Unit | Society, Gender and Health

Social, cultural and gender-related issues are central to effective disease control and achieving public health aims. The unit conducts research on gender and health, medical anthropology and cultural epidemiology, among others. These topics represent key aspects of the health social sciences and acknowledge the importance of gender as a critical determinant of health.

Gender and Health

Current gender and health research focuses on how gender shapes health status and accesa to health care. We conceputalise gender as a socio-cultural health determinant and examine, for example, cultural drivers and barriers affecting access to services for patients with HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, we address sex/gender-related factors in epidemiological models of non-communicable diseases.

Medical Anthropology

The medical anthropology research emphasises an actor approach to studying health and illness. We have developed vulnerability and resilience models, including a multi-layered framework to guide research, and we build capacity to increase social health protection and access to services in adverse urban and rural African settings.

Sonja Merten

PD Dr. Sonja Merten, MD, PhD, MPH

Jacobi J et al. Utilization of research knowledge in sustainable development pathways: Insights from a transdisciplinary research-for-development programme. Environ Sci Policy. 2020;103:21-29. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.10.003

Nhung N.T.T et al. Exposure to air pollution and risk of hospitalization for cardiovascular diseases amongst Vietnamese adults: case-crossover study. Sci Total Environ. 2020;703:134637. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134637

Ackermann-Liebrich U, Felber Dietrich D, Kutlar Joss M. Respiratory and cardiovascular effects of NO2. Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, 1-10. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2019. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.02128-X

Ali A.M. Population pharmacokinetic modelling and simulation of antimalaria drugs to optimize dosing in neglected populations. Basel: Univ. Basel, 2019. PhD Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Science

Alkaiyat A et al. Interventional cardiac catheterization predictors at Al-Arabi heart Center in Palestine in 2017. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2019;19:237. DOI: 10.1186/s12872-019-1222-0