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's role playing 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 capital and access to services in adverse urban and rural African settings.

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Giezendanner S et al. General practitioners' attitudes towards essential competencies in end-of-life care: a cross-sectional survey. PLoS One. 2017;12(2):e0170168. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0170168

Schneider C, Zemp E, Zitzmann N.U. Oral health improvements in Switzerland over 20 years. Eur J Oral Sci. 2017;125(1):55-62. DOI: 10.1111/eos.12327

Sundaram N et al. Sociocultural determinants of anticipated acceptance of pandemic influenza vaccine in Pune, India: a community survey using mixed-methods. Int J Public Health. 2017;62(1):103-115. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-016-0903-z

Mtenga S.M, Geubbels E, Tanner M, Merten S, Pfeiffer C. 'It is not expected for married couples': a qualitative study on challenges to safer sex communication among polygamous and monogamous partners in southeastern Tanzania. Glob Health Action. 2016;9:32326. DOI: 10.3402/gha.v9.32326