Research fellow

Prof. Dr. Hajo Zeeb

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Hajo Zeeb took over the Department of Prevention and Evaluation at the BIPS in January 2010.

He graduated from the RWTH Aachen in Germany where he also wrote his medical dissertation. After several years of clinical medical practice in Germany and the UK, he worked as a medical officer in Northern Namibia. Returning to Germany, he obtained a Masters Degree in Public Health from Heidelberg University and worked as epidemiologist for the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ Heidelberg) and then from 1999-2005 at the University of Bielefeld, School of Public Health. There he was involved in various epidemiological studies and taught in the Public Health and Epidemiology degree courses, in particular the MSc Epidemiology.

In 2005 Dr.Zeeb joined the Department of Public Health and Environment of the World Health Organization in Geneva, working mainly on issues related to environmental radiation. He then took over a post as Professor of Epidemiology at the Institute of Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, University Medical Center, Mainz University, before coming to Bremen in 2010.

Prof. Zeeb is an active member of several international and national scientific organisations (e.g. IEA, DGEpi), as well as the risk committee of the German Radiation Protection Commission (SSK) and various working goups of this committee. He is a current member of the German UNSCEAR delegation.

Hajo Zeeb is Co-Speaker of the high-profile research area “Health Sciences” of the University of Bremen. As speaker of the board of directors he heads the Leibniz ScienceCampus Digital Public Health Bremen since 2019.




