Professor Nino Künzli, MD, PhD, MPH

Deputy Director, Head of Department
Dean of Study SSPH+

Education and Training

Professional activities at Swiss TPH

  • Deputy Director; Head of Department
  • Lead of Department of Education and Training (ET) and member of Directory Board as Deputy Director of Swiss TPH
  • Leading and coordinating public health teaching in the University medical school as Full Professor of Public Health of the Medical Faculty, University of Basel
  • Research: as project leader in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Chronic Disease Unit: Initiating and conducting research in environmental epidemiology in national and international collaborations with a particular focus on exposure to and effects of ambient air pollution and related health impact assessment
  • Serves on National and International advisory boards, in particular in the domain of air pollution and health. President of the Swiss Federal Commission of Air Hygiene
  • Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Public Health (owned by the Swiss School of Public Health, published by Springer New York)


Activity for SSPH+

Since 2015, Künzli is also the Dean of the Swiss School of Public Health (50%). SSPH+ is a foundation of the eight Universities Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Luzern, Neuchatel, USI Lugano, Zürich. SSPH+ unifies the inter-university and stronlgy interdisciplinary public health professors to build the critical mass of an inter-university national faculty of Public Health. University of Basel is the largest partner of SSPH+, contributing >40% of the public health orientierted professors. In Basel, Swiss TPH is the prime host of these positions (>30% of the SSPH+ faculty). The employment as Dean of SSPH+ is currently fully administered through Swiss TPH. The Dean's office is in Zürich.

The Lancet features SSPH+

Higher education and qualifications

  • 1983 Medical Exam University of Basel
  • 1986 MD University of Basel
  • 1992 MPH (Master in Public Health) University of California Berkeley, USA
  • 1996 PhD in Epidemiology, University of California Berkeley, USA
  • 2000 Venia docendi (Habilitation - PD / Assisstant professor) University of Basel Medical Faculty


Past professional activities

  • Since 2010 Deputy Director Swiss TPH; 2010-2015: Head of Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Since May 2009 Full Professor / Chair of Social and Preventive Medicine / Public Health University of Basel Medical Faculty (director of former Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine Basel)
  • 2006-2009 ICREA Research Professor at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, CREAL; head of air pollution research group   
  • 2002-2005 Associate Professor with tenure University of Southern California Los Angeles, Division of Environmental Health at the Department of Preventive Medicine
  • 1996-2002 PROSPER Senior Researcher fellowship of Swiss National Science Foundation at Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine University Basel
  • 1996  Research advisor Swiss Lung Association
  • 1995-1996 PhD Fellowship of SwissLung (1 year, 20%)
  • 1992-1995 SNF PROPSER Fellowship for MPH and PhD, University of California Berkeley, USA
  • 1989-1992 Research assistant in air pollution epidemiology, coordinator of Swiss Study on Air Pollution and Lung Diseases in Adults SAPALDIA
  • Since 1998: Steering Committee member, Work package leader, principal and/or co-investigator of large cohort, exposure assessment or health impact studies in the field of air pollution and health (SAPALDIA; European ECRHS; European ESCAPE and TRANSPHORM; Spanish REGICOR-AIR; USC Children’s Health Study and TROY; EXPOLIS; APHEKOM and others)

Bayat R et al. Health impact and related cost of ambient air pollution in Tehran. Environ Res. 2019;176:108547. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2019.108547

Boudier A et al. Data-driven adult asthma phenotypes based on clinical characteristics are associated with asthma outcomes twenty years later. Allergy. 2019;74(5):953-963. DOI: 10.1111/all.13697

Erismann S et al. Addressing fragility through community-based health programmes: insights from two qualitative case study evaluations in South Sudan and Haiti. Health Res Policy Syst. 2019;17:20. DOI: 10.1186/s12961-019-0420-7

Keidel D et al. The role of socioeconomic status in the association of lung function and air pollution-a pooled analysis of three adult ESCAPE cohorts. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(11):1901. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16111901

Klepac P, Locatelli I, Korosec S, Künzli N, Kukec A. A comprehensive approach for investigation of prenatal exposure to ambient air pollution. Eur J Public Health, 2019;28(Supp. 4):432-433

Künzli N. Arztsekretärinnen können ihre Gesundheit schützen!. Oekoskop. 2019;1:5

Kutlar Joss M, Kappeler R, Probst-Hensch N, Künzli N. Air et santé en Suisse et ailleurs. Swiss Med Forum. 2019;19(1314):213-218. DOI: 10.4414/fms.2019.08079

Kutlar Joss M, Kappeler R, Probst-Hensch N, Künzli N. Luft und Gesundheit in der Schweiz und anderswo. Swiss Med Forum. 2019;19(1314):213-218. DOI: 10.4414/smf.2019.08079

Meier-Girard D et al. Association of long-term exposure to traffic-related PM10 with heart rate variability and heart rate dynamics in healthy subjects. Environ Int. 2019;125:107-116. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.01.031

Nguyen N.T.T, Schindler C, Dien T.M, Probst-Hensch N, Künzli N. Association of ambient air pollution with lengths of hospital stay for hanoi children with acute lower-respiratory infection, 2007-2016. Environ Pollut. 2019;247:752-762. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.01.115