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  • Allabadi, Hala
    Mental health needs among cardiovascular disease patients in a Palestinian population
    (Supervisors: Prof. Nicole Probst-Hensch, Prof. Elisabeth Zemp)
  • Amstutz, Alain
    Supporting Lesotho on the way towards the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets: Operational and clinical research addressing HIV/AIDS care in resource-limited settings
    (Supervisor: Dr. Niklaus Labhardt)
  • Arowosegbe, Oluwaseyi
    Modelling daily PM2.5 concentrations at high spatio-temporal scale in South Africa and assessing the association between ambient air pollution and acute cardiorespiratory hospitalizations and mortality
    (Supervisors: Dr. Kees de Hoogh, Prof. Martin Röösli)
  • Baumann, Aron
    How are Swiss health policymakers using evidence to inform their decisions?
    (Supervisors: Prof. Kaspar Wyss, Prof. Nino Künzli)
  • Bauwens, Jorgen
    Impact of non-adherence to vaccination schedules
    (Supervisor: Prof. Jan Bonhoeffer)
  • Blum, Steffen
    Epidemiology of and risk factors for atrial fibrillation progression
    (Supervisor: Prof. David Conen)
  • Bold, Bolor
    Estimating the burden, cost of desease and optimisation of the clinical algorithm of human cystic echinococcosis in Mongolia
    (Supervisor: Prof. Jakob Zinsstag)
  • Branca-Dragan, Sanda
    Answering important clinical research questions using data from the Swiss Transplant Cohort Study: the STCS Liver Benchmarking project and the STCS Allograft twin study
    (Supervisors: PD Dr. Michael Koller, Prof. Jürg Steiger)
  • Briel, Matthias
    Epidemiology and determinants of randomized controlled trials discontinued for insufficient recruitment of participants
    (Supervisor: Prof. Heiner Bucher)
  • Brunner, Nina
    The impact of scaling up rectal artesunate on severe malaria case management practices in three Sub-Saharan Africa countries
    (Supervisors: PD Dr. Manuel Hetzel, Prof. Christian Lengeler)
  • Cerletti, Paco
    Swiss Pilot Study Human Biomonitoring
    (Supervisor: Prof. Nicole Probst-Hensch)
  • Colucci, Barbara (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Evaluation of laboratory and field methods for measuring mosquito repellent efficacy
    (Supervisor: Dr. Pie Mueller)
  • Cottler-Casanova, Sara
    Conditions Related to Sexual Health: From ICD-10 to ICD-11 – An internet-based case-control study on the new diagnostic criteria for sexual dysfunctions
    (Supervisors: Dr. Elisabeth Zemp, Prof. Nicole Probst-Hensch)
  • Deml, Michael
    Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy and Under-Immunization with Childhood and Human Papilloma Virus Vaccines in Switzerland: A Qualitative Study
    (Supervisors: Prof. Nicole Probst-Hensch, Prof. Claudine Burton-Jeangros)
  • Denz, Adrian
    Mathematical Modelling of Mosquito Movement
    (Supervisors: PD Dr. Nakul Chitnis, Prof. Christian Lengeler)
  • Dietler, Dominik
    Associations between natural resource extraction projects and environmental determinants of health in Africa
    (Supervisors: Dr. Mirko Winkler, Prof. Jürg Utzinger)
  • Dumbaugh, Mari (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Influencing Factors on the Utilization of Maternal Health Services and Uptake of Family Planning in the Context of Conditional Cash Transrers, South Kivu, DRC
    (Supervisor: Dr. Sonja Merten)
  • Ewald, Hannah (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Meta-epidemiologic consideration of confounding for health care decision making
    (Supervisor: Prof. Heiner Bucher)
  • Fischer, Xenia
    A tailored multicomponent intervention for remote physical activity promotion in inactive adults
    (Supervisor: Prof. Lukas Zahner)
  • Foerster, Milena
    HERMES 2: Health Effects Related to Mobile Phone Use in Adolescents
    (Supervisor: Prof. Martin Röösli)
  • Gallay, Joanna
    Usefulness of antimalarial drug concentrations in blood as a monitoring tool for evaluating population drug usage in relation to diagnosis and treatment Environment
    (Supervisor: Prof. Blaise Genton)
  • Garbazza, Corrado
    Chronobiology, sleep-related risk factors and light therapy in perinatal depression: the “Life-ON” Project
    (Supervisors: Prof. Nicole Probst-Hensch, Prof. Christian Cajochen)
  • Giduthuri, Joseph Gnanouday
    Developing a generic protocol and innovating methods for community study and improved coverage with antenatal influenza vaccination (AIV)
    (Supervisors: Prof. Jürg Utzinger, Dr. Nicolas Maire)
  • Gonsalves, Lianne
    Understanding the appeal pf pharmacies as points of contraceptive access for young people in Kenya
    (Supervisors: Prof. Jürg Utzinger, Dr. Adriane Martin-Hilber)
  • Gryaznov, Dmitry
    Longitudinal evaluation of the accuracy and completeness of clinical trial protocols
