Social Epidemiology Unit

The Social Epidemiology Unit conducts research on health inequity by investigating its causes as well as developing and testing approaches to reduce inequity. In order to achieve this goal we analyze the influence of the causes of causes – social determinants and policies – on expositions, health behaviors and health status across the life course.

Complexity and diversity are of key concern when analyzing causes of inequity and potential remedies. The co-occurrence and entanglement of different dimensions of inequality (especially socioeconomic status, gender, and migration status) is hereby central for the attainment of an extended understanding of health inequities. To this end we draw on concepts such as intersectionality and superdiversity and analyze how the said concepts can contribute to our understanding of health inequities in epidemiologic research. As well as analyzing causes of health inequity, we aim to develop and evaluate sociocultural sensitive concepts of healthcare and preventive services that reflect the existing complexity and diversity. In our research we use both qualitative and quantitative methods. Addressing aspects of diversity (especially gender and migration sensitivity) during the different stages of the research process and in the development of preventive interventions is one of our core competencies.

Selected publications

    Articles with peer-review

  • Bradby H, Lindenmeyer A, Phillimore J, Padilla B, Brand T. 'If there were doctors who could understand our problems, I would already be better': Dissatisfactory health care and marginalisation in superdiverse neighbourhoods. Sociology of Health and Illness. 2020;42(4):739-757.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.13061
  • Samkange-Zeeb F, Borisova L, Padilla B, Bradby H, Phillimore J, Zeeb H, Brand T. Superdiversity, migration and use of internet-based health information - Results of a cross-sectional survey conducted in 4 European countries. BMC Public Health. 2020;20:1263.
    https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09329-6
  • Bauer J, Brand T, Zeeb H. Pre-migration socioeconomic status and post-migration health satisfaction among Syrian refugees in Germany: A cross-sectional analysis. PLoS Medicine. 2020;17(3):e1003093.
    https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003093
  • Forberger S, Reisch LA, Kampfmann T, Zeeb H. Nudging to move: A scoping review of the use of choice architecture interventions to promote physical activity in the general population. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2019;16:77.
    https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-019-0844-z

Current projects

Staff

Benson, Jennifer
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Brand, Tilman, Dr.
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Forberger, Sarah, Dr.
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Frense, Jennifer
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Gencer, Hande
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Gerstmann, Marieke
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Hübner, Wiebke
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Kühne, Lisa
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Müllmann, Saskia, Dr.
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Ochterbeck, Doris
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Samkange-Zeeb, Florence, Dr.
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Schepan, Marie Lisanne
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Schönbach, Dorothea, Dr.
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Wiersing, Rebekka
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