Objectives and Tasks

Health related attitudes and behaviour develops during childhood and adolescence. Developmental deficits and health related problems occurring during this period of life are often the beginning of a long-term illness, reducing the quality of life for the individual and causing extra efforts and additional expenses for the health care sector. Therefore research in Public Health due to epidemiological studies is of great importance, to develop strategies that improve children's and adolescents' health trough prevention and health promotion.

Research and work of the “Child Public Health” section is directed towards several different subjects:

  • implementation of surveys and epidemiological studies about “new morbidity” (obesity, conduct disorders, mental health problems and other) to conduct scientific findings for national and international research into children and adolescents health;
  • improvement of Health Care Utilization in regard to quality, efficiency and efficiency of health care for patients with chronic diseases;
  • development of strategies for improving health related behaviour in terms of prevention and health promotion;
  • contribution of methods development to improve assessment of Patient reported outcomes (Pro´s), quality of life (QoL) and family burden;
  • to conduct Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI) focusing on health, mental health and health care in families.



Prof. Dr. phil. Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer

MPH, Professorin für


Gesundheitspsychologie und

Versorgung von Kindern und

Jugendlichen in Deutschland