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Research Unit for Biopsychosocial Health

Lead: Dr. Michaela Coenen

Our multidisciplinary research unit is committed to the universal and comprehensive definition of health as represented by the biopsychosocial model of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Health, operationalized in the ICF as functioning, is the outcome of a health condition and features of the environment. Using this broad conceptualization as a theoretical framework, the core goals of our multidisciplinary and international team are:

  • Describing and measuring the health of people with different diseases and of the general population
  • Implementation and evaluation of interventions for people with different diseases and in different settings

The implementation is carried out by a multidisciplinary team and various cooperation partners. We attach great importance to cooperation with national and international partners from clinical institutions and research facilities as well as political institutions. For many years we have been working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO). Our research projects are funded by national and international institutions such as the German Federal Ministry of Health, the European Commission and the World Bank.

As part of the Pettenkofer School of Public Health Munich (PSPH), our team is committed to supporting the excellent teaching activities of the medical faculty of the LMU by offering courses and modules in the Master of Public Health and Master of Epidemiology programs of the medical faculty, as well as by continuously supervising internships, master and doctoral thesis, among others.