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Sabine Gabrysch

MD MSc PhD

Honorary Professor

Room
313

Institute of Public Health
INF 324
69120 Heidelberg
Germany

Tel.
0049 6221 565086

I trained in medicine at the universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg, Germany, including stays in the U.S. and Argentina. I also did a medical research degree (Dr. med.) in molecular biology at the Institute of Physiology in Tübingen. After completing my training, I was employed as a medical doctor in Sweden for two years, including work in infectious diseases at Uppsala University Hospital. I also spent a short time at a rural hospital in Ethiopia. Moreover, I briefly worked for the GTZ on malaria control in Uganda and Burkina Faso.

I came to the School in 2005 to do an MSc Epidemiology and stayed to do a PhD with Oona Campbell on one of the first Graduate Teaching Assistantships from 2006-2009. My PhD investigated the influence of distance and level of care on health service use for childbirth in Zambia, linking individual and household survey data with health facility census data in a Geographical Information System (GIS).

From October 2009, I have been working as an epidemiologist at the Institute of Public Health at Heidelberg University in Germany, while still collaborating with various researchers at the School. Since 2014, I have been heading the Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Institute of Public Health in Heidelberg and acting as deputy institute head.

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

During my time at LSHTM I was teaching on the MSc modules Extended Epidemiology, Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH), Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (SME) and Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases (ECCD), furthermore on the Intensive Course in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics (ICEMS) and the Distance Learning MSc Clinical Trials. I am still a tutor on the DL module Basic Statistics for Clinical Trials.

In Heidelberg, I teach the epidemiology module of the MSc International Health, as well as epidemiology for medical students. I also coordinate the elective subject "Global Health" for medical students.

Research

My first research focus is in maternal and neonatal health, in particular the influence of distance and quality of care. A current project is using data from Ghana, in a collaboration with Betty Kirkwood's team and the Kintampo Health Research Centre.

My second research focus is on the link between agriculture, nutrition and health. I lead the Food and Agricultural Approaches to Reducing Malnutrition (FAARM) trial, a cluster-RCT on the impact of a complex homestead food production program on reducing malnutrition of women and young children in rural Bangladesh.

Other work relates to infectious diseases, developmental origins of health and disease and climate change.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Maternal health
Perinatal health
Social and structural determinants of health
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Discipline
Epidemiology
GIS/Spatial analysis
Medicine
Statistics
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Malnutrition
Country
Burkina Faso
Bangladesh
Chile
Ghana
Malawi
Zambia
Region
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Women's dietary diversity in rural Bangladesh: Pathways through women's empowerment.
Sinharoy, S.S. ; Waid, J.L. ; Haardörfer, R. ; Wendt, A. ; Gabrysch, S. ; Yount, K.M. ;
2018
Matern Child Nutr
Autonomy dimensions and care seeking for delivery in Zambia; the prevailing importance of cluster-level measurement.
Gabrysch, S. ; McMahon, S.A. ; Siling, K. ; Kenward, M.G. ; Campbell, O.M. ;
2016
Sci Rep
The scale, scope, coverage, and capability of childbirth care.
Campbell, O.M. ; Calvert, C. ; Testa, A. ; Strehlow, M. ; Benova, L. ; Keyes, E. ; Donnay, F. ; Macleod, D. ; Gabrysch, S. ; Rong, L. ; Ronsmans, C. ; Sadruddin, S. ; Koblinsky, M. ; Bailey, P. ;
2016
Lancet
New signal functions to measure the ability of health facilities to provide routine and emergency newborn care.
Gabrysch, S. ; Civitelli, G. ; Edmond, K.M. ; Mathai, M. ; Ali, M. ; Bhutta, Z.A. ; Campbell, O.M. ;
2012
PLoS Med
Distance to care, facility delivery and early neonatal mortality in Malawi and zambia.
Lohela, T.J. ; Campbell, O.M. ; Gabrysch, S. ;
2012
PLoS One
Still too far to walk: Literature review of the determinants of delivery service use
Gabrysch, S.; Campbell, O.M.
2009
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth
See all Sabine Gabrysch's Publications