Working with the CSHI

The CSHI offers a multidisciplinary team with expertise in various scientific fields. This allows for the combination of evidence based research praxis and practical relevance. Current research interests are concerned with social and political conditions within the social- and public health sector. Our team offers support in field access (experts, strategies etc.), methodological considerations and networking opportunities with experts from various fields related to the social and health sector.


Thesis Topics

Different Perspectives on Primary Healthcare: The introduction and implementation of the new primary healthcare law poses a challenge for all actors involved. The assessments of positive and negative aspects vary widely depending on the actors involved (GP, TGKK, Ärztekammer). What is needed is a systematic and structured access to existing sets of interests, fears, hopes, assumed potentials and disadvantages within the framework of the implementation of primary healthcare units.

  • Relevance: Public Health
  • Approach: Qualitative
  • Methods: Interviews including appropriate tools for interpretation
  • Contact person: Lukas Kerschbaumer


Dis- and Misinformation on Social Media: One key challenge on Social Media is that sources have become less reliable and many strategic actors (political or industry groups) try to influence individuals’ perceptions by disseminating misleading content. Master thesis in this field may deal with a) the sources of dis- and misinformation (health influencers, political or industry groups), b) the content itself (e.g., misleading information on vaccination or tobacco use), or c) the effects on citizens’ perceptions and knowledge. Students may either use survey designs, content analysis or experiments for their inquiries.

  • Relevance: Public Health
  • Approach: Quantitative – some cases qualitative
  • Methods: Surveys, Experiments, Content Analysis
  • Contact person: Raffael Heiss


Health literacy - Antecedents and Consequences: Health literacy has been discussed as a key concept which may explain better health outcomes. While much research exists on the conceptualization and measurement of health literacy, research on its antecedents (i.e. social status, education, interest, environmental factors etc.) and consequences (e.g., effects on health behavior and healthy choices) is scarce. Students may use surveys, small-scale interventions or natural experiments to investigate antecedents or consequences of health literacy.

  • Relevance: Public Health
  • Approach: Quantitative – some cases qualitative
  • Methods: Surveys, interventions, experiments etc.
  • Contact person: Claudia Zoller / Raffael Heiss


Cross Border Inclusion of People with Disabilities (Bavaria and Tyrol): Inclusion and integration of people with disabilities, especially into the labor market, recurrently come to an end when it comes to borders between countries. Each country follows its own strategies in supporting people with disabilities to find access to the labor market. Even if it means to support employers financially so that they see the profit in hiring people with disabilities. However, in the moment where financial support is necessary to start an employment beyond the jurisdiction of the country of origin, across the border from Tyrol to Bavaria, terms like inclusion and integration become nationalized. What are the legal, institutional and administrative possibilities and obstacles for cross-border cooperation to improve the integration of people with disabilities?

  • Relevance: Social Services, Employment Services, Public Health
  • Approach: Qualitative – some cases quantitative
  • Methods: Focus groups, Interviews
  • Contact person: Lukas Kerschbaumer


Food Environments & Food Politics: Students may investigate the role of agricultural practices, individual industry players or specific policies in shaping our food environments. For example, students may look at whether organic farming can create healthier food environments. They may also focus on how individual food companies try to influence food choices, such as via research funding or marketing. They may also look into policy choices, such as marketing regulations or taxes on unhealthy products (e.g., sugar taxes). A variety of methods can be used, such as content analysis (e.g., documents), systematic literature reviews (PRISMA), or survey and experimental/interventional research.

  • Relevance: Public Health
  • Approach: Qualitative/Quantitative
  • Methods: Surveys, experiments, content analysis, literature reviews
  • Contact person: Raffael Heiss
Lukas Kerschbaumer
Lukas Kerschbaumer, BA MA Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 7421This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Raffael Heiss
Dr. Raffael Heiss, MA Senior Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 7432This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Claudia Zoller
Dr. Claudia Zoller Lecturer +43 512 2070 - 7431This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Curriculum Vitae

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