Center for Population Medicine (ZBV)

Organisation profile

About us

The Center for Population Medicine and Health Services Research (ZBV) was founded in 2008 under the leadership of the Institute of Social Medicine (today: Institute of Social Medicine and Epidemiology - ISE). Since 2014, the ZBV has been among the focus areas of the University of Luebeck.

ZBV comprises members from clinical departments, institutes and interdisciplinary working groups from all of the university`s faculties (Medicine, Natural Sciences and STEM), its university hospital (UKSH), the Technical University of Lübeck (THL), the Medical Faculty of the CAU in Kiel and the Geriatrics Center of the local Red Cross Hospital.

Our common goal is the population-based analysis of care needs and care structures using scientific methods. We discuss research needs, support each other with clinical and methodological expertise and carry out joint research projects in varying collaborations. Our educational focus is the promotion of young researchers in our doctoral programme.

Population medicine and healthcare research draw their topics from the breadth of healthcare reality and aim to contribute to its improvement. This is achieved by consistently opening up to the outside world. It is therefore essential for ZBV and its members to network with other working groups and institutions at the university and the university hospital, with external scientists and with political and other stakeholders in healthcare.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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