    (Supervisors: PD Dr. Matthias Briel, Prof. Heiner Bucher)
  • Hassan, Mahmoud
    Drug Discovery for Eumycetoma
    (Supvervisor: Prof. Marcel Tanner)
  • Heerdegen, Anne Christine
    Analysis of Management Capacity and the Effects of Management Strengthening Interventions at District Level in Low and Middle-Income Countries
    (Supervisor: Prof. Kaspar Wyss)
  • Hella, Jerry
    Tuberculosis transmission in rural and urban Tanzania: A modelling approach using shared re-breathed air in estimating airborne disease transmission
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Lukas Fenner)
  • Honegger, Ursina
    Prevalence, determinants, pathophysiology and long-term outcome of exercise-induced myocardial stunning
    (Supervisor: Prof. Christian Müller)
  • Jeong, Ayoung
    Applying Genetic and Epigenetic Data to Elucidate of the Role of Obesity in Respiratory Health Etiology
    (Supervisor: Prof. Nicole Probst-Hensch)
  • Karim, Aliya
    A Systems-Wide Analysis of the RAcE Programme: A Multi-Case Health System Study of an Integrated Community Case Management Program in Five African Countries
  • Keitel Kristina (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    e-POCT: Improving health outcomes of febrile childresn in Tanzania through innovative point-of-care technologies at the primary care level
    (Supervisor: Dr. Valérie D’Acremont)
  • Keller, Ladina
    Improved treatment options for the control of soil-transmitted helminthiases
    (Supervisor: Prof. Jennifer Keiser)
  • Krauth, Stefanie (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Systems Epidemiology of snail-borne diseases: from methodological to social-ecological considerations in the fight towards elimination
    (Supervisor: Prof. Jürg Utzinger)
  • Ladanie, Aviv (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Epidemiology and characteristics of clinical trials supporting US FDA approval of novel cancer drugs
    (Supervisor: Prof. Heiner Bucher)
  • Lazarova, Angela
    Quality management of clinical trials conducted in resource-limited settings
    (Supervisor: Prof. Christian Burri)
  • Leuenberger, Andrea
    Associations between natural resource extraction projects and social determinants of health in Africa
    (Supervisors: Dr. Mirko Winkler, Prof. Jürg Utzinger)
  • Liwanag, Harvy Joy
    Analyzing the Effectiveness of Decentralization in Improving the Health Sector with a Focus on the Philippines
    (Supervisor: Prof. Kaspar Wyss)
  • Lkhagvasuren, Oyunaa
    Strengthening health system building blocks in Mongolia: governance and management
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Esther Schelling)
  • Lona, Giulia
    Long-term association of physical activity and fitness with cardiovascular risk in primary school children: The Sportcheck Follow-Up Study
    (Supervisors: Prof. Henner Hanssen, Prof. Lukas Zahner)
  • Mapesi, Herry
    Non-communicable diseases in people living with HIV in Rural Africa: tackle the double burden
    (Supervisors:  Prof. Daniel Paris, Prof. manuel Battegay)
  • Marxer, Carole
    Build-up of a validated linked cohort of mothers and infants using Swiss claims data and following determination of adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes in Switzerland
    (Supervisors: Prof. Christoph Meier, Prof. Christian Lengeler)
  • Massue, Dennis
    Long-Lasting Insecticide Treated Bed Net (LLINs) for malaria control in Tanzania: Barriers to physical and chemical protection
    (Supervisor: Dr. Sarah Moore)
  • Matowo, Nancy
    Entomological and molecular characterization, insecticide resistance testing and screening for arboviruses, filarial worm and malaria parasites in culicine species in Ulanga and Kilombero districts, south-eastern Tanzania
    (Supervisors: Prof. Marcel Tanner, Prof. Brigit Obrist)
  • Mattli, Renato
    Scaling up cost-effective physical activity interventions in a culturally diverse setting
    (Supervisor: Prof. Nicole Probst-Hensch)
  • Mbilo, Céline
    Rabies Epidemiology in DR Congo and Chad
    (Supervisor: Prof. Jakob Zinsstag)
  • Mc Cord, Kimberly
    The use of routinely collected data in clinical trial research
    (Supvervisor: Prof. Heiner Bucher)
  • Meyre, Pascal
    Incidence of and causes for all-cause hospitalizations in patients with atrial fibrillation
    (Supervisor: Prof. Stefan Osswald)
  • Mhalu, Grace
    Identifying community determinants of health seeking behaviour and the contribution of socio-cultural and gender aspects to improve tuberculosis case detection in Tanzania
    (Supervisor: Dr. Lukas Fenner)
  • Mhlanga, Shakuntala
    Associations of pesticide exposure and media use on the neurobehavior of children in the Western Cape, South Africa
    (Supervisor: Prof. Martin Röösli)
  • Michel, Janet
    Towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) policy-roll out experience in South Africa. Lessons learned and recommendations aimed at reducing policy and practice gaps in UHC policy implemetation (Towars a South African Policy Implementation Framework)
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Fabrizio Tediosi)
  • Mlotshwa, Langelihle
    Exploring incident HIV in Pregnant Women and Sexual Risk Behaviours and Practices in Soweto, South Africa
    (Supvervisor: Dr. Sonja Merten)
  • Nambuusi, Betty Bukenya
    Bayesian spatial methods to assess spatial-temporal patterns of the under-five and maternal mortality in Uganda
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Penelope Vounatsou)
  • N’Dri, Bédjou Prisca
    Malaria in Elibou region, south of Côte d’Ivoire: transmission and insecticide resistance
    (Supervisors: Dr. Giovanna Raso, Dr. Choauibou Mouhamadou, Prof. Juerg Utzinger)
  • Nimako, Belinda
    Linkages between Natural Resource Extraction Projects and the Health System for Sustainable Development
    (Supervisors: Dr. Mirko Winkler, Prof. Jürg Utzinger)
  • Nordstrom, Curtis Gerald
    Barriers to Paediatric and Emergency Care Utilization for Roma in Bulgaria
    (Supervisor: Prof. Kaspar Wyss)
  • Obas, Katrina
    The role of depression on blood pressure control in Kosovo – A cohort study
    (Supervisors: Prof. Nicole Probst-Hensch, Prof. Sabina De Geest)
  • Owusu, Henry Frempong (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Insecticide Resistance Monitoring – a review of current methodology
    (Supervisor: Dr. Pie Mueller)
  • Palmeirim, Marta
    Control and elimination of soil-transmitted helminthiasis: from meta-analysis to clinical trials
    (Supervisor: Prof. Jennifer Keiser)
  • Patel, Chandni
    Optimizing Drug Therapy against Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis
    (Supervisor: Prof. Jennifer Keiser)
  • Renggli, Sabine (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Promoting Universal Health Coverage: towards Improved Health Service Quality and Financial Protection
    (Supervisor: Prof. Christian Lengeler)
  • Rodriguez, Daniela
    Understanding heterogeneities in the epidemiology of malaria in Papua New Guinea
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Manuel Hetzel)
  • Runge, Manuela
    Dynamical modelling and geospatial analysis of different intervention packages on malaria outcome parameters in various risk-stratified transmission settings
    (Supervisors: Dr. Emilie Pothin, Prof. Christian Lengeler)
  • Saucy, Apolline
    The triggering effects of aircraft noise events on cardiovascular mortality in Zürich, Switzerland: a case-crossover study
    (Supervisor: Prof. Martin Röösli)
  • Schmutz, Claudia (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Foodborne diseases in Switzerland: Understanding the burden of illness pyramid to improve Swiss infectious disease surveillance
    (Supervisors: Dr. Daniel Mäusezahl)
  • Schwarz, Joëlle
    Youth sexuality education and utilisation of reproductive health services in the African Great Lakes region
    (Supervisor: Dr. Sonja Merten)
  • Shayo, Kuwawenaruwa August Joachim
    Effects of the regional complementary pharmaceutical supply system on improving access to medicines in Dodoma and Morogoro regions, Tanzania
    (Supervisors: Dr. Fabrizio Tediosi, Prof. Kaspar Wyss)
  • Ssempiira, Julius
    Bayesian spatial-temporal modeling of malaria risk in Uganda during 2009-2016, and the effect of control interventions and health system strengthening
    (Supervisors: PD Dr. Penelope Vounatsou, Prof. Jürg Utzinger)
  • Struchen, Benjamin
    Measuring personal exposure to low and high frequency electro-magnetic fields
    (Supervisor: Prof. Martin Röösli)
  • Stutz, Melanie
    The role of family medicine in the Swiss health care system – compared to the UK and the Netherlands
    (Supervisor: Prof. Andreas Zeller)
  • Sutherland, Claudette Simone (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    An elimination investment case (EIC) for human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) Trypanosoma brucei (T.b.) gambiense (“sleeping sickness”)
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Fabrizio Tediosi)
  • Tangermann, Louise
    The effects of transportation noise on cognitive functions, behavior and health related quality of life in adolescents
    (Supervisors: Prof. Martin Röösli, Prof. Nino Künzli)
  • Thiam, Sokhna (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Spatial analysis of diarrhoea and environmental risk factors in an urban context in Senegal, West Africa
    (Supervisor: Prof. Guéladio Cissé)
  • Tran, Thi Duc Hanh
    Mitigating the re-emergence of rickettsial and other rodent-borne zoonoses in Vietnam: a call for One Health
    (Supervisors: PD Dr. Esther Schelling, Prof. Jürg Utzinger)
