Sonja Merten, MD, PD, PhD, MPH

Head of Unit

Dr. med. et sc. nat, MPH

Professional activities at Swiss TPH

  • Equity in access to health services
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Maternal health, gender and rights
  • Community perspectives on social protection in reproductive health
  • Household food security

Higher education and qualifications

  • 2003-2006: PhD student, interfaculty PhD Program Epidemiology, Institute of Social- and Preventive Medicine, University of Basel, and Swiss Tropical Institute (Perception and interpretation of traditional and biomedical health concepts in a rural African community: Nutrition among Ila-speaking peoples in Zambia. Funding: SNSF, KFPE, Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fond)
  • 2005: Master of Public Health (Do Baby-friendly hospitals influence breastfeeding duration on a national level?)
  • 2002-2005: Graduate School Gender Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • 1997: Diploma in Visual Arts, HdKZ, Switzerland
  • 1993: Staatsexamen, MD

Previous work experience:

  • 2009- today: Swiss TPH
  • 2007-2008: Swiss School of Public Health
  • 2002: WHO Headquarters, Nutrition for Health and Development
  • 1999-2006: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • 1994-1998: Institute of Medical Education, University of Bern, Switzerland
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