Till Bärnighausen, Heidelberg Institute for Global Health

Till Bärnighausen, Heidelberg University

Friday, 28 June 2019 at 13:00 in the Seminar Room 48e, EMBL Hamburg

Till Bärnighausen, Heidelberg University

Infectious disease interventions for population health and human development


Infectious disease epidemics are cutting into life expectancies and inhibt human development in many countries worldwide. Interventions to prevent and treat infectious diseases can thus lead to major improvements in population health, social and economic outcomes. I will present modern infectious disease interventions research – including all stages of the research process, with examples from large-scale population and health systems intervention studies in African and Asia, including novel programs to fight HIV, reduce sexually transmitted infections and to expand vaccination coverage. I will show empirical evidence for substantial improvements in popualtion health, educational attainment, labor market productivity and social functioning.


Till Bärnighausen is Alexander von Humboldt University Professor and Director of the Institute of Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is also Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Faculty Member at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies; and Senior Faculty at the Wellcome Trust’s Africa Health Research Institute in South Africa.

Till’s research focuses on establishing the causal impact of global health interventions on population health, social and economic outcomes. In particular, he works on large-scale population health interventions for HIV, diabetes, hypertension, and vaccine-preventable diseases. His research has been funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, NIH (including 6 R01 grants), the European Union, ANRS, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Rush Foundation, USAID, UNAIDS, World Bank, and GAVI. In 2016, Till received the Alexander von Humboldt Professor Award, Germany’s most highly endowed international science price.

Till Bärnighausen has published more than 300 publications, which have attracted 15,000 citations. His h-index is 59.