Research in the department "Prevention and Evaluation" aims at
- obtaining new insights into social determinants of health risks and factors of promoting health,
- developing and evaluating innovative Public Health interventions for non-communicable diseases and their risk factors, and
- analysing the effectiveness of Public Health interventions with regard to aspects of equality in the fields of prevention, health promotion, and health care.
The department comprises two interdisciplinary units (Applied Health Intervention Research and Social Epidemiology) and the associated research group for Evidence-Based Public Health.
The scientific base of the research activities and transfer services is a population based approach which utilizes findings from risk factor research, or alternatively conducts own research on these factors.
Main Research Areas of the Department
The unit Social Epidemiology focusses on the topic "Diversity and Health" with regard to migration, ageing, and sex/gender. We examine e.g. cancer among persons with migrant background, physical activity in older persons, and issues of equality of care in prevention and therapy.
Moreover, we conduct methods research aimed at the improvement of recruiting groups which are difficult to access for epidemiological research.
At this time, the department is co-editor of a Frontiers Research Topic regarding "Social Inequities in Cancer", further details may be retrieved from here.
Regarding intervention research we are particularly interested in evidence-based concepts of interventions for prevention and health promotion. Diet, physical activitiy, and substance use are our main fields of application. E- and M-health approaches for prevention are examined systematically. Adding to that, we keep up a long tradition in science based counselling and support of social institutions such as child day care centers or senior citizens' homes with particular regard to nutritional and hygiene concepts.
In the scope of the German Universities Excellence Initiative a collaborative research group was established in cooperation with the University of Bremen. The research group is closely associated with the departmen. Together with the IPP of the University of Bremen, the department is a founding member of the international Cochrane Public Health Europe (CPHE) group.
In terms of interdepartmental research the department coordinates the following researchs areas:
- Occupational, radiation, and environmental epidemiology (ORE)
The department holds particular expertise in exploring health effects of ionizing and UV radiation for the general public and for distinct groups (patients, individuals with occupational radiation exposure) which is reflected by international cooperations e.g. with the University od Nagasaki/ Japan.
- Physical activity research (PAR)
- Epidemiology of ageing, among others in cooperation with the Leibniz Research Alliance "Health Ageing".
Units and research groups
Cross-departmental working groups
The list shows only projects for which the department has the main scientific responsibility. It only includes those projects that are currently running or that ended less than a year ago. The entries are sorted alphabetically.
- Accelerometry in pre-schoolers
- An evaluation of the implementation and health effects of the health promotion program "JolinchenKids - Fit and healthy in daycare" at 68 daycare facilities in Germany
- Assessing medical radiation exposure in the German National Cohort
- Dissemination and sustainable implementation of (online-) interventions for the prevention of harmful substance use among university students
- Gender, time use and health among the elderly in contemporary welfare states
- Health promotion and capacity building with migrants for migrants
- Physical activity and health equity: Primary prevention for healthy ageing (AEQUIPA)
- Promotion of healthy nutrition in city-run day care facilities in Bremen - KiTa Bremen
- Promotion of healthy nutrition in day care facilities of the Protestant church in Bremen
- Qualitative content analysis of smartphone apps for the promotion of physical activity and pilot study examining attitudes toward and use of physical activity apps among persons aged 50 years and above
- Radiation-associated tumor risk in aircrew in Germany - Implementation of a third follow-up (FLIPKO)
- Respondent driven sampling as a new method for recruiting vulnerable population groups
- Systematic literature review of migrant sensitive approaches to prevention and health promotion
- Understanding the practice and developing a theory of welfare bricolage (UPWEB)
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