PhD Programme Epidemiology

The PhD programme “Epidemiology” is a three-year doctoral programme in the area of epidemiological research and is coordinated by the Department of Epidemiology of the HZI. 

The PhD programme is a collaborative effort of the Department of Epidemiology, the HZI Grad School and the HBRS (MHH). After successful completion, candidates will be awarded a PhD or, in some instances, a Dr. rer. nat. 

Current admissions for the PhD Programme are only possible if funding is assured by the applicant (e.g. by a scholarship or a third party).


List of student publications in the context of the PhD Programme "Epidemiology"

Cuny C, Arnold P, Hermes J, Eckmanns T, Mehraj J, Schoenfelder S, Ziebuhr W, Zhao Q, Wang Y, Fessler AT, Krause G, Schwarz S, Witte W (2016) Occurrence of cfr-mediated multiresistance in staphylococci from veal calves and pigs, from humans at the corresponding farms, and from veterinarians and their family members. Vet Microbiol

Grylka-Baeschlin S, Petersen A, Karch A, Gross MM (2016) Labour duration and timing of interventions in women planning vaginal birth after caesarean section. Midwifery 34: 221-9

Karo B, Krause G, Hollo V, van der Werf MJ, Castell S, Hamouda O, Haas W (2016) Impact of HIV infection on treatment outcome of tuberculosis in Europe. AIDS 30: 1089-98

Mehraj J, Witte W, Akmatov MK, Layer F, Werner G, Krause G (2016) Epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus Nasal Carriage Patterns in the Community. Curr Top Microbiol Immunol

Boianelli A, Nguyen VK, Ebensen T, Schulze K, Wilk E, Sharma N, Stegemann-Koniszewski S, Bruder D, Toapanta FR, Guzman CA, Meyer-Hermann M, Hernandez-Vargas EA (2015) Modeling Influenza Virus Infection: A Roadmap for Influenza Research. Viruses 7: 5274-304

Damm O, Ultsch B, Horn J, Mikolajczyk RT, Greiner W, Wichmann O (2015) Systematic review of models assessing the economic value of routine varicella and herpes zoster vaccination in high-income countries. BMC Public Health 15: 533

Karo B, Hauer B, Hollo V, van der Werf MJ, Fiebig L, Haas W (2015) Tuberculosis treatment outcome in the European Union and European Economic Area: an analysis of surveillance data from 2002-2011. Euro Surveill 20

Nguyen VK, Binder SC, Boianelli A, Meyer-Hermann M, Hernandez-Vargas EA (2015) Ebola virus infection modeling and identifiability problems. Front Microbiol 6: 257

Rübsamen N, Castell S, Horn J, Karch A, Ott JJ, Raupach-Rosin H, Zoch B, Krause G, Mikolajczyk RT (2015) Ebola risk perception in Germany, 2014. Emerg Infect Dis 21: 1012-8

Schweitzer A, Horn J, Mikolajczyk RT, Krause G, Ott JJ (2015) Estimations of worldwide prevalence of chronic hepatitis B virus infection: a systematic review of data published between 1965 and 2013. Lancet 386: 1546-55

Schweitzer A, Krause G, Pessler F, Akmatov MK (2015) Improved coverage and timing of childhood vaccinations in two post-Soviet countries, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. BMC Public Health 15: 798

Zoch B, Karch A, Dreesman J, Monazahian M, Baillot A, Mikolajczyk RT (2015) Feasibility of a birth cohort study dedicated to assessing acute infections using symptom diaries and parental collection of biomaterials. BMC Infect Dis 15: 436

Zoch B, Mikolajczyk R (2015) Infections in childhood [German]. Public Health Forum 22: 10-12

Akmatov MK, Mehraj J, Gatzemeier A, Strömpl J, Witte W, Krause G, Pessler F (2014) Serial home-based self-collection of anterior nasal swabs to detect Staphylococcus aureus carriage in a randomized population-based study in Germany. Int J Infect Dis 25: 4-10

Hense S, Hillebrand K, Horn J, Mikolajczyk R, Schulze-Rath R, Garbe E (2014) HPV vaccine uptake after introduction of the vaccine in Germany: an analysis of administrative data. Hum Vaccin Immunother 10: 1729-33

Mehraj J, Akmatov MK, Strömpl J, Gatzemeier A, Layer F, Werner G, Pieper DH, Medina E, Witte W, Pessler F, Krause G (2014) Methicillin-sensitive and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriage in a random sample of non-hospitalized adult population in northern Germany. PLoS One 9: e107937

Horn J, Damm O, Kretzschmar ME, Delere Y, Wichmann O, Kaufmann AM, Garbe E, Kramer A, Greiner W, Mikolajczyk RT (2013) Estimating the long-term effects of HPV vaccination in Germany. Vaccine 31: 2372-80



Prof. Dr. Gérard Krause


Dr. Jördis J. Ott

Dr. Stefanie Castell


Department of Epidemiology

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

Inhoffenstraße 7

38124 Braunschweig

Phone: + 49 (0) 531 6181 - 3101