Department of Public Health · University of Basel


Strategies of the Department of Public Health in view of research is to strengthen the next generation of health scientists based on strong PhD programs at the interface of science and education.


Swiss TPH
SAPALDIA: the only Swiss-wide chronic disease cohort with associated biobank. It was initiated in 1991 and has since been funded by the SNF, the Federal Offices for the Environment and Public Health, different Lung Leagues and cantons. SAPALDIA is at the center of national and international air pollution (FP7 Projects ESCAPE; Exposomics) and respiratory health research (Horizon2020 Project: ALEC). The rich risk factor, environmental and health data as well as the genome- and methylome-wide data is used in studies ranging from assessing the role of physical activity, sleep, and transportation noise in cardio-metabolic disease etiology to the evaluation of chronic disease diagnosis and treatment as well as aging in general

ECPM has been or is involved in several European Union-funded research projects. We also take responsibility, since 2007, for the outcomes research and health economic evaluation activities of the Swiss Group for Clinical Cancer Research (SAKK), the leading Swiss collaborative study group in the field of oncology and haematology.
Optimising PharmacothERApy in the Multimorbid elderly: Many older adults have multiple chronic diseases (multi-morbidity) and multiple medications (polypharmacy). However, multi-morbid patients are often excluded from clinical trials and most guidelines address diseases in isolation. OPERAM investigators developed STOPP/START criteria to detect inappropriate drug use, both over- and underuse. OPERAM performs a multicentre randomised controlled trial to assess the impact of a user-friendly software-assisted intervention to optimise pharmacotherapy and to enhance compliance in 1900 multi-morbid patients aged 75 years or older. OPERAM ultimately aims at better healthcare delivery in primary and hospital care, based on effective, safe, personalised and cost-effective interventions that can be applied to the rapidly growing older population in Europe. Within OPERAM, ECPM is responsible for the work package devoted to health economics.