Research at the Institute of Public Health

Research at the Institute of Public Health focuses on

  • Epidemiology (renal, cardiovascular, neuro)
  • Health services research
  • Methods and Meta-Research with the Mentoring-Program CONNECT
  • Innovation funds projects

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Research priorities of the Institute

Research at the Institute of Public Health (IPH) translates scientific findings into evidence-based and sustainable concepts for improving public health. The main research areas of the Institute are:

Kidney, neuro and cardiovascular epidemiology with the working groups and projects:

  • BIS - Berlin Initiative Study (Epidemiology of Kidney Function in Old Age
  • Epidemiological & Health services research on cardiovascular disease and meta-research on post-marketing studies
  • Migraine and Parkinson's Disease: effects and consequences for Public Health

Health care services research with the projects:

  • CDCare

Methods and Meta Research with the working group CONVERGE - Causal methOds and NeuroVascular Epidemiology Research Group and the mentoring program CONNECT - Connecting Researchers for Methods Exchange Training Initiative.

Climate Change and Health with the projects:

  • FHEED – Food Hygiene to reduce Environmental Enteric Dysfunction
  • FAARM – Food and Agricultural Approaches to Reducing Malnutrition

In addition, the Institute is involved in three innovation funds projects:

  •  T-NAMSE: Evaluation Research
  •  SMARTGEM: Mobile Migraine App
  •  ANNOTEM: Telemedicine

Our research is carried out in accordance with the Charité Satzung der Charité zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis.

Publications at the IPH

Projects at the IPH

Projects at IPH related to the COVID-19 pandemic


Scientists at the Institute of Public Health contribute their epidemiological expertise in various projects and publications on Covid-19:


  • Examination of technical possibilities, including an AI-supported coronavirus hotline assistant, to relieve the telephone service in public health care facilities during pandemics.
    The corona crisis poses challenges to the German health care system that require innovative solutions. Health authorities in particular had to reorganize themselves very quickly in order to be able to respond to the large number of inquiries from citizens and companies and to manage the time-consuming telephone calls for contact tracing. Due to this additional activity, which is difficult to plan, the hotlines require personnel resources that are urgently needed in the actual field of activity, such as child protection, or which are simply not available today. Modern technological approaches can meet these challenges in order to relieve the burden on the employees and still ensure accessibility even in the event of further possible waves of infection.
    The primary objective of this research project is to test technology to relieve the telephone service of health authorities during a pandemic. In this context, it is to be examined whether and how quickly and efficiently an existing AI-supported telephone assistant for medical practices can be converted to support internal workflows and educational work of the health authorities.
  • Submission of project idea (with the Institut für angewandte Gesundheitsforschung, InGef) within the framework of the National Research Network of University Medicine on Covid-19: "Ad hoc use of GKV (health insurance) data and supplementary medical data for health care research in the event of a pandemic".
    Currently under review.


  • BMJ, Publication:
    Use of all cause mortality to quantify the consequences of covid-19 in Nembro, Lombardy: descriptive study.
    Piccininni M, Rohmann JL, Foresti L, Lurani C, Kurth T. BMJ. 2020 May 14;369:m1835. doi:10.1136/bmj.m1835
    link press release Charité
    link publication
  • BMJ, Opinion:
    A parallel pandemic: the crush of covid-19 publications tests the capacity of scientific publishing
    Tobias Kurth, Institute of Public Health, CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin, Marco Piccininni, Institute of Public Health, CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin, Elizabeth W. Loder, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and Head of research, The BMJ, Jessica L. Rohmann, Institute of Public Health, CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin.
    link BMJopinion


  • Interview with Prof. Tobias Kurth on the occasion of the publication on all cause mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic in Nembro/Lombardy on Deutschlandfunk
  • Interview with Prof. Elke Schäffner on general epidemiological questions in Bild der Frau
  • Provision of brochures (available online) with online or telephone counselling services for patients with lung cancer or strokes and their relatives within the framework of Navicare
  • BEMC-Talk 3.6.2020: Laura Wynants, Netherlands, “A journey through the disorderly world of diagnostic and prognostic models for covid-19”


Completed projects (selection)

Project name


A Study to Evaluate Different Decision-Making Approaches Used by Women Known to be at Increased Risk for Breast Cancer (DMP-1)

Health Services Research

Epidemiologische Risiko-Scores als Instrumente des Wissenstransfers

Science Studies

Krankheitsvorstellungen und Krankheitserfahrungen von Ovarialkarzinompatientinnen

Health Services Research

Berufsprofil und Arbeitsfelder der Diätassistentinnen und Diätassistenten in Deutschland

Health Services Research

Sozialpolitische Entwicklungen und die Einführung neuer medizinischer Praktiken

Science Studies

Medizinische Versorgung von Menschen ohne legalen Aufenthaltsstatus in Berlin. Eine Befragung von Ärzt/innen in Berlin

Health Services Research

Evaluation des Projektes "Unsere Kommune ist demenzfreundlich"


Evaluation des Projektes "Menschen mit Demenz in der Kommune - Achtsamkeit und seelsorgerische Begleitung für Menschen mit Demenz"

Health Services Research

Gesundheitsförderung durch Empowerment von Frauen im Setting Stadtteil – Evaluation des Projekts Stadtteilmütter in Berlin-Kreuzberg

Health Services Research

Biobanks and the communication of risk knowledge: Interventions by researchers, practioners and artists

Science Studies

Research database

For more details please use the Charité research database.