Social Epidemiology

Ausschnitt der 17 Ziele für die nachhaltige Entwicklung, politische Zielsetzungen der Vereinten Nationen


Head of Department:
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Bolte
Phone +49 421 218-68820

Christina Müller
Phone +49 421 218-68821

Grazer Street 4
28359 Bremen

Welcome to the website of the Department of Social Epidemiology at the Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research.

Establishing Health Equity in All Policies is the mission of our research. As an interdisciplinary team, we combine social and environmental epidemiological concepts and methods from a public health perspective in our research.



Research Focuses

  • Urban Health
  • Environmental Justice—Equal opportunities in the context of environmental health
  • Sex/Gender-Sensitive Public Health Research and Epidemiology
  • Equity impact of public health interventions

For more information about our research focuses click here.

WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Inequalities

The Department of Social Epidemiology of the IPP has been designated as the WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Inequalities in May 2019. As WHO Collaborating Centre we assist WHO with our expertise in the research field of social inequalities in environment and health.

Further information on the activities of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Inequalities can be found here.


We offer several seminars, courses and lectures within the degree programs Public Health/Health Sciences (BA and MA) and Epidemiology (MSc) as well as in the area of comprehensive courses (General Studies) at the Faculty Human and Health Sciences.

We supervise Bachelor’s and Master’s theses as well as dissertations primarily in the fields of our research focuses.

It is possible to carry out the period of practical training in Public Health (BA) with a focus on epidemiology at our institute.


Matthias Zündel, Gabriele Bolte, Stefanie Dreger, Frank Schmidt (v.l.n.r.)

Double perspectives in Bremen's city centre: art meets science

Prof Gabriele Bolte and Dr Stefanie Dreger from the Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research (IPP) at the University of Bremen give a lecture on the topic of "Health and Nature" at an event in the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum.

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Global Health| Sozialepidemiologie|

WHO Meeting in Bonn on heat health action plans

New heat health action guidance being developed by WHO

Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung| Sozialepidemiologie| Pflegewissenschaftliche Versorgungsforschung|

Digital population-based health in Germany: An edition of the Bundesgesundheitsblatt highlights future potential

The latest issue of the Bundesgesundheitsblatt "Digital population-based health in Germany - examples from research at the Leibniz Science Campus Digital Public Health" focuses on the digital transformation in healthcare and combines exemplary papers on the potential of digital technologies.

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Report on climate justice in Germany published for the first time

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Bolte investigates health equity in climate change impacts

Portrait Gabriele Bolte

Urban Epidemiology as an integrative approach for sustainable, health-promoting urban development

Prof. Gabriele Bolte presents strategies from the recently published paper at the ninth conference City of the future - healthy, sustainable metropolitan areas

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20th issue of IPP-Info newly published - Launch of our new online reader survey

In focus: Gender and intersectionality in health science research

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Co-designing Public Space: In Policy and Practice

Team from IPP's Social Epidemiology Department tests new design approaches in international project

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Sozialepidemiologie| Epidemiologie des demographischen Wandels|

New research network "SalusTransform" on health-promoting urban development started

Concept development phase for the evaluation of urban development measures in Bremen, Bochum and Wuppertal


New interdisciplinary research project to develop an urban health monitoring system

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Bolte and Dr. Jacqueline Hamilton successful in receiving funding in the funding line „Planetary Health“ of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt)

Ein blühender Kirschbaum im Gegenlicht der Sonne.

WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Inequalities

Fahrradfahrer:innen - Demonstration für das richtige Abstandhalten im Straßenverkehr, Ritterhude


IPP-Writings and Working Tools of the Department of Social Epidemiology

Cartoon Team


Overview of the Member of the Department of Social Epidemiology

Wortwolke Public Health-Projekte, Abteilung Sozialepidemiologie


Projects of the Department of Social Epidemiology

viele Menschen, Profilansicht, überlappend, farbig

Working Group on Intersectional Gender Perspectives

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Farbiges Papier


Publications of the Department of Social Epidemiology

Poster-Walk von DIVERGesTOOL


Events of the Department of Social Epidemiology

Cartoon Vorlesung


Presentations and Poster of the Department of Social Epidemiology