Rehfuess, Eva


Eva Annette Rehfuess, BA MA(Oxon) PhD


   Marchioninistr. 15, 81377 Munich (Germany)
   Tel: +49 89 7095-7494
   Fax: +49 89 7095-7491
   E-Mail: rehfuess@ibe.med.uni-muenchen.de

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since 2015 Adjunct Professor, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, http://waterinstitute.unc.edu/about-us/outside-affiliates/eva-rehfuess/

since 2009 Senior scientist, Institute for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology and Pettenkofer School of Public Health, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich

2011 - 2014 Habilitation in Epidemiology and Public Health on “Application of the Principles and Methods of Evidence-Based Public Health to the Household Air Pollution Challenge”, Faculty of Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich

2002 – 2008 Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Public Health on „Solid fuel use and child health in Africa: a causal analysis", Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Imperial College London

2002 – 2009 Establishment and coordination of a programme on household air pollution from solid fuel use in developing countries, World Health Organization, Geneva

2001 – 2007 Coordination of Global Initiative on Children's Environmental Health Indicators, World Health Organization, Geneva

1999 – 2000 Refinement of the global solar UV index and development of concepts for skin cancer prevention among children, World Health Organization, Geneva

1999 – 2000 Post-Graduate Fellowship Programme for International Affairs with the Robert Bosch Foundation, the World Health Organization, Geneva and the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Education, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

1995 – 1998 B.A. and M.A. (Oxon) in Biological Sciences, University of Oxford


Areas of research

  • Methods for evidence-based public health
  • Systematic reviews
  • Evaluation of complex interventions
  • Household air pollution from solid fuel use in developing countries
  • Child health in developing countries
  • Effectiveness and implementation of the UV Index

Selected current research projects

Other relevant activities

  • Founding member of Cochrane Public Health Europe, http://ph.cochrane.org/cochrane-public-health-europe
  • Editor of Cochrane Public Health
  • Convenor of German Network for Evidence-based Medicine, Public Health Group
  • GRADE Working Group (member)
  • Global Alliance on Clean Cookstoves, Health Working Group (member)
  • Global Burden of Disease Projects 2010, Household Air Pollution Working Group (member)
  • Associate Editor of Energy for Sustainable Development


  • Gobal Public Health module as part of Master of Public Health and MSc in Epidemiology programmes
  • Basics of evidence-based medicine and clinical epidemiology as part of medical curriculum (MeCUM)
  • Organisation and teaching as part of European Summer School in Evidence-Based Public Health (www.evidencebasedpublichealth.co.uk, www.evidencebasedpublichealth.de)


Selected publications related to evidence-based public health and complexity

Rutter H, Savona N, Glonti K, Bibby J, Cummins S, Finegood D, Greaves F, Harper L, Hawe P, Moore L, Petticrew M, Rehfuess EA, Shiell A, Thomas J, White M (2017). Why we need a complex systems model of evidence for public health. Lancet 390:2602-2604.

Polus S, Pieper D, Burns J, Fretheim A, Ramsay C, Higgins JPT, Mathes T, Pfadenhauer LM, Rehfuess EA (2017). Heterogeneity in application, design and analysis characteristics was found for controlled before-after (CBA) and interrupted time series (ITS) studies included in Cochrane reviews. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 91:56-69.

Pfadenhauer LM, Gerhardus A, Mozygemba K, Bakke Lysdahl K, Booth A, Hofmann B, Wahlster P, Polus S, Burns J, Brereton L, Rehfuess EA (2017). Making sense of complexity in context and implementation: The Context and Implementation of Complex Interventions (CICI) Framework. Implementation Science 12(1):2.

Paudel D, Shrestha IB, Siebeck M, Rehfuess EA (2017). Impact of the Community-Based Newborn Care Package in Nepal: a quasi-experimental evaluation. BMJ Open 7(10), e015285.

Rehfuess EA, Durao S, Kyamanywa P, Meerpohl JJ, Young T, Rohwer A on behalf of the CEBHA+ consortium (2016). Setting evidence-based and stakeholder-informed research priorities in resource-limited settings: the CEBHA+ approach. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 94(4):297-305.

Selected publications related to systematic review methods and evidence grading

Rehfuess EA, Booth A, Brereton L, Burns J, Gerhardus A, Mozygemba K, Oortwijn W, Pfadenhauer LM, Tummers M, van der Wilt G-J, Rohwer A. Towards a taxonomy of logic models in systematic reviews and health technology assessments: a priori, staged and iterative approaches. Research Synthesis Methods, epub ahead of print.

Rohwer A, Pfadenhauer LM, Burns J, Brereton L, Gerhardus A, Booth A, Oortwijn W, Rehfuess EA (2017). Logic models help make sense of complexity in systematic reviews and health technology assessments. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 83:37-47.

Lewin S, Hendry M, Chandler J, Oxman AD, Michie S, Shepperd S, Reeves BC, Tugwell P, Hannes K, Rehfuess EA, Welch V, Mckenzie JE, Burford B, Petkovic J, Anderson LM, Harris J, Noyes J (2017). Assessing the complexity of interventions within systematic reviews: development, content and use of a new tool (iCAT_SR). BMC Medical Research Methodology 17:76.

Petticrew M, Rehfuess EA, Noyes J, Higgins J, Mayhew A, Pantoja T, Shemilt I, Sowden A (2013). Synthesising evidence on complex interventions: the contribution of meta-analytic, qualitative and mixed-method approaches. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 66(11):1230-43.

Rehfuess EA, Akl EA. (2013) Current experience with applying the GRADE approach to public health interventions: an empirical study. BMC Public Health 13:9.

Selected global health publications

Pope D, Bruce NG, Jagoe K, Dherani M, Rehfuess EA (2017). Real-life effectiveness of “improved” cookstoves and clean fuels in reducing PM2.5 and CO: systematic review and meta-analysis Environment International 101:7-18.

Garn JV, Sclar GD, Freeman MC, Alexander KT, Penakalapati G, Brooks P, Rehfuess EA, Clasen TF (2017). The Impact of Sanitation Interventions on Latrine Coverage and Latrine Use: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 220(2 Pt B):329-340.

Neupane M, Basnyat B, Fischer R, Froeschl G, Wolbers M, Rehfuess EA (2015). Sustained use of biogas fuel and blood pressure among women in rural Nepal. Environmental Research 136:343–351.

Rehfuess EA, Puzzolo E, Stanistreet D, Pope D, Bruce NG (2014). Enablers and barriers to large-scale uptake of improved solid fuel stoves: a systematic review. Environmental Health Perspectives 122(2):120-30.

Lim SS, Vos T, Flaxman AD … Rehfuess EA … Ezzati M (2012). A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990–2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet 380:2224–60