Department of Public Health of the Institute of Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine


Deutsche Version

The Institute´s department of public health belongs to the few university institutions of Hesse which adresses the area of public health. A traditional focus is on infectious diseases and lung diseases.  For example, as early as in 2005, staff members have published about Severe Acute Respiratory Synrdrome (SARS) coronavirus (SARS-CoV) which is closely related to SARS-CoV2 and the COVID-19 pandemic.

A further focus is on prevention and sports.  An interdisciplinary committee consisting of physicians from different specialities, scientists from the area of life sciences and sports sciences regularly adresses current public health topics. Both regional/community and international aspects within the area of public health are dealt with.



Department of Public Health

Institute of Occupational, Social, and Enviornmental Health

Goethe Universität Frankfurt

Chariman: Prof. Dr. Dr. med. David Groneberg



Project examples of public health staff:


  1. Groneberg DA, Poutanen SM, Low DE, Lode H, Welte T, Zabel P. Treatment and vaccines for severe acute respiratory syndrome.

          Lancet Infect Dis.5(3):147-55.

          doi: 10.1016/s1473-3099(05)01307-1. PubMed PMID: 15766649

  1. Fricke R, Uibel S, Klingelhoefer D, Groneberg DA. Influenza: a scientometric and density-equalizing analysis.

          BMC Infect Dis.13:454.

          doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-13-454. PubMed PMID: 24079616

  1. Wicker S, Rabenau HF, Bias H, Groneberg DA, Gottschalk R. Influenza A (H1N1) 2009: Impact on Frankfurt in due consideration of health care and public health.

          J Occup Med Toxicol.5:10.

          doi: 10.1186/1745-6673-5-10. PubMed PMID: 20420690

  1. Mache S, Scutaru C, Vitzthum K, Quarcoo D, Schoffel N, Welte T, Klapp BF, Groneberg DA. Does type of hospital ownership influence physicians' daily work schedules? An observational real-time study in German hospital departments.

          Hum Resour Health.7:41.

          doi: 10.1186/1478-4491-7-41. PubMed PMID: 19473487

  1. Pletz MW, Dickgreber N, Hagen L, Golpon H, Zabel P, Bauer TT, Welte T, Groneberg DA. [Immunisation strategies for the management of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)].


          doi: 10.1055/s-2007-980107. PubMed PMID: 17763311

  1. Rajamoorthy Y, Taib NM, Munusamy S, Anwar S, Wagner AL, Mudatsir M, Muller R, Kuch U, Groneberg DA, Harapan H, Khin AA. Knowledge and awareness of hepatitis B among households in Malaysia: a community-based cross-sectional survey.

          BMC Public Health.19(1):47.

          doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-6375-8. PubMed PMID: 30630464

  1. Mache S, Vitzthum K, Groneberg DA, Harth V. Effects of a multi-behavioral health promotion program at worksite on smoking patterns and quit behavior.


          doi: 10.3233/wor-192889. PubMed PMID: 31104040

  1. Harapan H, Rajamoorthy Y, Utomo PS, Anwar S, Setiawan AM, Alleta A, Bambang A, Ramadana MR, Ikram I, Wahyuniati N, Maulana R, Ichsan I, Indah R, Wagner AL, Kuch U, Groneberg DA, Rodriguez-Morales AJ, Andalas M, Muller R, Mudatsir M, Imrie A. Knowledge and attitude towards pregnancy-related issues of Zika virus infection among general practitioners in Indonesia.

          BMC Infect Dis.19(1):693.

          doi: 10.1186/s12879-019-4297-4. PubMed PMID: 31387537

  1. Hasyim H, Nursafingi A, Haque U, Montag D, Groneberg DA, Dhimal M, Kuch U, Muller R. Spatial modelling of malaria cases associated with environmental factors in South Sumatra, Indonesia.

          Malar J.17(1):87.

          doi: 10.1186/s12936-018-2230-8. PubMed PMID: 29463239

  1. Harapan H, Mudatsir M, Yufika A, Nawawi Y, Wahyuniati N, Anwar S, Yusri F, Haryanti N, Wijayanti NP, Rizal R, Fitriani D, Maulida NF, Syahriza M, Ikram I, Fandoko TP, Syahadah M, Asrizal FW, Jamil KF, Rajamoorthy Y, Wagner AL, Groneberg DA, Kuch U, Muller R, Sasmono RT, Imrie A. Willingness to Participate and Associated Factors in a Zika Vaccine Trial in Indonesia: A Cross-Sectional Study.


          doi: 10.3390/v10110648. PubMed PMID: 30453663

  1. Bauer J, Maier W, Muller R, Groneberg DA. [Primary Care in Germany - Equal Access for Everyone?].

          Dtsch Med Wochenschr.143(2):e9-e17.

          doi: 10.1055/s-0043-110846. PubMed PMID: 28915518

  1. Dhimal M, Dhimal ML, Pote-Shrestha RR, Groneberg DA, Kuch U. Health-sector responses to address the impacts of climate change in Nepal.

          WHO South East Asia J Public Health.6(2):9-14.

          doi: 10.4103/2224-3151.213795. PubMed PMID: 28857057

  1. Bauer J, Reinhard J, Boll M, Groneberg D. Geospatial analysis and distribution patterns of home nursing care in a metropolitan area - a large-scale analysis.

          J Nurs Manag.25(1):37-45.

          doi: 10.1111/jonm.12426. PubMed PMID: 27730723

  1. Schreiber M, Klingelhofer D, Groneberg DA, Bruggmann D. Patient safety: the landscape of the global research output and gender distribution.

          BMJ Open.6(2):e008322.

          doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008322. PubMed PMID: 26873042

  1. Gyo C, Boll M, Bruggmann D, Klingelhofer D, Quarcoo D, Groneberg DA. Imbalances in the German public health system - numbers of state-certified occupational physicians and relation to socioeconomic data.

          J Occup Med Toxicol.11:47.

          doi: 10.1186/s12995-016-0136-3. PubMed PMID: 27752276

  1. Brueggmann D, Opper N, Felix J, Groneberg DA, Mishell DR, Jr., Jaque JM. Development of a Cost-Effective Educational Tool to Promote Acceptance of the HPV Vaccination by Hispanic Mothers.

          J Community Health.41(3):468-75.

          doi: 10.1007/s10900-015-0116-z. PubMed PMID: 26516016

  1. Bauer J, Groneberg DA. Measuring Spatial Accessibility of Health Care Providers - Introduction of a Variable Distance Decay Function within the Floating Catchment Area (FCA) Method.

          PLoS One.11(7):e0159148.

          doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159148. PubMed PMID: 27391649

  1. Quarcoo D, Bruggmann D, Klingelhofer D, Groneberg DA. Ebola and Its Global Research Architecture--Need for an Improvement.

          PLoS Negl Trop Dis.9(9):e0004083.

          doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004083. PubMed PMID: 26406894

  1. Vitzthum K, Koch F, Kossmehl-Zorn S, Goldhahn LM, Kusma B, Mache S, Groneberg DA, Pankow W. [Health promotion within health care - analysis of employees' smoking habits, consequences for patient care and resources for future smoking cessation initiatives].


          doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1301291. PubMed PMID: 22297826