Selected publications

  • Articles with peer-review

  • Langner I, Krieg V, Heidinger O, Hense H-W, Zeeb H. Anreicherung eines GKV-Datensatzes mit amtlichen Todesursachen über einen Abgleich mit dem Epidemiologischen Krebsregister Nordrhein-Westfalen: Machbarkeitsstudie und Methodenvergleich. Das Gesundheitswesen. 2019;81(8/9):629-635.
  • Erdmann F, Winther JF, Dalton S, Zeeb H, Kroyer A, Bautz A, Schmiegelow K, Schüz J. Survival from tumours of the central nervous system in Danish children: Is survival related to family circumstances? International Journal of Cancer. 2018;142(4):671-680.
  • Müllmann S, Forberger S, Möllers T, Bröring E, Zeeb H, Pischke CR. Effectiveness of eHealth interventions for the promotion of physical activity in older adults: A systematic review. Preventive Medicine. 2018;108:93-110.
  • Wollschläger D, Hammer GP, Schafft T, Dreger S, Blettner M, Zeeb H. Estimated radiation exposure of German commercial airline cabin crew in the years 1960-2003 modeled using dose registry data for 2004-2015. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. 2018;28(3):275-280.
  • Zeeb H, Hilderink H, Forberger S. Umwelt und der "Health in all Policies"-Ansatz - Ein Überblick. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2018;61(6):729-736.
  • Brand T, Samkange-Zeeb F, Ellert U, Keil T, Krist L, Dragano N, Jöckel K-H, Razum O, Reiss K, Greiser KH, Zimmermann H, Becher H, Zeeb H. Acculturation and health-related quality of life. Results from the German National Cohort migrant feasibility study. International Journal of Public Health. 2017;62(5):521-529.
  • Schönbach J, Pfinder M, Börnhorst C, Zeeb H, Brand T. Changes in sports participation across transition to retirement: Modification by migration background and acculturation status. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017;14(11):1356.
  • Seidler A, Hegewald J, Seidler L, Schubert M, Wagner M, Dröge P, Haufe E, Schmitt J, Swart E, Zeeb H. Association between aircraft, road and railway traffic noise and depression in a large case-control study based on secondary data. Environmental Research. 2017;152:263-271.
  • Zeeb H, Hegewald J, Schubert M, Wagner M, Dröge P, Swart E, Seidler A. Traffic noise and hypertension - Results from a large case-control study. Environmental Research. 2017;157:110-117.
  • Böckmann M, Zeeb H. Justice and equity implications of climate change adaptation: A theoretical evaluation framework. Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland). 2016;4(3):65.
  • Brand T, Gansefort D, Rothgang H, Roeseler S, Meyer J, Zeeb H. Promoting community readiness for physical activity among older adults in Germany - Protocol of the Ready To Change intervention trial. BMC Public Health. 2016;16:99.
  • Erdmann F, Winther JF, Oksbjerg S, Lightfoot T, Zeeb H, Bay Simony S, Deltour I, Ferro G, Bautz A, Schmiegelow K, Schüz J. Survival from childhood haematological malignancies in Denmark: Is survival related to family characteristics? Pediatric Blood & Cancer. 2016;63(6):1096-1104.
  • Helmer S, Müllmann S, Zeeb H, Pischke CR. Development and evaluation of the efficacy of a web-based 'social norms'-intervention for the prevention and reduction of substance use in a cluster-controlled trial conducted at eight German universities. BMC Public Health. 2016;16:252.
  • Krumkamp R, Kreuels B, Sarpong N, Boahen Gyau K, Foli G, Hogan B, Jaeger A, Reigl L, Zeeb H, Marks F, Adu-Sarkodie Y, May J. Association between malaria and invasive nontyphoidal salmonella infection in a hospital study: Accounting for Berkson's bias. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2016;62(Suppl. 1):S83-S89.
  • Möllers T, Pischke CR, Zeeb H. Do tanning salons adhere to new legal regulations? Results of a simulated client trial in Germany. Radiation and Environmental Biophysics. 2016;55(1):133-137.
  • Portier CJ, Armstrong BK, Baguley BC, Baur X, Belyaev I, Bellé R, Belpoggi F, Biggeri A, Bosland MC, Bruzzi P, Budnik LT, Bugge MD, Burns K, Calaf GM, Carpenter DO, Carpenter HM, López-Carrillo L, Clapp R, Cocco P, Consonni D, Comba P, Craft E, Dalvie MA, Davis D, Demers P, De Roos AJ, DeWitt J, Forastiere F, Freedman JH, Fritschi L, Gaus C, Gohlke JM, Goldberg M, Greiser E, Hansen J, Hardell L, Hauptmann M, Huang W, Huff J, James MO, Jameson CW, Kortenkamp A, Kopp-Schneider A, Kromhout H, Larramendy ML, Landrigan PJ, Lash LH, Leszczynski D, Lynch CF, Magnani C, Mandrioli D, Martin FL, Merler E, Michelozzi P, Miligi L, Miller AB, Mirabelli D, Mirer FE, Naidoo S, Perry MJ, Petronio MG, Pirastu R, Portier RJ, Ramos KS, Robertson LW, Rodriguez T, Röösli M, Ross MK, Roy D, Rusyn I, Saldivia P, Sass J, Savolainen K, Scheepers PTJ, Sergi C, Silbergeld EK, Smith MT, Stewart BW, Sutton P, Tateo F, Terracini B, Thielmann HW, Thomas DB, Vainio H, Vena JE, Vineis P, Weiderpass E, Weisenburger D, Woodruff TJ, Yorifuji T, Yu IJ, Zambon P, Zeeb H, Zhou S-F. Differences in the carcinogenic evaluation of glyphosate between the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2016;70(8):741-745.
  • Sachse MM, Böttcher S, Pape L, Wagner G, Mehls O, Klaus G, Laschewski G, Barz M, Jahn I, Zeeb H. Face-to-face sun protection training and text messages improve sun protection behaviour in paediatric organ transplant recipients: HIPPOlino feasibility study. Acta Dermato-Venereologica. 2016;96(3):341-345.
  • Sheng Ng CF, Böckmann M, Kayo U, Zeeb H, Nitta H, Watanabe C, Honda Y. Heat-related mortality: Effect modification and adaptation in Japan from 1972-2010. Global Environmental Change. 2016;39:234-243.
  • Steenbock B, Zeeb H, Liedtke S, Pischke CR. Ergebnisse der Prozessevaluation eines Programms zur Gesundheitsförderung von 3- bis 6-jährigen Kita-Kindern: "JolinchenKids - Fit und gesund in der KiTa". Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung. 2016;11(1):12-19.
  • Brzoska P, Ellert U, Kimil A, Razum O, Sass A-C, Salman R, Zeeb H. Reviewing the topic of migration and health as a new national health target for Germany. International Journal of Public Health. 2015;60(1):13-20.
  • Dreger S, Pöttgen S, Samkange-Zeeb F, Merzenich H, Ningo A, Breckow J, Zeeb H. Retrospective assessment of self-reported exposure to medical ionizing radiation: Results of a feasibility study conducted in Germany. BMC Research Notes. 2015;8:300.
