Public Health Kompakt

The fourth edition of Public Health Kompakt is available in print and as an ebook since March 2021. The 576-page German-language textbook provides basic information about public health, including prevention, health promotion, epidemiology, biostatistics, and healthcare systems. The book is directed toward students of medicine, public health, and nursing, as well as population scientists, health economists, and other healthcare professionals.

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In addition to defining basic terms and concepts, the German-language textbook provides relevant basic knowledge in the fields of prevention, health promotion, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

The updated edition has been thoroughly revised. For example, the methods chapter has been expanded to include the topics of mixed-methods studies, routine data, and long-term studies. Other chapters go into greater depth on the climatic, ecological and health consequences of global warming and the One Health concept. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is dealt with in several chapters.

Commissioning Editors for the book were Matthias Egger of the University of Bern’s Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, Oliver Razum of the University of Bielefeld (Germany), and Anita Rieder of the Center for Public Health at the Medical University of Vienna. It was a “great collaboration between colleagues in Austria, Germany and Switzerland,” says Egger.

The book is available online or in print from Berlin-based publisher De Gruyter (

For the online version of Public Health kompakt in German click here.