Cultural epidemiology

Cultural epidemiology has been developed at the Swiss TPH in the framework of health social sciences. The approach extends social epidemiological study of social determinants to consideration of the distribution of cultural concepts and the relevance of illness explanatory models for public health. Our research relies on integrated quantitative and qualitative research that reflects ethnographic interests and benefits from epidemiological methods. Much of our research is concerned with how concepts of illness influences risk-related and help-seeking behaviours. Gender, stigma and mental health remain focal interests, and current topics of study include vaccine acceptance; consumer awareness, access, preference and use of essential medicines; risk-related behaviour affecting risk of widespread chronic diseases, such as hypertension; and community contexts of control of neglected tropical diseases, such as Buruli ulcer, cholera and leprosy