  • Vavassori, Laura
    Dispersal dynamics of the Asian tiger mosquito
    (Supervisors: Dr. Pie Müller, Prof. Juerg Utzinger)
  • Wagner, Aylin
    Quality indicators for home care in Switzerland (homeQI). A
    sub-study of “Better data on the quality of home care”
    (Supervisors: Prof. Julia Dratva, ZHAW, Prof. Sabina De Geest)
  • Wipf, Nadja
    Development and evaluation of diagnostics and surveillance strategies for the characterisation of mosquito field populations in terms of species, phatogens and insecticide resistance
    (Supervisors: Dr. Pie Müller, Prof. Christian Lengeler)


  • Aghlmandi, Soheila (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Bayesian approaches to analyzing adverse events in randomized trials with a high proportion of trial arms observing no event
    (Supervisor: Prof. Marcel Zwahlen)
  • Anderegg, Nanina
    Correcting analyses of cohort studies for loss to follow-up: comparing conventional and advanced statistical models
    (Supervisor: Prof. Matthias Egger)
  • Anker, Daniela
    Burden and treatment of hypertension in older adults: trends analyses and association with frailty
    (Supervisors: PD Dr. Arnaud Chiolero, Prof. Marcel Zwahlen)
  • Asangbeh, Serra Lem
    Developing a Cervical Cancer Prevention and Care Cascade in Low-
    and Middle-Income Countries
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Julia Bohlius)
  • Chihota, Belinda
    Epidemiology of modifiable non-communicable disease risk factors among HIV-infected adults in Southern Africa
    (Supervisors: PD Dr. Gilles Wandeler, Dr. Michael Vinikoor)
  • Counotte, Michel
    Zika virus: causality, open science and risks of emerging infectious diseases
    (Supervisors: Prof. Nicola Low, Prof. Julian Higgins)
  • De Jong, Carmen
    Phenotypes of Childhood Asthma
    (Supervisor: Prof. Claudia Kuehni)
  • de Jong-Mazairac, Jacqueline Helena
    Is there variability in pelvic floor and abdominal muscle response induced by different cough and forced expiration patterns?
    (Supervisor: Prof. Fiona Burkhard)
  • Dupont, Carole
    Hearing loss monitoring in Swiss childhood cancer survivors
    (Supervisor: Prof. Claudia Kuehni)
  • Farag, Sarah
    A randomized phase II trial comparing Bendamustine and Melphalan with Melphalan alone as conditioning regimen for autologous stem cell transplatation (ASCT) in myeloma patients
    (Supervisor: Prof. Thomas Pabst)
  • Folly, Christophe
    Modelling exposure to background ionizing radiation in Switzerland
    (Supervisors: PD Dr. Ben Spycher, Prof. Reinhard Furrer)
  • Gahl, Brigitta (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Issues in the perioperative management of patients undergoing cardiac surgery
    (Supervisor: Prof. Peter Jüni)
  • Gonzalez Jaramillo, Valentina
    End-of-life decisions in patients with heart failure
    (Supervisors: Prof. Steffen Eychmüller, PD Dr. Lukas Hunziker)
  • Halbeisen, Florian
    Lung function in Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia
    (Supervisor: Prof. Claudia Kuehni)
  • Hauser, Anthony
    Predicting population- and individual level of HIV drug resistance in sub-Saharan Africa: mathematical modelling studies
    (Supervisor: Prof. Matthias Egger)
  • Jungo, Katharina Tabea
    Reducing inappropriate polypharmacy and optimizing medication in multimorbid older patients in primary care
    (Supervisors: Dr. Sven Streit, Prof. Nicolas Rodondi)
  • Jurca, Maja
    Defining phenotypes and risk factors of chronic non-specific cough in childhood
    (Supervisor: Prof. Claudia Kuehni)
  • König, Christa
    Time to antibiotics in pediatric patients with fever in neutropenia during chemotherapy for cancer
    (Supervisors: Prof. Roland Amman, Prof. Claudia Kuehni)
  • Konstantinoudis, Garyfallos
    Analysis of spatial clustering of childhood cancers
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Ben Spycher)
  • Kurz, Johanna
    Longitudinal assessment of small airway physiology in healthy children and children with cystic fibrosis using the multiple-breath washout technique
    (Supervisors: Prof. Philipp Latzin, Prof. Claudia Kühni)
  • Mazzei Abba, Antonella
    Background ionizing radiation and the risk of childhood cancer
    (Supervisors: PD Dr. Ben Spycher, Prof. Maria Blettner)
  • Mitter, Vera
    Obstetric, perinatal and long-term outcome of children born after different IVF therapies
    (Supervisors: Prof. Michael von Wolff, Prof. Marcel Zwahlen)
  • Mozun Torrico, Rebeca
    Epidemiology of childhood asthma in Switzerland: prevalence, clinical presentations and risk factors
    (Supervisor: Prof. Claudia Kuehni)
  • Mugglin, Catrina
    Access to treatment and treatment outcomes among elderly HIV-infected patients in Malawi
    (Supervisors: PD Dr. Olivia Keiser, Prof. Matthias Egger)
