Professor Sabine Gabrysch


Honorary Professor

Heidelberg Institute of Global Health
INF 324
69120 Heidelberg

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 Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH) 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 Heidelberg Institute of Global Health.

In June 2019, I was appointed Professor for Climate Change and Health at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Department head at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). I continue my affiliation with Heidelberg and am currently still based there while conducting the FAARM endline survey.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health


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 coordinated and taught in the epidemiology/statistics module of the MSc International Health, as well as teaching epidemiology and global health for medical students. I also coordinated the elective subject "Global Health", the "Global Health Track" and still coordinate the Heidelberg Graduate School of Global Health, all for medical students.


My first research focus is in maternal and neonatal health, in particular the influence of distance and quality of care. A recent project was 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 / planetary health.

Research Area
Climate change
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Maternal health
Perinatal health
Social and structural determinants of health
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases
Burkina Faso
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)