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

Allabadi H et al. Depression and anxiety symptoms in cardiac patients: a cross-sectional hospital-based study in a Palestinian population. BMC Public Health. 2019;19:232. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-6561-3

Aminzadeh R et al. The effect of antenna polarization and body morphology on the measurement uncertainty of a wearable multi-band distributed exposure meter. Ann Telecomm. 2019;74(1-2):67-77. DOI: 10.1007/s12243-018-0691-y

Bottazzi P, Winkler M.S, Speranza C.I. Flood governance for resilience in cities: the historical policy transformations in Dakar's suburbs. Environ Sci Policy. 2019;93:172-180. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.12.013

Bringolf-Isler B et al. Association of objectively measured and perceived environment with accelerometer-based physical activity and cycling: a Swiss population-based cross-sectional study of children. Int J Public Health. 2019(in press). DOI: 10.1007/s00038-019-01206-3

Brink M et al. A survey on exposure-response relationships for road, rail, and aircraft noise annoyance: differences between continuous and intermittent noise. Environ Int. 2019;125:277-290. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.01.043