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Research priorities and interests of the Department

Global Health
The teaching and research field of Global Health adds an interdisciplinary and global dimension to the classical aspects of international health, much of which focuses on infectious diseases. It deals with health and the social, economic, political and cultural influences that cross national borders and thus have supraterritorial effects.
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Policy-related evidence

In today's fast-moving and globalising world, there is an immense need for scientific evidence among decision-makers in politics and social systems. Dynamic political events and developments often lead to the tendency or need for rapid decisions and responses.

The Department of Population Medicine and Health Services Research (AG 2) pursues the goal of synthesising timely and policy-oriented evidence on selected topics in order to inform political decision-making processes.
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Health inequities and the determinants of health
In a society that is increasingly multifaceted, diverse and potentially divisive, questions of social inequity and its impact on health and medical care arise. With a primary focus on the social determinants of health, our studies include analyses of health services and health care needs, epidemiological issues related to the burden of disease, and access to health care for disadvantaged population groups compared to the wider population.
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Antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic stewardship
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the greatest global health challenges of our time. As such, it has a high priority in German and global health policy. Increasing antibiotic prescribing and use in health care and agricultural is making more and more pathogens resistant to antibiotics. This resistance promotes the spread of various pathogens in the healthcare system, the general population and, ultimately, the environment as a whole.
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Migration, forced migration and health
Research in the field of migration, including forced and refugee migration, focuses on the causes, conditions and consequences of refugees and on application-oriented analyses of health policy measures at national, European and global level. From the point of view of population medicine, screening measures and their effectiveness, questions on the burden of disease, access to care and prevention measures, and the responsiveness of health systems are of great importance in an international comparison.
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Burden of disease
A central research focus of AG 2 department is the examination and application of methods for the quantification of disease impacts, the so-called "Burden of Disease" studies. In addition to the critical analysis of the available Burden of Disease methods, which have been developed especially for the "Global Burden of Disease" studies, the department carries out its own calculations of the disease burden using secondary data and different measures, as well as exploring different health areas and regions.
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Infectious disease epidemiology
As a branch of epidemiology, we deal with communicable diseases in infectious disease epidemiology and investigate both their share in the burden of disease and their distribution and spread within and between different population groups. We investigate their differential spread according to socio-economic aspects and analyse the underlying determinants and issues of social inequality.
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News from the School of Public Health

News from AG 2

16 September 2020
New publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and colleagues published in: Migration in West and North Africa and across the Mediterranean: trends, risks, development and governance
Health information management in the context of forced migration in Europe"

31 August 2020
News story in POLITICO with contributions by Prof. Bozorgmehr:
Germany eyes global health ambitions as US steps back"

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15 June 2020
So leicht hat es das Virus in Flüchtlingsheimen”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.

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12 June 2020
Plötzlich ein Corona-Hotspot”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.

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29 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr, Prof. Razum (AG3), Amir Mohsenpour and others as part of the Competence Network Public Health Covid-19:
SARS-CoV2 in collective refugee accommodation: Epidemiological and normativ-legal aspects
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28 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and other colleagues in Frontiers in Psychiatry:
Predictors of Asylum Seekers’ Health Care Utilization in the Early Phase of Resettlement
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04 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Razum (AG3), Verena Penning (AG3), Amir Mohsenpour und Prof. Bozorgmehr in Das Gesundheitswesen :
Covid-19 in Refugee Shelters: The German Public Health Service Needs Strengthening Now
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01 May 2020
Covid19-Small Area Monitor (Covid19-SAM) launched:
New instrument by AG2 to enable time-sensitive and small-area monitoring of the current Covid19 pandemic.
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03 April 2020
Commentary published in The Lancet Public Health:
COVID and the convergence of three crises in Europe
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02 March 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and Prof. Razum (A8):
Lost in Ambiguity: Facilitating Access or Upholding Barriers to Health Care for Asylum Seekers in Germany?
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02 March 2020
Health Policy and Systems Responses to Forced Migration :
Publication of the new book by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Prof. Razum and colleagues from Heidelberg University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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10 February 2020
Wie Wohlstand in Entwicklungsländern zur Krebsfalle wird”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.

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03 February 2020
New staff in the AG 2: Starting with February, we are glad to welcome Ms. Judith Wenner (MSc) as new staff member in our team.

15 January 2020
New staff in the AG 2: We are glad to welcome Mr. Diogo Costa (PhD) as new staff member in our team.

06 January 2020
New publication on ambulatory care sensitive hospitalisations among asylum seekers in Germany published in "BMJ Open":
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