Dept | Epidemiology and Public Health EPH

Infectious and Non­-communicable diseases

The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) primarily conducts research to strengthen public health and health systems. The wide array of research activities include  studying the distribution of infectious and non­-communicable diseases in both the South and North; ex­ploring the environmental, ecological, social, gender and molecular contexts of health and illness; determining the effectiveness of interventions and health systems; and elucidating patterns of access to, and use of, health ser­vices.

Epidemiological, Biostatistical and Modelling Methods

EPH develops and applies cutting-edge epidemiological, biostatistical and modelling methods to advance the broad field of public health according to the institute’s strategy of innovation, validation and application. Developing and applying health impact assessment tools also provides information about the public health relevance of policies, strategies, decisions or projects.In these ways, EPH contributes to improving health and policy making in Switzerland, Europe, and in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas. 

Sharing Expertise

Through its support platform, EPH’s methodological expertise is available to all Swiss TPH staff, University of Basel research partners and external customers. Services include study planning, quantitative and qualitative methods support, biostatistics advice, data management, software development and geographical information systems support to strengthen public health research and services. 

Nicole Probst-Hensch

Nicole Probst-Hensch, Professor, PhD (Pharmacy and Epidemiology), MPH

Head of Department, Group Leader, Head of Unit
+41612848378
nicole.probst@unibas.ch

EPH scientists also give advice to policy makers,agencies and institutions, an activity that constitutes a key part of our strategic commitment to supporting science-based policy making.  EPH staff is also heavily involved in teaching and training at all levels and in various faculties and institutions.

Strengthening Population-based cohorts

Its 24 research groups are administratively and strategically assembled in eight interdisciplinary research units to address the dynamic clusters of cross-cutting public health topics. EPH strengthens large-scale national and international research platforms of population-based cohorts and promotes the scientific use of dynamic cohorts established inlarge demographic surveys in Africa and Asia. Departmental expertise includes integrating analysis of health databases with social, cultural, environmental, molecular and genetic information (biobanking) as well as modelling and mapping diseases and exposures.

Advancing Public Health

EPH develops and applies cutting-edge epidemiological, biostatistical and modelling methods to advance the broad field of public health according to the institute’s strategy of innovation, validation and application. Developing and applying health impact assessment tools also provides information about the public health relevance of policies, strategies, decisions or projects.In these ways, EPH contributes to improving health and policy making in Switzerland, Europe, and in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

02.03.2017 - 13:30:00

SNSF Professorship Awarded to Melissa Penny

Melissa Penny, Swiss TPH, was awarded with a professorship of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to undertake research to better understand interactions between... More...

24.02.2017 - 16:44:46

Thematic r4d Project Awarded to Swiss TPH

Swiss TPH was awarded a 6-year research grant worth CHF 2.6 million by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme) to study linkages of... More...

23.01.2017 - 08:00:00

DNA sequencing to identify causes of acute fever in Africa

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grants 2.5 million USD to Swiss scientists to strengthen the surveillance of acute febrile illnesses in Africa by using high-throughput DNA... More...