  • Bochicchio F, Hulka J, Ringer W, Rowenska K, Fojtikova I, Venoso G, Bradley J, Fenton D, Gruson M, Arvela H, Holmgren O, Quindos L, McLaughlin J, Collignan B, Gray A, Grosche B, Jiranek M, Kalimeri K, Kephalopoulos M, Kreuzer M, Schlesinger D, Zeeb H, Bartzis J. National radon programmes and policies: The RADPAR recommendations. Radiation Protection Dosimetry. 2014;160(1-3):14-17.
  • Böckmann M, Zeeb H. Using a social justice and health framework to assess European climate change adaptation strategies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2014;11(12):12389-12411.
  • Erdmann F, Kaatsch P, Zeeb H, Roman E, Lightfoot T, Schüz J. Survival from childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in West Germany: Does socio-demographic background matter? European Journal of Cancer. 2014;50(7):1345-1353.
  • Hammer GP, Auvinen A, de Stavola BL, Grajewski B, Gundestrup M, Haldorsen T, Hammar N, Lagorio S, Linnersjö A, Pinkerton L, Pukkala E, Rafnsson V, Dos-Santos-Silva I, Storm HH, Strand T-E, Tzonou A, Zeeb H, Blettner M. Mortality from cancer and other causes in commercial airline crews: A joint analysis of cohorts from 10 countries. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2014;71(5):313-322.
  • Helmer S, Mikolajczyk R, McAlaney J, Vriesacker B, Van Hal G, Akvardar Y, Guillén-Grima F, Salonna F, Stock C, Dempsey R, Bewick BM, Zeeb H. lllicit substance use among university students from seven European countries: A comparison of personal and perceived peer use and attitudes towards illicit substance use. Preventive Medicine. 2014;67(10):204-209.
  • Plass D, Vos T, Hornberg C, Scheidt-Nave C, Zeeb H, Krämer A. Trends in disease burden in Germany: Results, implications and limitations of the Global Burden of Disease Study. Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. 2014;111(38):629-638.
  • Reiss K, Dragano N, Ellert U, Fricke J, Greiser KH, Keil T, Krist L, Moebus S, Pundt N, Schlaud M, Yesil-Jürgens R, Zeeb H, Zimmermann H, Razum O, Jöckel K-H, Becher H. Comparing sampling strategies to recruit migrants for an epidemiological study. Results from a German feasibility study. European Journal of Public Health. 2014;24(5):721-726.
  • Winter M, Blettner M, Zeeb H. Prevalence of risk factors for breast cancer in German airline cabin crew: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology. 2014;9:27.
  • Erdmann F, Lortet-Tieulent J, Schüz J, Zeeb H, Greinert R, Breitbart EW, Bray F. International trends in the incidence of malignant melanoma 1953 - 2008. Are recent generations at higher risk or lower risk? International Journal of Cancer. 2013;132(2):385-400.
  • Hammer GP, Blettner M, Langner I, Zeeb H. Cosmic radiation and mortality from cancer among male German airline pilots: Extended cohort follow-up. European Journal of Epidemiology. 2012;27(6):419-429.
  • Krille L, Zeeb H, Jahnen A, Mildenberger P, Seidenbusch MC, Schneider K, Weisser G, Hammer GP, Scholz P, Blettner M. Computed tomographies and cancer risk in children: A literature overview of CT practices, risk estimations and an epidemiologic cohort study proposal. Radiation and Environmental Biophysics. 2012;51(2):103-111.
  • Merzenich H, Krille L, Hammer GP, Kaiser M, Yamashita S, Zeeb H. Paediatric CT scan usage and referrals of children to computed tomography in Germany - A cross-sectional survey of medical practice and awareness of radiation related health risks among physicians. BMC Health Services Research. 2012;12:47.
  • Reeske A, Zeeb H, Razum O, Spallek J. Differences in the incidence of gestational diabetes between women of Turkish and German origin: An analysis of health insurance data from a statutory health insurance in Berlin, Germany (AOK), 2005-2007. Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde. 2012;72(4):305-310.
  • Spallek L, Krille L, Reiners C, Schneider R, Yamashita S, Zeeb H. Adverse effects of iodine thyroid blocking: A systematic review. Radiation Protection Dosimetry. 2012;150(3):267-277.
  • Zeeb H. Vitamin D and cancer prevention. Current Nutrition Reports. 2012;1(1):24-29.
  • Zeeb H, Gael H, Blettner M. Epidemiological investigations of aircrew: An occupational group with low-level cosmic radiation exposure. Journal of Radiological Protection. 2012;32(1):N15-N19.
  • Gallois KM, De Henauw S, Hassel H, Hebestreit A, Pigeot I, Zeeb H. Standardisierte Entwicklung der IDEFICS-Intervention und Implementierung in Deutschland. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2011;54(3):330-338.
  • Krille L, Jahnen A, Mildenberger P, Schneider K, Weisser G, Zeeb H, Blettner M. Computed tomography in children - multicenter cohort study design for the evaluation of cancer risk. European Journal of Epidemiology. 2011;26(3):249-250.
  • Samkange-Zeeb F, Spallek L, Zeeb H. Awareness and knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among school-going adolescents in Europe: A systematic review of published literature. BMC Public Health. 2011;11:727.
  • Spallek J, Zeeb H, Razum O. What do we have to know from migrants' past exposures to understand their health staus? A life course approach. Emerging Themes in Epidemiology. 2011;8(6)
  • Zeeb H, Ahrens W, Pigeot I. Primärprävention: Konzepte und Strategien. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2011;54(3):265-271.
  • Zeeb H, Müller S. Gesundheit nach Fukushima. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz. 2011;54(7):886-890.
  • Merzenich H, Zeeb H, Blettner M. Decreasing sperm quality: A global problem? BMC Public Health. 2010;10:24.
  • Spallek J, Zeeb H, Razum O. Prevention among migrants: The example of Germany. BMC Public Health. 2010;10:92.
  • Zeeb H, Greinert R. The role of vitamin D in cancer prevention: Does UV protection conflict with the need to raise low levels of vitamin D? Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. 2010;107(37):638-643.
  • Zeeb H, Hammer GP, Langner I, Schafft T, Bennack S, Blettner M. Cancer mortality among German aircrew: second follow-up. Radiation and Environmental Biophysics. 2010;49(2):187-194.
  • Articles without peer-review

