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Dr Peter von Philipsborn, MD, MSc, MA

Junior Research Group Leader


Junior Research Group Planetary Health Nutrition
Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research
Pettenkofer School of Public Health, LMU Munich
Elisabeth-Winterhalter-Weg 6, D-81377 Munich, Germany

Room: U032
Phone: +49 (0)89 231 538 61 / +49 (0)178 49 83 817

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I’m a medical doctor and public health professional working at the crossroads of research, policy and practice. With a background in medicine, political science, economics and law, I specialise on planetary health nutrition, defined as the art and science of promoting healthy and sustainable diets on a population level. I’m passionate about research with policy impact, teaching, and public engagement with science.

Current projects

  • FoodPlanetH - Food Environments for Planetary Health (2022-2027, Junior Research Group, PI & Research Group Leader; Project brief)
  • FoodSAMSA - Food environments in Africa: Addressing Malnutrition using a Syndemics Approach (2021-2024, Co-PI with Eva Rehfuess; Website)
  • PEN - Policy Evaluation Network for Policies affecting Dietary and Physical Activity (2019-2022, Co-PI for LMU Munich with Eva Rehfuess; Website)
  • INFORMAS - International Network for Food, Obesity and NCD Research, Monitoring and Action Support) (since 2017, PI for LMU Munich; Website)
  • Evidence- and Consensus-based Guideline on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity (since 2020, lead author and coordinator for prevention; Details)

Areas of interest

  • Public and Planetary Health Nutrition
  • Food systems, health and sustainability
  • Prevention of obesity and diabetes mellitus
  • Implementation of population-level health promotion policies
  • Germany's public health system

Methodological expertise

  • Evidence syntheses (systematic reviews with and without meta-analysis, rapid reviews, clinical and public health guidelines)
  • Policy, Stakeholder and Framing Analysis
  • Mixed-methods evaluations of public health interventions
  • Integrated knowledge translation, science communication and stakeholder engagement

Key Publications

All publications on Google ScholarPubMed and ResearchGate.
  • von Philipsborn P, Geffert K, Klinger C, et al.: Nutrition Policies in Germany: A Systematic Assessment with the Food Environment Policy Index. (Food-EPI). Public Health Nutrition 2021. (Online, open access).
  • 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)
  • 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)
Further publications are listed below.

Work Experience

  • since 10.2022: Research Group Leader, Junior Research Group Planetary Health Nutrition (Project brief), Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research
  • 02.2018-09.2022: Research Associate, Working Group Evidence-based Public Health, Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research, Prof. Dr. Eva Rehfuess) (Full-time employment with breaks and part-time work during the periods of clinical work listed below)
  • 09.2020-12.2021: Junior Doctor, Department of Psychiatry, LMU Klinikum, Munich, Germany (full-time from 09.2020-04.2021, part-time with 50% from 05.2021-12.2021)
  • 09.2018-08.2019: Junior Doctor, Department of General Internal Medicine, Municipal Hospital Mühldorf am Inn, Germany (full-time)


  • 09.2020: Doctorate in Medicine, Summa cum laude, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (Supervisors: Prof. Eva Rehfuess and Prof. Hans Hauner. Titel: Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases: International Evidence and Implementation in Germany; Link)
  • 12.2017: Medical Licensing Examination, Technical University Munich
  • 07.2011: MA Political Science, Economics and Law, University of Freiburg
  • 10.2009: MSc Global Politics, with Distinction, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


  • Evidence-based Medicine (Lecture and seminar for medical students, LMU Munich, since 2017; Course guide in German)
  • Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Lecture in the Master Programme Public Health, LMU Munich, since 2018)
  • Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases (Lecture in the Master Programme Public Health, LMU Munich, since 2019)
  • Public Health Nutrition (1-week intensive course in the Master Programmes in Public Health and Epidemiology and the PhD Programme Public Health & Epidemiology, LMU Munich, starting in February 2023; Course outline)
  • Food Systems, Climate Change and Global Health (10-day summer school course for the German National Academic Scholarship Foundation or Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, August 2022; Course guide in German)


  • Teaching Award, Medical Faculty of the Technical University Munich (2015)
  • Scholarship, German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)

Editorships and peer reviewer activities

  • Editorships: Public Health Nutrition (Cambridge University Press; Associate Editor since May 2022), Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism (Karger; Associate Editor since July 2021)
  • Peer Reviewer Activities: Public Health Nutrition, Lancet Planetary Health, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, British Journal of Nutrition, International Journal of Obesity, PLOS One, Obesity Reviews, Food Policy, Health Policy, Journal of Public Health, International Journal of Public Health, Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Handbook of Systematic Reviews, Das Gesundheitswesen. (Selected verified reviews on Web of Science)
  • Grant reviews: Swiss National Science Foundation (Schweizer Nationalfonds, since 2020), Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research (Austria, since 2022)

