About us

The Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research (IPP) of the University of Bremen is one of the largest research institutions in this field in Germany. Central research and teaching objective is the promotion of health and well-being at population level. The IPP was established in 2005 as a scientific institution at the Faculty 11 for Humanities and Health Sciences. Strengths of the IPP are the interdisciplinary public health and nursing research, research orientated teaching in Health and Nursing Science degrees and the science transfer to practice, politics and society. Together with other university institutions the IPP forms the high-profile area Health Sciences, one of six research focal points at the University of Bremen.

In the research projects of the IPP over 60 scientists with various professional qualifications and diverse methodological expertise work side by side. On top of their research tasks, the staff of the Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research (IPP) assumes responsibilities in teaching public health and nursing science courses at Faculty 11 and moreover ensures science transfer into practice and politics. Together with their scientific teams the eight research departments and further working groups of the IPP form the core of IPP.

Research profile

Tasks of the IPP in brief:

  • Promotion and consolidation of interdisciplinary public health and nursing research
  • Transfer of research results into practice
  • Consultation of Politics in Health Science and Nursing Science issues
  • Further development of Health Science and Nursing Science education in Faculty 11


The research profile of the IPP-Departments is broad. Research fields include: environmental justice, prevention and health promotion, social epidemiology, Gender Studies, health service research, qualification and curriculum research, age research, health professionals research, and the challenge to innovatively design and organize health care systems. The IPP’s work priorities are the development of (inter-)national, evidence-based analyses relevant for the practice, intervention concepts, quality control and evaluation measures for different levels of health promotion as well as medical and nursing care. Further priorities of the IPP are the education in health and nursing science courses, the development of postgraduate training as well as promoting junior scientists.

The IPP initiates and supports discussions and networks of health sciences and nursing sciences as well as health policy. It actively engages in regional, supra-regional and international contexts. The Institute cooperates with numerous partners from the scientific and professional realm. Important cooperation partners of the IPP at the University of Bremen are the SOCIUM, the Leibnitz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS, the competence centre for clinical trials Bremen (KKSB), and the Institute for Information, Health and Medical Law (IGMR).

Regular international cooperation with scientific institutions and universities in the Netherlands, Italy, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, Canada, USA, China and Australia is maintained.

Since May 2019, the IPP, Department of Social Epidemiology, is WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Inequalities.
Furthermore the IPP is represented in numerous expert associations, committees, scientific advisory boards etc.

The IPP is a member of the
Bremen Forum for Womens‘ Health (Bremer Forum Frauengesundheit)
The Bremen Forum for Womens‘ Health is part of the Bremen Central Office for the
Realization of Equal Opportunities for Women" (ZGF).
The flyer of the “Bremer Forum Frauengesundheit” can be found here.