  • Nthumba, Peter
    Implementation of the WHO Surgical site infection prevention guidelines in a rural sub-Saharan African maternity unit: finding the right strategy for sustained results
    (Supervisors: Prof. Matthias Egger, Prof. Joseph Solomkin)
  • Otth, Maria
    Pulmonary dysfunction after childhood cancer: diagnosing early stage disease
    (Supervisors: Prof. Claudia Kühni, Prof. Philipp Latzin)
  • Pedersen, Eva Sophie Lunde
    Predicting asthma in children
    (Supervisor: Prof. Claudia Kuehni)
  • Proietti, Elena (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Impact of environmental determinants on lung function and development in infants and toddlers
    (Supervisor: Prof. Urs Frey)
  • Ramírez Mena, Adrià
    Understanding the hepatitis B continuum of care to inform elimination strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa and Switzerland
    (Supervisors: Prof. Gilles Wandeler, Prof. Marcel Zwahlen)
  • Riesen, Maurane
    What will be the impact of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination on HPV-associated cancers in Switzerland? A mathematical modelling study
    (Supervisor: Prof. Nicola Low)
  • Schindera, Christina
    Cardiovascular disease in childhood cancer survivors
    (Supervisor: Prof. Claudia Kuehni)
  • Taghavi, Katayoun
    Methods of improving visually based cervical screening in low- and middle income countries
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Julia Bohlius)
  • Waespe, Nicolas
    Germline Genetic Variation in Childhood Cancer
    (Supervisors: Prof. Claudia Kuehni, Prof. Marc Ansari)
  • Warembourg, Charlotte
    Improving control strategies of canine zoonotic diseases: The role of free-roaming dog ecology
    (Supervisors: Prof Gertraud Schüpbach, Prof. Jakob Zinsstag)
  • Wildisen, Lea
    Understanding the Association between Subclinical Thyroid Dysfunction and Depressive Symptoms: Analyses of Cohorts and Trial Data
    (Supervisor: Prof. Nicolas Rodondi)
  • Wisse, Agatha
    Physiotherapy and exercise for patients with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD)
    (Supervisors: Prof. Claudia Kuehni, Prof. Philipp Latzin)
  • Wyss, Natascha
    Cancer in HIV-infected populations: studies of incidence, prognosis and oncovirus seroprevalence
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Julia Bohlius)


  • Ahawo, Komi Mokpokpo
    Acute bacterial meningitis surveillance program following introduction of Haemophilus Influenzae type b, Streptococcus pneumoniae (PCV-13) and Nesseiria meningitidis gr A vaccines in Cameroon: epidemiology, vaccine impact and cost effectiveness
    (Supervisor: Prof. Alain Gervaix)
  • Babington-Aschaye, Awa
    Impact assessment of eHealth-based approaches to improve disease management and quality of life of people living with haemophilia in Sub-Saharan Africa. A case study of Haemophilia in Senegal
    (Supervisors: Prof. Antone Geissbühler, Prof. Philippe de Moerloose))
  • Benissa, Mohamed Rida
    Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connexion in neonates and infants: a meta-analysis of observational studies
    (Supervisor: Prof. Alain Gervaix)
  • Biquet, Jean-Marc
    La sécurité du patient dans l’activité médicale
    (Supervisor: Prof. Dominique Sprumont)
  • Chimbetete, Cleophas
    Third line treatment coutcomes in patients failing Protease Inhibitor based second-line antiretroviral therapy in southern Africa
    (Supervisor: Prof. Olivia Keiser)
  • Choi, Hye Lynn
    Comparative analysis of pharmaceutical reimbursement system and economic evaluation for decision-making in National Regulatory Authorities
    (Supervisor: Prof. Bettina Borisch)
  • Cornier, Nadine
    Exploring how humanitarian response during displacement due to armed conflicts can promote adolescent girls sexual and reproductive health and rights
    (Supervisor:  Prof. Doris Schopper)
  • Das, Debashish
    Predictors of malaria-attributable mortality in complex medical emergencies in Africa
    (Supervisor: Prof. François Chappuis)
  • Deshpande Koirola, Kanika
    Improving clinical care of patients with persistent fever in Nepal
    (Supervisor: Prof. François Chappuis)
  • Galjour, Joshua
    Chronic political instability and the implementation of the HIV/AIDS response in Guinea-Bissau from 2000 to 2015: A case study of the intersections of politics and epidemiology
    (Supervisor: Prof. Emmanuel Mpinga)
  • Gaudet-Blavignac, Christophe
    HUBBLE – Health Bigdata in the Lemanic Region
    (Supervisor: Prof. Christian Lovis)
  • Gnassingbe, Afèignindou
    Problèmatique de la lutte contre les médicaments SSFFC au Togo: Etat des lieux de l’action publique et élaboration de stratégies alternatives
    (Supervisor: Prof. Antoine Geissbühler)
  • Harper, Melissa
