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Dr. Stephan Brenner


Postdoctoral Researcher

Stephan Brenner is a physician trained in Emergency Medicine and International Public Health. His research seeks to assess the impact of health financing programs in low-income contexts with a special focus on quality of care outcomes (including health service provision, health care worker performance) across a range of clinical services (maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, emergency and acute care). His research is mainly based on mixed-methods study designs and I commonly use both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Prior to joining the Institute of Global Health, Stephan was trained as an emergency physician at Washington University in Saint Louis and later worked as technical advisor and field coordinator for Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in a project implementing emergency care services in Ghana.


2006 Dr.med, (MD/PhD equivalent) University of Tübingen
2006 MPH, Harvard School of Public Health  


Brenner S, De Allegri M, Gabrysch S, Chinkhumba J, Sarker M, Muula AS. (2015). The quality of clinical maternal and neonatal healthcare - a strategy for identifying 'routine care signal functions'. PLoS One, 15;10(4).

Kambala, C., Lohmann, J., Muula, A., De Allegri, M., Brenner, S., Mazalale, J., & Sarker, M. (2015). How do Malawian women rate the quality of maternal and newborn care? Experiences and perceptions of women in the central and southern regions. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 15:169.

Mazalale J, Kambala C, Brenner S, Chinkhumba J, Lohmann J, Mathanga DP, Robberstad B, Muula AS, De Allegri M. (2015). Factors associated with delivery outside a health facility: cross-sectional study in rural Malawi. Tropical Medicine & International Health, 20(5):617-626.

Wang Q, Fu AZ, Brenner S, Kalmus O, Banda HT, De Allegri M. (2015). Out-of-Pocket Expenditure on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Rural Malawi. PLoS One, 13;10(1).

Brenner S, Muula AS, Robyn PJ, Bärnighausen T, Sarker M, Mathanga DP, Bossert T, De Allegri M. (2014) Design of an impact evaluation using a mixed methods model--an explanatory assessment of the effects of results-based financing mechanisms on maternal healthcare services in Malawi. BMC Health Service Research,14:180.

Wang Q, Brenner S, Leppert G, Banda TH, Kalmus O, De Allegri M. (2014). Health seeking behaviour and the related household out-of-pocket expenditure for chronic non-communicable diseases in rural Malawi. Health Policy and Planning, 30(2):242-52.

Punguyire D, Baiden F, Nyuzaghl J, Hultgren A, Berko Y, Brenner S, Soghoian S, Adjei G, Niyogi A, Moresky R. (2014). Presentation, management, and outcome of snake-bite in two district hospitals in Ghana. The Pan African Medical Journal, 19:219.

Brustoski K, Möller U, Kramer M, Petelski A, Brenner S, Palmer DR, Bongartz M, Kremsner PG, Luty AJ, Krzych U. (2005). IFN-gamma and IL-10 mediate parasite-specific immune responses of cord blood cells induced by pregnancy-associated Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Journal of Immunology, 174(3):1738-45.

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