  • Helmer S, Pischke CR, Zeeb H. Soziale Normen-Interventionen zur Reduktion des Substanzkonsums bei Studierenden: Einsatz eines in Deutschland noch neuartigen Präventionsansatzes. Zeitschrift für Beratung und Studium. 2016;1:11-13.
  • Books

  • Razum O, Zeeb H, Müller O, Jahn A, editors. Global Health - Gesundheit und Gerechtigkeit. Bern: Hans Huber; 2014.
  • Niu S, Deboodt P, Zeeb H, editors. Approaches to attribution of detrimental health effects to occupational ionizing radiation exposure and their application in compensation programmes for cancer. Jointly prepared by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Geneva, Switzerland: International Labor Office; 2010.
  • Book chapters

  • Zeeb H, Pischke CR, Ahrens W, Pigeot I. Anforderungen an die Evaluation lebensweltbezogener Ansätze der Übergewichtsprävention. In: Dadaczynski K, Quilling E, Walter U, editors. Übergewichtsprävention im Kindes- und Jugendalter. Grundlagen, Strategien und Interventionskonzepte in Lebenswelten. Bern: Hogrefe. 2018. S. 229-244.
  • Spallek J, Reeske A, Zeeb H, Razum O. Models of migration and health. In: Thomas F, editors. Handbook of migration and health. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 2016. S. 44-58.
  • Foraita R, Spallek J, Zeeb H. Directed acyclic graphs. In: Ahrens W, Pigeot I, editors. Handbook of epidemiology. 2nd edition. New York: Springer. 2014. S. 1481-1517.
  • Zeeb H, Merzenich H, Wicke H, Blettner M. Radiation epidemiology. In: Ahrens W, Pigeot I, editors. Handbook of epidemiology. 2nd edition. New York: Springer. 2014. S. 2003-2037.
  • Zeeb H. Exposure guidelines and radon policy. In: Nriagu J, editors. Encyclopedia of environmental health. Burlington: Elsevier. 2011. S. 624-629.
  • Spallek J, Zeeb H. Bedarf und Inanspruchnahme psychiatrischer Versorgung durch Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund in Deutschland. In: Hegemann T, Salman R, editors. Transkulturelle Psychiatrie. Bonn: Psychiatrie-Verlag. 2010. S. 58-68.
  • Letters

  • Wildner M, Wieler LH, Zeeb H, on behalf of the standing committee of the Future Forum Public Health. Germany’s expanding role in global health. The Lancet. 2018;391(10121):657.
  • Gerhardus A, Razum O, Zeeb H. Reforming public and global health research in Germany. The Lancet. 2015;386(9996):852.
  • Zeeb H, Spallek J, Jahn I. Gender agenda: New German studies will consider both sexes. Nature. 2010;466:315.

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Foundations of epidemiology modules I and II - Bachelor Public Health Course, University of Bremen
Master of Epidemiology, University of Bremen
Master of Science in Epidemiology, Medical Center, Mainz University

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