• Social determinants of health and risk behaviours 
  • Empirical methods of public health 
  • Lifestyle and health culture
  • Since 1995:
    Professor for public health at the ISPM at the University of Bern
  • 1993 – 1995:
    Professor for public health and epidemiology in the department of medicine at the Ludwig-Maximillians-University Munich, Germany
  • 1986 – 1993:
    Research assistant and lecturer in medical sociology in the department of medicine at the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
    (med. habil.)
  • 1984 – 1986:
    Teaching and research assistant in the department of sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
    (Ph.D. in Sociology) 
  • 1976 – 1984:
    Student and graduate scholarship at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany
    (Dr.phil., sports science)