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
  • Health promotion and prevention

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.

In the area of teaching and learning, the institute organizes colloquia and intensive short courses and offers postgraduate courses in public health and epidemiology at the Berlin School of Public Health. More information about the courses can be found on the Internet pages (in German only) of the Berlin School of Public Health.