Mirko Winkler, PhD, DTM&H

Professional activities at Swiss TPH

  • Health impact assessment of large infrastructure developments in low- and middle-income countries, particularly extractive industries, renewable energy projects and water resource developments
  • Exposure pathways and health effects of pesticide use in low- and middle-income countries
  • Changes in health status related to interventions that aim at building resilience and adaptation to climate extremes and urbanisation
  • Safe recovery and reuse of solid and liquid waste for promoting recycling of nutrients, energy and wastewater
  • Teaching and training in health impact assessment in low- and middle-income countries

 Education and qualifications

  • 2012-2014: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Epidemiology; Swiss TPH/University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2011: Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H); Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine, Lima, Peru/University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, USA
  • 2008-2011: PhD in Epidemiology; Swiss TPH/University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2002-2008: MSc in Environmental Sciences (Major: Biomedicine and Human- Environment Systems); ETH Zurich, Zurich Switzerland
  • 2001-2002: Cours des Mathématiques Spéciales (CMS); Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1996-2000: Professional Degree: Civil Engineering Draftsman and Computer Added Design (CAD) Technologist; WGG Schnetzer Puskas Ingenieure SIA/ASIC, Basel, Switzerland

 Professional activities

  • 2015-current: Scientific Project Leader; Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH), Swiss TPH/University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2015-current: Project Leader "Allgemeiner Tropenkurs (ATK)"; Department of Education and Training (ET), Swiss TPH/University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2015-2017: Visiting Research Fellow; Escola Nacional de Saúde Púplica Sergio Arouca (ENSP)’ at the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2011-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow; Swiss TPH/University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2008-2011: PhD student; Swiss TPH/University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2007-2008: Research Fellow; Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire


Farnham A, Utzinger J, Kulinkina A.V, Winkler M.S. Using district health information to monitor sustainable development. Bull World Health Organ. 2020;98:69-71. DOI: 10.2471/BLT.19.239970

Fuhrimann S, Staudacher P, Lindh C, van Wendel de Joode B, Mora A.M, Winkler M.S, Kromhout H. Variability and predictors of weekly pesticide exposure in applicators from organic, sustainable and conventional smallholder farms in Costa Rica. Occup Environ Med. 2020;77:40-47. DOI: 10.1136/oemed-2019-105884

Fuhrimann S, Winkler M.S, Staudacher P, Weiss F.T, Stamm C, Eggen R.I, Lindh C.H, Menezes-Filho J.A, Baker J.M, Ramirez-Munoz F, Gutierrez-Vargas R, Mora A.M. Exposure to pesticides and health effects on farm owners and workers from conventional and organic agricultural farms in Costa Rica: protocol for a cross-sectional study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019;8(1):e10914. DOI: 10.2196/10914

Leuenberger A, Farnham A, Azevedo S, Cossa H, Dietler D, Nimako B, Adongo P.B, Merten S, Utzinger J, Winkler M.S. Health impact assessment and health equity in sub-Saharan Africa: a scoping review. Environ Impact Assess Rev. 2019;79:106288. DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2019.106288

Winkler M, Adongo P.B, Binka F, Brugger F, Diagbouga S, Macete E, Munguambe K, Okumu F. Health impact assessment for promoting sustainable development: the HIA4SD project. Impact Assess Proj Apprais. 2019(in press). DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2019.1694783