The Institute of Epidemiology and Social Medicine was found in 1993 and developed out of the chair of Medical Sociology. It is part of the faculty of medicine of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Moreover it is closely connected to the local Universitätsklinikum with regard to contents, buildings and administration.
The two chairs of the institute are hold by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Berger and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Hense.
Klaus Berger, who has been working for the institute since 1996, took over the management in 2010. Among other topics he researches on neuro- epidemiology and health care provision.
Hans-Werner Hense has been leading the department of clinical epidemiology since 1994. One of his foci in research is cardiovascular epidemiology.
The institute has about twenty academic members of staff of various lines of research. The epidemiology brought together medics, psychologists and statisticians with natural scientists, healthcare professionals, pharmacists and demographers. Apart from this a team of the same size provides a solid ground for our academic research by managing the data, working in the study team or by carrying out administrative tasks.