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Dr. rer. nat. Kristina Hoffmann, MSc PH

Kristina Hoffmann studied biology and received her PhD in molecular biology. After many years of research work both at universities and in industry, she worked as a science manager for several years.

In 2006, she started her work at the Mannheim Institute of Public Health - now the Department of General Medicine - as the scientific coordinator. She established scientific management structures in the institute and coordinated the collaboration of scientists both internally and with external partners.

From 2010 to 2016, she headed the research department "Bio-Context & Health" and studied Public Health part-time at the Dutch Erasmus University Rotterdam from 2013 to 2015. As part of this further development, she is currently leading a research program on "Health Promotion in Neighborhoods". Here, strategies are being developed to enable a realistic implementation of public health research in community health promotion practice.

At the beginning of 2014, she also took over the management of the academic teaching.


In science

  • Qualitative needs analyses for the development of community and neighborhood health promotion strategies
  • Development of measurement instruments for the evaluation of health promotion measures in neighborhoods
  • Process evaluation of community and neighborhood health promotion strategies and projects
  • Early prevention of obesity in children

In translation

  • Founding member of the Mannheim Network for Health Promotion in Squares (GF2)
  • Member of the planning group municipal health conference of the city of Mannheim
  • Anchoring of health promotion in integrated action concepts for neighborhood management

In teaching

  • Strategic and content-related further development of teaching
  • Management of "inclination orientation in general medicine in MaReCuM".
  • Management of teaching coordination
  • Committee work: AG Curriculum, guest member of the study commission

Research Interests

  • The neighborhood as a setting for health promotion
  • Development and evaluation of neighborhood-based interventions
  • Social determinants of health and resulting inequalities
  • Participation processes in the sense of participatory health promotion
  • Factors influencing healthy eating behavior in the population
  • Innovative teaching and learning methods in medical education

Selected Publications

Hilger-Kolb J, Ganter C, Albrecht M, Bosle C, Fischer JE, Schilling L, Schlüfter C, Steinisch M, Hoffmann K (2019): Identification of starting points to promote health and wellbeing at the community level – a qualitative study. BMC Public Health 19:75

Schneider S, Diehl K, Görig T, Schilling L, De Bock F, Hoffmann K, Albrecht M, Sonntag D, Fischer JE. (2017): Health Contextual influences on physical activity and eating habits - Options for action on the community level. BMC Public Health 17:760

Hilger-Kolb J, Bosle C, Motoc I, Hoffmann K (2017)
Association between dietary factors and obesity-related biomarkers in healthy children and adolescents – a systematic review. Nutr J. 2017; 16: 85.

Hoffmann K, De Gelder R, Hu Y, Bopp M, Vitrai J, Lahelma E, Menvielle G, Santana P, Regidor E, Ekholm O, Mackenbach JP, van Lenthe FJ (2017) Trends in educational inequalities in obesity in 15 European countries between 1990 and 2010. Int. Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 14: 63

Hilger J, Goerig T, Weber P, Hoeft B, Eggersdorfer M, Costa Carvalho N, Goldberger U, Hoffmann K (2015) Micronutrient Intake in Healthy Toddlers: A Multinational Perspective. Nutrients 2015, 7(8), 6938-6955;

Mauss D, Jarczok MN, Hoffmann K, Thomas GN, Fischer JE (2015) Association Of Vitamin D Levels With Type 2 Diabetes In Older Working Adults. Intern J Health Int J Med Sci. 2015 May 1;12(5):362-8.

Hilger J, Friedel A, Herr R, Rausch T, Roos F, Wahl DA, Pierroz DD, Weber P, Hoffmann K (2013) A systematic review of vitamin D status in populations worldwide. Br J Nutr, August 2013, doi:10.1017/S0007114513001840.

De Bock F, Fischer JE, Hoffmann K, Renz-Polster H (2010) A participatory parent-focused intervention promoting physical activity in preschools: design of a cluster-randomized trial. BMC Public Health 10 (49)

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