Board and Committee Memberships


Science Communication (selection)

  • Blogs: Evidently Cochrane - Cutting down on sugary drinks: what works best? (Online, 06.11.2019), Wissen Was Wirkt - Flüssige Süßigkeiten und was gegen sie hilft (Online, 26.06.2019), SpringerMedizin - PJ-Tagebuch (Online, 2017)
  • Newspaper reports (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)
  • Newspaper reports and interviews (German): SZ - Land der verschenkten Möglichkeiten (Online, 19.10.2021), ZEIT - Studie bescheinigt Deutschland mangelhafte Ernährungspolitik (Online, 19.10.2021), Frankfurter Rundschau - Gesunde Ernährung: Deutschland weit abgeschlagen im Ländervergleich (Online, 21.10.2021), Frankfurter Rundschau - Gesunde Ernährung darf keine Geldfrage sein (Online, 03.04.2021), SZ - Bittersüß (Online, 12.06.2019), ZEIT - Zucker in Süßgetränken (Online, 13.06.2019),  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)
  • Science Media Center (German): Neigen vegetarisch ernährte Kinder eher zu Untergewicht? (03.05.2022, Online), Maßnahmen zur Senkung des Verbrauchs von Zuckergetränken (12.06.2019, Online)
  • Videos (German): Videos: Simplicissimus - künstliche Süßstoffe (Online, 2021), Volt meets Experts: Was du isst - Alles Privatsache? (Online, 2020)

Further publications

Key publications are listed above

Journal articles in English

  • Mörschel KS, von Philipsborn P, Hawkings B, McGill E: Evidence-related framing in the German debate on sugar taxation: a qualitative framing analysis and international comparison. Evidence & Policy 2022, 18(1). (Online)
  • Mörschel KS, von Philipsborn P, Hawkins B, McGill E: Concepts of responsibility in the German media debate on sugar taxation: a qualitative framing analysis. European Journal of Public Health 2021, 32(2):267-272. (Online, open access)
  • Emmert-Fees KMF, Karl FM, von Philipsborn P, Rehfuess EA, Laxy M: Simulation Modeling for the Economic Evaluation of Population-Based Dietary Policies: A Systematic Scoping Review. Advances in Nutrition 2021, 12(5): 1957-1995. (Online, open access)
  • Merner B, Lowe D, Walsh L, et al.: Stakeholder Involvement in Systematic Reviews: Lessons From Cochrane’s Public Health and Health Systems Network. American Journal of Public Health 2021; 111: 1210-5. (Online)
  • Burns J, Movsisyan A, Stratil JM, Biallas RL, Coenen M, Emmert-Fees KM, Geffert K, Hoffmann S, Horstick O, Laxy M, Pfadenhauer LM, von Philipsborn P et al: International travel-related control measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic: a rapid review. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2021, 3(3):Cd013717. (Online, open access)
  • von Philipsborn P, Biallas R, Burns J, Drees S, Geffert K, Movsisyan A, Pfadenhauer LM, Sell K, Strahwald B, Stratil JM et al: Adverse effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in patients with viral respiratory infections: rapid systematic review. BMJ Open 2020, 10(11):e040990. (Online, open access)
  • Burns J, Movsisyan A, Stratil JM, Coenen M, Emmert-Fees KM, Geffert K, Hoffmann S, Horstick O, Laxy M, Pfadenhauer LM, von Philipsborn P et al: Travel-related control measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic: a rapid review. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2020, 10:Cd013717. (Online, open access)
  • von Philipsborn P, Stratil JM, Burns J, Busert LK, Pfadenhauer LM, Polus S, Holzapfel C, Hauner H, Rehfuess EA: Environmental Interventions to Reduce the Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: Abridged Cochrane Systematic Review. Obesity Facts 2020. (Online, open access)
  • Kraef C, Wood B, von Philipsborn P, Singh S, Peterson SS, Kallestrup P: Primary health care and nutrition. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2020, 98(12):886-893. (Online, open access)
  • Hommes F, Drees S, Geffert K, von Philipsborn P, Stratil JM: How are social determinants of health represented in German medical education?: a qualitative content analysis of key-curricular documents. BMJ Open 2020, 10(7):e036026. (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)
  • 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)
  • 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(12):e0004182. (Online, open access)