    Development and Implementation of Low Intensity Psychological Interventions in Low and Middle Income Countries
    (Supervisor: Prof. Emiliano Albanese)
  • Issom, David-Zacharie
    From Heterogeneous Data to Smart Data: A Framework to Personalize the Reuse of Medical Information in Patient Decision Support
    (Supervisor: Prof. Christian Lovis)
  • Jeannot, Emilien
    Prevalence of HPV infection using self-sampling screening and monitoring the Earlier Impact of HPV-Vaccination Program in Switzerland
    (Supervisor: Prof. Patrick Petignat)
  • Kaboré, Lassané
    Impact of the 13-valent pneumococcal vaccine on Streptococcus pneumoniae carriage, all-cause clinical pneumonia, and invasive pneumococcal disease in Burkina Faso
    (Supervisor: Prof. Alain Gervaix)
  • Kieselbach, Berit
    Child and adolescent health outcomes for exposure to domestic violence
    (Supervisor: Prof. Thomas Perneger)
  • Krupchanka, Dzmitry
    Mortality gap associated with mental disorders in the Czech Republic
    (Supervisor: Prof. Yasser Khazaal)
  • Lee, Yew Fong
    Innovations in behavioural change and patient safety to improve infection prevention and control– a World Health Organization (WHO) ‘Clean care is Safer Care’ Project
    (Supervisor: Prof. Didier Pittet)
  • Lepere, Philippe
    Improving the HIV treatment cascade by empowering patients via mHealth technology, in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The COSANUCI study: assessing the contribution of the mHealth solution to increased life expectancy and health related well-being among people living with HIV receiving antiretroviral therapy
    (Supervisors: Prof. Alexandra Calmy, Prof. Antoine Geissbühler)
  • Lisibach, Angela Edith
    Automated detection of adverse drug events in hospitalized patients
    (Supervisor: Prof. Chantal Csajka)
  • Mohammed, Ibrahim
    Vaccinating under the Shadow of Boko Haram: Effect of the Boko-Haram Insurgency on Immunization Activities and Polio Mass Vaccination Programmes in North-Eastern Nigeria
    (Supervisor: Prof. Alain Gervaix)
  • Mouëza, Nycrees
    Arboviroses Contamination Risk in Epidemic Area: Risk Conception and Risk Management in Guadeloupe (French Oversease Region)
    (Supervisor: Prof. Antoine Flahault)
  • Muratalieva, Elvira
    Global policies to control non-communicable diseases and its influence to the strengthening primary health care system in Kyrgyzstan
    (Supervisor: Prof. Mathieu Nendaz)
  • Mwangi, Kibachio Joseph
    Social determinants of health and non-communicable diseases in Kenya: A review of the burden of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors, barriers and enablers of appropriate health seeking behavior for the prevention, care and treatment in Kenya and the impact of integrating NCD prevention and control in primary health and community health platforms
    (Supervisors: Dr. Idris Guessous, Prof. Antoine Flahault)
  • Ochoa, Carlos
    Determination, analysis and prediction of snakebite’s risk and incidence for
    humans and animals, to reduce its burden, optimize the access to care and
    estimate the effects of future environmental and population changes in hotspots areas of Cameroon and Nepal
    (Supervisor: Prof. François Chappuis)
  • Oshima, Yoshiyuki
    Social determinants of substance use among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Geneva, Switzerland
    (Supervisor: Prof. Barbara Broers)
  • Nogier, Cyril
    Monitoring and Evaluating the Transition from Global Health Initiatives: the case of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
    (Supervisor: Prof. Alain Gervaix)
  • Ouaijan, Krystel
    Prevalence of Malnutrition in Lebanese Hospitals, Recognition and Impact on the Right to Health
    (Supervisor: Prof. Emmanuel Kabengele Mpinga)
  • Perrin, Caroline
    Impact assessment of eHealth on maternal and neonatal health outcomes in low resource settings
    (Supervisor: Prof. Antoine Geissbühler)
  • Polonsky, Jonathan
    Evaluation of strategies for community-based disease surveillance among crisis-affected populations
    (Supervisor: Prof. Laurent Kaiser)
  • Sadeghimehr, Maryam
    Comprehensive disease models and cost-effectiveness studies of Hepatitis C Virus
    (Supervisors: Prof. Olivia Keiser, Dr. Janne Estill)
  • Saito, Hiroki
    Hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) promotion in Japan and Uganda through implementation of WHO guidelines on core components of IPC programmes
    (Supervisors: Prof. Didier Pittet, Prof. Benedetta Allegranzi)
  • Samhouri, Dalia
    Analysis of the implementation of the International Health Regulations: How can Compliance be improved
    (Supervisor: Prof. Antoine Flahault)
  • Schneider, Martin
    Palliative care and humanitarian assistance
    (Supervisor: Prof. François Chappuis)
  • Shih, Chin-Shui
