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Dr Peter von Philipsborn, MD, MSc, MA

Research Associate


Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research
Pettenkofer School of Public Health, LMU Munich
Elisabeth-Winterhalter-Weg 6, 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 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.

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 in public health

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.

Work Experience

  • since 09.2020: Junior Doctor, Department of Psychiatry, LMU Klinikum, Munich, Germany (full-time from 09.2020-04.2021, part-time with 50% since 05.2021)
  • 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)
  • 12.2017: Medical License 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)
  • 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)
  • Food Systems, Climate Change and Global Health (10-day summer school course for the German National Academic Foundation or Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, scheduled for 2021, postponed to 2022 due to Covid-19)
  • Planetary Health Nutrition (2-day workshop for the German Network of Young Professionals in Public Health, 2020)
  • Climate Change, Health and Development (2-week summer school course for the German National Students’ Academy or Deutsche Schülerakademie, 2014)
  • The Politics and Policies of Climate Change (2-week summer school course for the German National Students’ Academy or Deutsche Schülerakademie, 2011)


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

Board and Committee Memberships

  • German Medical Association (Bundesärztekammer): Member of the Committee on Prevention and Public Health
  • Robert Koch Institute (RKI): Member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Diabetes Surveillance
  • Zukunftsforum Public Health (ZfPH): Member of the Steering Committee
  • Network of Young Professionals in Public Health (NÖG): Co-founder and member of the Coordinating Committee 2018-2021


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)