Journal articles in German

  • Wabnitz K, Klinger C, von Philipsborn P: Diabetogenic environmental factors. Die Diabetologie 2022. (Online, open access)
  • Hommes F, Mohsenpour A, Kropff D, Pilgram L, Matusall S, von Philipsborn P, Sell K: Supra-regional public health actors in Germany—an overview and categorization. Bundesgesundheitsblatt 2022 (65), 96–106. (Online, open access)
  • von Philipsborn P: Scientific evidence for food policies. Ernährungs-Umschau 2022, 69(1):10-17. (Online, open access)
  • Geffert K, Klinger C, Hebestreit A, Rehfuess E, von Philipsborn P: Policies for Healthier Diets – An Overview of the Challenges and Opportunities for Germany in International Comparison. Adipositas - Ursachen, Folgeerkrankungen, Therapie 2022, 16(02):98-105. (Online)
  • Maintz E-M, Stein N, Mohren J, Wagner J, von Philipsborn P, Wabnitz K: Standards für Gemeinschaftsverpflegung: Bessere Menüs aus Klinikküchen. Dtsch Arztebl International 2022, 119(3):A-78. (Online, open access)
  • Rehfuess EA, Zhelyazkova A, von Philipsborn P, Griebler U, De Bock F: Evidence-based public health: perspectives and specific implementation factors. Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz 2021. (Online, open access)
  • Klinger C, Geffert K, Hebestreit A, Rehfuess EA, von Philipsborn P: S Creating healthy food environments: results of the Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI). Public Health Forum 2021, 29(4):315-318. (Online)
  • Geffert K, Klinger C, von Philipsborn P: Food policies and equity – implications for policy. Soziale Sicherheit 2021, 12:434-439. (Online)
  • Arnold L, Mörschel K, Suffel A, von Philipsborn P: Präventionspolitik – Prevention policy – not just a topic for the health department. Public Health Forum 2020, 28(3):202–204. (Online)
  • von Philipsborn P, Landgraf R: Prevention, Remission or Delay of the Manifestation of Type 2 Diabetes – Part 2. Diabetologie und Stoffwechsel 2020, 15(06):457 - 469. (Online)
  • von Philipsborn P, Geffert K: Prevention of Obesity. Psychotherapeut 2020, 66:35-41. (Online)
  • von Philipsborn P, Garlichs D, Wildner M, Loss J. Political Implementation of Population-Level Prevention: Challenges and Success Factors. Das Gesundheitswesen. 2020(EFirst). Epub 21.01.2020. DOI: 10.1055/a-1082-0939 (Online)
  • 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 . Das Gesundheitswesen 2018; 80:e54-e61. (Online)
  • von Philipsborn P, Effertz T, Laxy M, Schwettmann L, Stratil JM. Prevention of obesity and diabetes mellitus as a political challenge. Adipositas 2018;12:113-19.(Online)
  • Hommes F, Drees S, Geffert K, von Philipsborn P, Stratil J. Representation of Social Determinants of Health in German Medical Education. Gesundheitswesen. 2019(EFirst). Epub 22.10.2019. (Online)
  • Akçay M, Drees S, Geffert K, Havemann M, Hommes F, Jaehn P, Krisam M, Mohsenpour A, Sell K, Stratil J, von Philipsborn P: Public Health in Germany From The Perspective of Young Professionals. Gesundheitswesen 2018, 81(3):176-181. (Online; Open access preprint)
  • 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. 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. Das Gesundheitswesen 2016, 78:126-129. (Online)
Book chapters (in German)
  • von Philipsborn P, Rehfuess E: Evidenzbasierte Public Health. In: Public Health. Edited by Schmidt-Semisch H, Schorb F. Wiesbaden: Springer Nature; 2021: 303-329. (Online)
  • von Philipsborn P, Geffert K: Gesundheitsförderung auf Bevölkerungsebene. In: Public Health. Edited by Schmidt-Semisch H, Schorb F. Wiesbaden: Springer Nature; 2021: 233-259. (Online)
Reports and Policy Briefs (in German)
  • Policy Evaluation Network 2021: Politik für eine gesunde Ernährung: Ausgangslage und Reformvorschläge für Deutschland. (Online, open access)
  • Policy Evaluation Network 2021: Der Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) Ergebnisbericht für Deutschland. (Online, open access)
  • Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (vzbv) 2021: Lebensmittel mit Kinderoptik und deren Bewerbung: Problemlage und Möglichkeiten der politischen Regulierung. (Online, open access)
  • The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change 2020. Policy Brief for Germany. (Online, open access)
  • Policy Evaluation Network 2020: Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) Evidenzbericht für Deutschland. (Online, open access)
  • German Medical Students' Association 2017: 360° - Eine Einführung in die Globale Gesundheit als Vorbereitung auf Auslandsaufenthalte. (Online, open access)
  • German Medical Students' Association 2015: Wie gut sind unsere Mensen? - Eine Bestandsaufnahme an den Universitätskliniken und medizinischen Fakultäten in Deutschland. (Online, open access)