    E-cigarettes: Users profile and stakeholder opinion in Taiwan
    (Supervisor: Prof. Jean-François Etter)
  • Sinyangwe, Chomba
    Understanding Dynamics of Policy Processes Related to Maternal Health in Zambia
    (Supervisor: Prof. Doris Schopper)
  • Sureshkumar, Sugitha
    The Transitional Epidemiology in Child Health
    (Supervisor: Prof. Jean-François Etter)
  • Tartari, Ermira
    Global burden of healthcare-associated infections: impact of the WHO Clean Care is Safe Care programme worldwide
    (Supervisor: Prof. Benedetta Allegranzi)
  • Tomczyk, Sara
    Evaluation of WHO Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Guidelines and Tools to Reduce Health Care-associated Infections and Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
    (Supervisor: Prof. Benedetta Allegranzi)
  • von Grünigen, Sandrine
    Improving safe handling of cytotoxic medicines in low and middle-income countries: evaluation of the impact of a blended-learning module –  a pilot study
    (Supervisors: Prof. Antoine Geissbühler, Prof. Pascal Bonnabry)
  • Wang, Jiancong
    Epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections and perceived norms of infection control by healthcare professionals in Chinese hospitals
    (Supervisor: Prof. Stephan Harbarth)
  • Yoshida, Yukiko
    The use of portable ultrasonography and telemedicine systems to improve access to and quality of antenatal care in rural Tanzania/Africa
    (Supervisor: Prof. Antoine Geissbühler)


  • Alexandre, Kétia
    Factors Determining Self-Management Behaviors in Adult People Living with Diabetes
    (Supervisors: Prof. Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux, Prof. Bernard Burnand
  • Al-Gobari, Muaamar (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Optimization of strategies of prevention of sudden cardiac death in heart failure patients in Switzerland
    (Supervisor: Prof. Bernard Burnand)
  • Backes, Claudine (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Solar UV Modelling for skin cancer prevention
    (Supervisor: Prof. David Vernez)
  • Belle-van Sprundel, Fabiën (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Dietary intake and overweight in childhood cancer during treatment and survivorship
    (Supervisors: Prof. Murielle Bochud, Prof. Claudia Kuehni)
  • Bovio, Nicolas
    Occupational cancer in Switzerland
    (Supervisor: Prof. Irina Guseva Canu)
  • Bucher Della Torre, Sophie
    Nutrition in Nightworkers
    (Supervisor: Prof. Brigitta Danuser)
  • Chatelan, Angéline
    Feasibility study with children and adolescents and analysis of menuCH data to develop a study protocol for a next national nutrition survey in Switzerland
    (Supervisor: Prof. Murielle Bochud)
  • de Mestral Vargas, Carlos
    Determinants of dietary intake in the Swiss population
    (Supervisor: Prof. Pedro-Manuel Marques-Vidal)
  • Ebert, Sonja
    Setting up an instrument composed of indicators to assess the effectiveness and performance of the Swiss primary care system
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Nicolas Senn)
  • Ehsan, Annahita
    Promoting Health through Community Action in Vaud, Switzerland
    (Supervisor: Prof. Dario Spini)
  • Epure, Adina-Mihaela
    Normal values and determinants of cardiovascular risk markers early in life
    (Supervisors: PD MER Dr. Arnaud Chiolero, Prof. Nicole Sekarski-Hunkeler)
  • Gebreab, Sirak
    Psychosocial stress, psychiatric disorders and cardiovascular risk factors in the the general population
    (Supervisor: Prof. Martin Preisig)
  • Khalatbari-Soltani, Saman (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Nutritional status in hospitalized patients: prevalence, determinants and impact on hospital stay, mortality, and costs
    (Supervisor: Prof. Gerard Waeber)
  • Le Pogam, Marie Annick
    Geriatric patient safety indicators based on linked administrative health data to assess thrombo-embolic and hemorrhagic adverse events in Swiss older inpatients
    (Supervisor: Prof. Bernard Burnand)
  • Leyvraz, Magali (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Biomonitoring and health consequences of sodium intake in children
    (Supervisors: Prof. Pascal Bovet, PD MER Dr. Arnaud Chiolero)
  • Macklai, Nejma
    International comparisons of frailty and its correlates using population-based surveys
    (Supervisor: Prof. Brigitte Santos-Eggimann)
  • Müller Chabloz, Yolanda
    Prevention of functional decline in elderly patients in family medicine
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Nicolas Senn)
  • Petrovic, Dusan
    Lifecourse socioeconomic differentials in healthy ageing
    (Supervisor: Prof. Murielle Bochud)
  • Piaget-Rossel, Romain
    On the usefulness of causal observational studies to reduce bias and improve estimates in meta-analysis of rare binary events.
