Evidence-based Public Health


4th to 8th July 2016 in Munich

The idea for this Summer School was conceived during an international workshop on “Evidence-Based Public Health: Concepts and Methods“, held at the University of Munich in November 2010. Following on from direct and indirect feedback from this workshop and through consultation with international colleagues working in public health and evidence synthesis, a distinct requirement for training in evidence-based public health was identified. In response to this, the European Summer School in Evidence-Based Public Health has evolved as a collaboration between Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (Dr Eva Rehfuess) and the University of Liverpool (Dr Daniel Pope). Including eminent speakers in the field of Evidence-Based Public Health, the first and second Summer Schools took place in Liverpool and Munich in July 2013 and July 2014 respectively. This third Summer School will be organised by the Pettenkofer School of Public Health at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.


This Summer School is ideal for:

  • Researchers planning to undertake systematic reviews of public health interventions or working on other aspects of evidence-based public health;
  • Mid-career professionals working in public health institutions; and.
  • Students undertaking a Masters or PhD in Public Health or Epidemiology and wishing to embark on a career in evidence-based public health.

The objectives of the Summer School are:

  • To learn about the principles of the evolving field of evidence-based public health through the use of worked examples.
  • To embrace different concepts of “complex interventions” and understand how these can affect evaluation approaches.
  • To understand the process, conduct and dissemination of systematic reviews in public health, focusing on quantitative reviews but being aware of qualitative/mixed-method reviews.
  • To get to know the GRADE approach as a means of assessing the quality of a body of evidence.
  • To appreciate challenges of and different approaches to translating evidence into public health into policy and practice.

The Summer School includes:

  • Keynote presentations from European experts in the field of evidence-based public health, followed by group discussions.
  • Instruction in the conduct of systematic reviews and meta-analysis using examples that cover a variety of public health areas.
  • Small group exercises and practice sessions in conceptualisation and evaluation of complex interventions, critical appraisal of published studies, meta-analysis and the application of the GRADE approach.
  • To appreciate challenges of and different approaches to translating evidence into public health into policy and practice.


  • Early-bird fee: 650 EUR
  • Late-booking fee: 750 EUR

The fees comprise the cost of the programme, lunches and coffee breaks, a guided Munich public health walk and a Summer School dinner.

Please note that accommodation is not included in the cost. We recommend that you make use of our group booking at the Kardinal Wendel Haus.