The Institute of Public Health at CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin is pursuing the goal of improving public health at local, national and global levels through excellent and innovative research and teaching in public health. A public health approach is based on a comprehensive understanding of population health. It involves the mental, physical, psychological and social conditions of health and disease of a society or of population groups. It also considers the environment in which people live and work. From the public health perspective, the following guidelines have to be taken into account to solve health problems: the common good, the problem burden for the population and the affected people, the social and economic consequences, and the protection of particularly vulnerable groups.

The Institute for Public Health is part of the Charité Center for Human and Health Sciences (CC1).


The main research areas of the institute are:

  • Renal, neurological and cardiovascular epidemiology
  • Health Services research
  • Science research

The Center Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin as a Franco-German cooperation is affiliated with the institute. Please find further information about the Center Virchow-Villermé on its website.

Academic Programs

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) is responsible for training and further education in public health at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and aims to prepare specialists and managers optimally for the job market. The Institute's scientists train students and professionals in Master's courses in Public Health and Epidemiology at the Berlin School of Public Health (BSPH).

For particularly qualified young scientists the Institute of Public Health offers together with the Institute of Biometry and Clinical Epidemiology and the BIH Center for Transforming Biomedical Research (QUEST) a structured HEALTH DATA SCIENCES doctoral program (PhD).

The methodological transfer of knowledge is also promoted at IPH through intensive short courses and colloquia.