    (Supervisor: Dr. Patrick Taffé)
  • Rousi, Eirini
    Determinants of dietary intake in the population
    (Supervisor: Prof. Fred Paccaud)
  • Schusselé Filliettaz, Séverine
    Interprofessional collaboration and care integration
    (Supervisor: Prof. Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux)


  • Bänziger, Julia
    Psychological long-term consequences for parents of childhood cancer survivors
    (Supervisor: Prof. Gisela Michel)
  • Gysin, Stefan
    Interprofessional Development and the Role of Nurse Practitioners in Primary Health Care
    (Supervisors: Prof. Armin Gemperli, Dr. Stefan Essig)
  • Huang, Jianan
    Informal Health Care by Family Members of Persons with Spinal Cord Injury in Switzerland
    (Supervisor: Prof. Armin Gemperli)
  • Hwang, Aljoscha Benjamin
    Analysis of clinical- and cost effectiveness of focused cognitive testing in elective inpatients
    (Supervisor: Prof. Stefan Boes)
  • Kaufmann, Cornel (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Incentives and individual decision making in the domain of health
    (Supervisor: Prof. Stefan Boes)
  • Müller, Tobias
    Discrete Choice Models
    (Supervisor: Prof. Stefan Boes)
  • Napierala, Christoph
    The implementation of DRG (Diagnosis Related Groups) on the economic situation with aspects of financing, quality and public health service provisioning
    (Supervisor: Prof. Stefan Boes)
  • Rachamin, Yael
    Polypharmacy and inappropriate medication in multimorbid patients
    (Supervisors: Prof. Stefan Boes, Prof. thomas Rosemann)
  • Ronca, Elias (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Utilization and access to healthcare services among community-dwelling people living with chronic spinal cord injury in Switzerland
    (Supervisor: Prof. Armin Gemperli)
  • Tough, Hannah (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Social relationships, functioning, health and wellbeing in persons with disabilities and their partners
    (Supervisor: Prof. Armin Gemperli)


  • Aya Pastrana, Nathaly
    Improving health systems for noncommunicable and neglected tropical diseases: Social marketing perspectives
    (Supervisor: Prof. Suzanne L. Suggs)
  • Mannamplackal, Santhosh
    Rehabilitation sector in the Swiss healthcare system: actual trends, consolidation of networks and emerging of integrated delivery systems
    (Supervisors: Prof. Marco Meneguzzo, Prof. Stefano Calciolari)


  • Adam, Salome
    Health-related Quality of Life in Long-term Prostate Cancer Survivors
    (Supervisor: Prof. Sabine Rohrmann)
  • Kachalov, Viacheslav
    Identifying determinants and drivers of the spread of antimicrobial resistance
    (Supervisor: Prof. Roger Kouyos)
  • Karavasiloglou, Nena
    The Epidemiology of in situ breast cancer and subsequent risk of invasive breast cancer in the Canton of Zurich
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Sabine Rohrmann)
  • Kerksieck, Philipp
    Boundary Crafting: A New Measurement and its Relations to Occupation Health Parameters (working title)
    (Supervisors: Prof. Holger Dressel, Prof. Georg Bauer)
  • Leeger-Aschmann, Claudia (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Physical Activity and Fundamental Movement Skills in Three- to Five-Year-Old Children
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Susi Kriemler)
  • Lehmann, Anja
    Effects of implementing lean management on psychosocial working conditions and employee health in a healthcare setting
    (Supervisor: Prof. Georg Bauer)
  • Lisman-Broetje, Sylvia
    Development and evaluation of an online-based team development intervention to improve occupational health outcomes in nurses
    (Supervisor: Prof. Georg Bauer)
  • Mattle, Michèle
    Dancing towards Healthy and Happy Aging – Evidence of Dance-Related Exercise Programs to Prevent Falls of Seniors
    (Supervisor: Prof. Heike Bischoff-Ferrari)
  • Nittas, Vasileios
    Digital Health: Using Electronic Patient-Generated Health Data to Facilitate Patient-Centered Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    (Supervisors: Prof. Milo Puhan, PD Dr. Margot Mütsch)
  • Nguyen, Huyen
    The role of HLA diversity on HIV transmission and evolution along real-world transmission chains in the Swiss HIV Cohort Study
    (Supervisor: Prof. Roger Kouyos)
  • Pestoni, Giulia
    What does the Swiss population eat? Characterization of food consumption, dietary patterns and lifestyle in the Swiss language regions
    (Supervisor: PD Dr. Sabine Rohrmann)
  • Schmutz, Einat (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    Physical Activity Behaviour in Preschool Children
    (Supervisors: Prof. Milo Puhan, PD Dr. Susi Kriemler)
  • Ulyte, Agné
    Geographic variation in the utilization of health care interventions and the role of clinical recommendations
    (Supervisor: Prof. Holger Dressel)
  • Wei, Wenjia
    Geographic variation in the utilization of health care interventions and the role of clinical recommendations
    (Supervisors: Prof. Matthias Schwenkglenks, Prof. Holger Dressel)
  • Werlen, Laura
    Barriers to care in Swiss youth with mental disorders
    (Supervisor: Prof. Meichun Mohler-Kuo)
  • Yebyo, Henock Gebremedhin
    -Benefit-harm assessment of statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases
    -Redefining the BMI cut offs for black african populations
    (Supervisor: Prof. Milo Puhan)
  • Zysset, Annina (successful thesis defense, pursuing final certificate)
    How are cognitive functions related to motor skills and physical activity in preschool children?
    (Supervisor: Prof. Oskar Jenni)