One particular feature of the public health sector is its inherent multi and interdisciplinarity orientation. Prevention, screening, improvement and rehabilitation of the health of entire populations are important components of the concept of public health.

Research carried out at the Centre Virchow-Villermé focuses on several areas of specialization:


Big Data is an important research priority in the healthcare sector. The aim is to optimize the handling and linking of large data volumes from databases, cohorts or registers that are available from various and regularly updated sources.

Analysis of these data can lead to improved performance in the healthcare sector and making it possible for epidemiologists and public health experts to delineate risk factors with the help of cohort studies.


In the area of global health, the Centre Virchow-Villermé deals with health-related topics that extend beyond national borders, for instance climate change and its impacts on the health of entire populations. A further important topic in this area is the issue of achieving global justice in terms of healthcare systems.


The MOOCs produced by the Centre Virchow-Villermé receive dedicated scientific support and are analyzed from a pedagogical point of view: “What role do the attitudes, posture, language and articulation of the lecturers play in the compilation, execution and perception of an online course?”


The importance of Franco-German dialogue is underscored by joint projects (e.g. calls for bilateral projects, summer schools) and assessments of the systems and health issues in both countries with the objective of identifying areas of possible joint action and transferable practices.