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Peter von Philipsborn, MD, MSc, MA

Research Associate


Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research
Pettenkofer School of Public Health, LMU Munich
Marchioninistr. 17, D-81377 Munich, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)89 231 538 61 / +49 (0)178 49 83 817

Working Group Evidence-Based Public HealthThis page in German

I’m a medical doctor with a prior background in political science, economics and law. I specialize in public health nutrition, with a special focus on policy and systems approaches for healthy and sustainable diets. I strive to do research that is valuable to society, and makes a difference in peoples’ lives. I’m passionate about teaching, research with policy impact, interdisciplinary and international cooperation, and public engagement with science.

Areas of interest

  • Public health nutrition
  • Food systems, health and sustainability
  • Integrated knowledge translation, stakeholder engagement and implementation research
  • Systematic reviews with and without meta-analysis
  • Policy analysis
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods

Current projects

  • Policy Evaluation Network for policies affecting dietary and physical activity (Link)
  • Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI), INFORMAS Germany (Link)

Key Publications

All publications on Google ScholarPubMed and ResearchGate.
  • von Philipsborn P, Stratil JM, Burns J, Busert LK, Pfadenhauer LM, Polus S, Holzapfel C, Hauner H, Rehfuess E. Environmental interventions to reduce the consumption of sugar‐sweetened beverages and their effects on health. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD012292. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012292.pub2. (Online, open access)
  • Steinbeis F, Gotham D, von Philipsborn P, Stratil JM. Quantifying changes in global health inequality: the Gini and Slope Inequality Indices applied to the Global Burden of Disease data, 1990–2017. BMJ global health. 2019;4(5):e001500. (Online, open access)
  • von Philipsborn P, Stratil JM, Heise TL, Landgraf R, Hauner H, Rehfuess EA. Voluntary industry initiatives to promote healthy diets: a case study on a major European food retailer. Public Health Nutrition 2018: 21(18):3469-3476. (Online, open access)
  • von Philipsborn P, Steinbeis F, Bender ME, Regmi S, Tinnemann P. Poverty-related and neglected diseases – an economic and epidemiological analysis of poverty relatedness and neglect in research and development. Global Health Action. 2015, 8. (Online, open access)
  • Bender ME, Edwards S, von Philipsborn P, Steinbeis F, Keil T, Tinnemann P: Using co-authorship networks to map and analyse global neglected tropical disease research with an affiliation to Germany. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2015, 9:e0004182. (Online, open access)
Further publications are listed below.


  • Evidence-based Medicine I, II & III (course for medical students, part of MeCuM Science)
  • Prevention and Health Promotion (part of the MPH programme, module on Public Health Policy and Practice)
  • Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases (part of the MPH programme, module on Basics of Medicine)
  • Food Systems, Climate Change and Global Health (10-day summer course, German Academic Scholarship Foundation, Roedby 2020)


  • 06.2020 (expected): Doctorate in Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (Supervisor: Prof. Eva Rehfuess. Co-Supervisor: Prof. Hans Hauner. Titel: Prevention of noncommunicable diseases: international evidence and implementation in Germany)
  • 12.2017: Medical License Examination, Technical University Munich
  • 07.2011: MA Political Science, Economics and Law, University of Freiburg
  • 10.2009: MSc Global Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science

Work experience


  • Teaching Award, Medical Faculty of the Technical University Munich (2015)



Public engagement with science (selection)

  • Blogs: Evidently Cochrane - Cutting down on sugary drinks: what works best? (Online, 06.11.2029), Wissen Was Wirkt - Flüssige Süßigkeiten und was gegen sie hilft (Online, 26.06.2019), SpringerMedizin - PJ-Tagebuch (Online, 2017)
  • Radio: SWR - Erfolgreiche Maßnahmen gegen zuckerhaltige Softdrinks (Online, 8 min, 14.06.2019), BR – Ampel, Zuckersteuer und Co: Welche Politik hilft gegen zuviel Kalorien? (Online, 5 min, 12.06.2019), RBB – Maßnahmen gegen Zuckerkonsum (Online, 5 min, 22.06.2019), MDR Wissen – Weniger Zucker-Getränke durch Kennzeichung und hohe Preise (Online, 12.06.2019)
  • Newspapers (German): SZ - Bittersüß (Online, 12.06.2019), ZEIT - Zucker in Süßgetränken (Online, 13.06.2019), Frankfurter Rundschau - Was hilft gegen die Zuckerflut in Getränken? (Online, 14.06.2019), Der Standard - Wie sich der Appetit auf Softdrinks verringern lässt (Online, 17.06.2019), Ärzteblatt - Erfolgreiche Maßnahmen gegen den Konsum zuckerhaltiger Getränke (Online, 12.06.2019), Tagesanzeiger - Das Rote E wirkt abschreckend (Online, 14.06.2019)
  • Newspapers (international): Evening Standard - Traffic light alerts can help us cut down sugary drinks (Online, 12.06.2019), El País - Seis medidas que sí funcionan para reducir el consumo de bebidas azucaradas (Online, 05.07.2019), Eos Wetenschap - Hoe raken we van frisdrank af? (Online, 12.06.2019), Le Quotidien du médecin - Boissons sucrées (Online, 12.06.2019)

Further publications

  • Stratil JM, von Philipsborn P, Marckmann G, Pfadenhauer LM, Zeeb H, Rehfuess EA. Advancing Germany’s new global health strategy. BMJ Global Health 2018;3(6):e001140. (Online, open access)
  • von Philipsborn P, Drees S, Geffert K, Krisam M, Nohl-Deryk P, Strail J. Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in Germany: A Qualitative Analysis of the Federal Goverment’s Coalition Agreement [Article in German]. Das Gesundheitswesen 2018; 80:e54-e61. (Online)
  • Hommes F, Drees S, Geffert K, von Philipsborn P, Stratil JM. Representation of social determinants of health in German medical education: protocol of a content analysis study. BMJ Open 2018; 8(8): e020696. (Online, open access)
  • von Philipsborn P, Effertz T, Laxy M, Schwettmann L, Stratil JM. Prevention of obesity anddiabetes mellitus as a political challenge [Article in German]. Adipositas 2018;12:113-19.(Online)
  • von Philipsborn P, Geffert K, Hommes F, Drees S, Springer J, Stratil J: Öffentlicher Gesundheitsdienst: Weg von verstaubten Klischees. Dtsch Arztebl 2018, 115(8): A-328 (Online, open access)
  • Krisam M, von Philipsborn P, Meder B: The use of nudging for primary prevention: a review and perspectives for Germany [Article in German]. Das Gesundheitswesen 2017, 79:117-123. (Online)
  • von Philipsborn P, Stratil J, Schwettmann L, Laxy M, Rehfuess EA, Hauner H: Nichtübertragbare Krankheiten: Der Stellenwert der Prävention in der Politik. Dtsch Arztebl 2017, 114:1700. (Online, open access)
  • von Philipsborn P, Hauck C, Gatzemeier J, Landsberg B, Holzapfel C: Süßgetränke und Körpergewicht: Zusammenhänge und Interventionsmöglichkeiten. Adipositas 2017, 11:140-145. (Online)
  • von Philipsborn P, Heise TL, Lhachimi SK, Landgraf R, Hauner H: Adipositas-Prävention: Eine Steuer auf Süßgetränke ist an der Zeit. Dtsch Arztebl 2017, 114:160. (Online, open access)
  • Hommes F, von Philipsborn P, Geffert K, Karduck L: Public and global health in Germany – A contribution to the current debate [Article in German]. Das Gesundheitswesen 2016, 78:126-129. (Online)