Water Institute Affiliate
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Institute of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology
Eva Rehfuess, PhD
Dr. Eva Rehfuess is a Senior Scientist at the Institute of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also coordinates Cochrane Public Health Europe and the Collaboration for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Public Health in Africa.
Eva holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from Imperial College London. Nine years of working for the World Health Organization inspired her keen interest in evidence-based public health and her passion for global health.
Much of her methodological research relates to the evaluation of complex interventions, including epidemiological study designs to assess intervention impacts, quantitative and mixed-method systematic reviews and innovative approaches for engaging with stakeholders. Eva applies this broad suite of methods to environmental health problems, in particular household air pollution from solid fuel use, as well as many other public health concerns in Europe as well as low- and middle-income countries, including child and maternal health and palliative medicine.
UNC Presentations, April 2016:
“Evidence-based public health: a systems perspective and its implications for generating and implementing evidence”
Why should we adopt an evidence-based approach in public health? This talk introduces the concept of evidence-based public health and supplements it with systems thinking. It will reveal some important implications of adopting a systems perspective in relation to how we conduct systematic reviews of public health interventions and provide some food for thought on different means of translating evidence into policy and practice. Drawing on examples from the INTEGRATE-HTA project, the Collaboration for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Public Health in Africa and Cochrane Public Health Europe, it will illustrate novel ways of engaging with stakeholders as a means of ensuring implementation of research findings.
“Complex interventions” has become a buzz word in the methodological literature of the past decade. This talk reviews relevant concepts and frameworks and discuss their implications for evaluating interventions through primary research and systematic reviews. It will then apply some of these concepts to the significant public health problem of household air pollution from solid fuel use in low- and middle-income countries.