Evidence-based Public Health


23rd to 27th July 2018 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 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) 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 the LMU Munich (Dr Eva Rehfuess) and the University of Liverpool (Dr Daniel Pope). Including eminent speakers in the field of Evidence-Based Public Health, the Summer School takes place on a regular basis in either Liverpool or Munich.

The fourth Summer School will take place in Munich from 23rd to 27th July 2018. It will be hosted by the Pettenkofer School of Public Health, and – in addition to the University of Liverpool – we are delighted to have the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer), Cardiff University involved as a co-organiser.

This Summer School is ideal for:

  • Researchers and professionals wishing to embrace and implement a complexity perspective in their public health activities;
  • 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 concepts of “complex interventions” and “complex systems” and to understand how these concepts affect evaluation of public health interventions in primary research and evidence synthesis.
  • 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: 700 EUR
  • Late-booking fee: 800 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.


We will be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to candidates from low- and middle-income countries, and/or candidates who are working towards a Masters or PhD degree, for whom the Summer School would be of great benefit and who would have no other means of financing their attendance. Candidates being awarded a scholarship will only need to pay a partial fee of € 150; they will, however, still need to cover travel and accommodation expenses themselves. If you feel that you meet the eligibility criteria, please fill out this form by 27th April 2018.