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Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology & NetTeaching Unit

Welcome

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology & NetTeaching Unit would like to welcome you to their  homepage. Here you can find an introduction to our wide range of research activities, course offerings and publications. If you need further information please feel free to contact us.

The work group is part of the Institute and Outpatient Clinic for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine of the University Hospital in Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-University). The Institute and Outpatient Clinic is one of the three German WHO Collaborating Centres for Occupational Health and offers a wide variety of international contacts.

The regular staff of the Unit for Occupational and Environmental Medicine & NetTeaching consists of 10 scientific (physicians, statisticians, epidemiologists etc.) and 2 non-scientific collaborators (study nurses, secretaries) and has a wide range of international collaborations.

 

National and international research activities focus particularly on:

  • Population-based epidemiologic studies

  • Occupational cohort studies investigating individual as well as occupational risk factors for the development and prognosis of occupational allergies, occupational dermatosis, and occupational asthma.

  • Environmental studies in the general population on potential health implications of exposure to mobile phones

  • Gene-environment interactions to protect susceptible subpopulations

  • Intervention studies to assess the effectiveness of new methods for primary and secondary prevention

  • Evaluation of new methods in occupational and environmental epidemiology

  • Virtual patients for medical students, postgraduate training and continuing medical education

  • Research and teaching on occupational and environmental health in developing countries

  • Student and research exchange with South America

 

Background

Environmental and occupational epidemiology is attempting to discover causes of diseases in relation to the human environment and working conditions. In this context,  the complex interaction between occupational, physical, social as well as natural environment and human health has to be taken into account in order to prevent the population from acquiring acute and chronic diseases. Once prevention strategies have been developed they must be taught efficiently  to health professionals for successful prevention and treatment.

 

Aims

  • to determine the occupational and environmental influences on the aetiology of disease in an international context. This research interest is located between occupational and environmental epidemiology, environmental, nutritional and psychosocial sciences.

  • to advance and introduce internet-based methods in the international curriculum in occupational and environmental medical training

  • to contribute to the development of international  strategies for a healthy workplace and environmental health policies.

 

What does Epidemiology mean?

Epidemiology research investigates the distribution, the causes and the consequences of diseases within populations. For this purpose, observational and experimental studies are carried out to investigate the association between potential causes (like nutrition, stress or chemicals) and diseases or well-being of humans.