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Research Unit for Biopsychosocial Health

Our multidisciplinary unit is committed to the universal and comprehensive definition of health proposed in the biopsychosocial model of the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), namely that 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:

  • to describe and measure the health of persons with different health conditions and general populations
  • to implement and evaluate health care interventions for persons with different health conditions and in different settings

These goals can only be accomplished though multidisciplinary research involving, among others, physicians, psychologists, physiotherapists, social workers, statisticians.

We place consequently high value on working together with diverse national and international collaborating partners in clinical, research and policy institutions and have a long lasting collaboration with the World Health Organization.

Our projects are financed by local and international funding sources, such as the German Ministry of Health, the European Commission and the World Bank.

As part of the Pettenkofer School of Public Health Munich (PSPHLMU), 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.