Institute of Health Sciences
Population-Based Medicine


Address: Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 9
72076 Tübingen

About us

The Department of Population-Based Medicine (PBM) focuses on population health. Our goal is to better understand the influences of behavioral, environmental, biological, social, economic, cultural, and psychological factors on health and disease in populations or population groups to develop better interventions for prevention, health promotion, and medical care on a broad scale.

Population-Based Medicine works with epidemiological and statistical methods and models. The focus is on identifying patterns in risk factors for disease and protective factors for health. The identification of such determinants and their interaction supports the development of more specific health guidelines to promote the physical and mental health of the population.


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Prof. Dr. Norbert Schmitz

Head of the Population-Based Medicine Department

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Sonja Grund
Department Management

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Association between depression, ultra-processed food consumption and type 2 diabetes

Webinar with Prof. Dr. Norbert Schmitz and Dr. Akankasha Sen, March, 21, 2024

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Prof. Dr. Nobert Schmitz mit Sarah Rau und Sonja Grund vor der Leinwand

World Health Summit 2023, Berlin

“A Defining Year for Global Health Action”.

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Research Dialogue

Look forward to an interesting exchange in the spirit of research!

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The Master’s Program Population-Based Medicineat the Medical Faculty Tübingen

The Master’s Program Population-Based Medicine
at the Medical Faculty Tübingen

The Master's program Population-Based Medicine is a consecutive, research-oriented program, which leads to a Master of Science (M. Sc.) degree. The program is conducted entirely in English and prepares students to respond to both challenges and opportunities to improve health within and across populations.

Our goal is to train future population health experts with outstanding methodological knowledge and interdisciplinary expertise to address the full range of factors influencing health and disease. A key element of the program is a 14-week full-time practicum in a private or public organization (e.g., local planning or government offices, hospitals, NGOs) in Germany or abroad.

We are looking forward to students from all over the world sharing our enthusiasm for population-based medicine!

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Dr. Tanja Seifried-Dübon

Program Coordination

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Our research program focuses on the interaction of chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, cancer), behavioral factors (e.g., physical activity, smoking, diet, alcohol consumption, and sleep), social factors (e.g., socioeconomic status, social network), and mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, and stress).

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