Professor Nino Künzli, MD, PhD, MPH

Head of Unit
Dean of Study SSPH+

Education and Training

Professional activities at Swiss TPH (50% FTE)

  • Head of Bachelor-Master-Doctorate Unit of the Department of Education and Training (ET)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
  • Teaching in the MSc Epidemiology of University of Basel and various post-graduate and PhD courses
  • Research: as project leader in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Chronic Disease Unit: research in environmental epidemiology in on 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% FTE). SSPH+ is a foundation of the 12 Universities Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Luzern, Neuchatel, USI Lugano, Zürich, Fribourg and the Universities of applied sciences Bern, Zürich ZHAW and Ticino SUPSI. 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 orientied 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)

Arowosegbe O.O et al. Comparing methods to impute missing daily ground-level PM10 concentrations between 2010-2017 in South Africa. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18(7):3374. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18073374

Bauwens J, de Lusignan S, Sherlock J, Ferreira F, Künzli N, Bonhoeffer J. Co-administration of routine paediatric vaccines in England often deviates from the immunisation schedule. Vaccine X. 2021;9:100115. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvacx.2021.100115

Bauwens J, De Lusignan S, Sherlock J, Ferreira F, Künzli N, Bonhoeffer J. Adherence to the paediatric immunisation schedule in England. Vaccine X. 2021(in press). DOI: 10.1016/j.jvacx.2021.100125

Hoffmann B et al. WHO air quality guidelines 2021-aiming for healthier air for all: a joint statement by medical, public health, scientific societies and patient representative organisations. Int J Public Health. 2021;66:1604465. DOI: 10.3389/ijph.2021.1604465

Khorrami Z et al. Multiple air pollutant exposure and lung cancer in Tehran, Iran. Sci Rep. 2021;11:9239. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-88643-4

Agrawala S et al. Call for comments: climate and clean air responses to covid-19. Int J Public Health. 2020;65:525-528. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-020-01394-3

Bauwens J, Saenz L.H, Reusser A, Künzli N, Bonhoeffer J. Safety of co-administration versus separate administration of the same vaccines in children: a systematic literature review. Vaccines (Basel). 2020;8(1):12. DOI: 10.3390/vaccines8010012

Berger A, Madarasova Geckova A, von dem Knesebeck O, Künzli N. 100 years of IJPH: looking back and ahead. Int J Public Health. 2020;65(9):1517-1518. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-020-01522-z

Burte E et al. Long-term air pollution exposure is associated with increased severity of rhinitis in 2 European cohorts. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020;145(3):834-842 e6. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2019.11.040

Eidgenössische Kommission für Lufthygiene (EKL). Luftverschmutzung und COVID-19 Epidemie. Sechs Aspekte erläutert von der EKL. Bern: Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU), 2020