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Prof. Dr. Julika Loss

Curriculum vitae

Academic education
1991-1998 Medical School, Hanover / Germany
Scientific degrees
2007 Habilitation in Health Care Sciences and Management in Medicine, University of Bayreuth, Germany; Topic: Quality management and Evaluation in Health promotion and Prevention
1999 Doctor of Medicine, Medical School, Hanover, Germany
Scientific curriculum
Since 2010 Full Professor, Head of Medical Sociology, University of Regensburg, Germany
2008-2010 Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Care Sciences and Management in Medicine, University of Bayreuth, Germany
2001-2008 Post-doctoral fellow, Institute for Health Care Sciences and Management in Medicine, University of Bayreuth, Germany
2005-2006 Visiting Academic, Australian Centre for Health Promotion, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia (Scholarship of German Research Foundation (DFG))
1998-2001 Resident / Postgraduate training, Centre for Internal Medicine, Dep. of Gastroenterology and Hepatology & Dep. of Cardiology, Medical School, University of Hanover

Research focus

  • Barriers and facilitators in delivery of health services
  • Health communication and social marketing in prevention
  • Qualitative data collection
  • Implementing and evaluating health promotion and prevention projects in settings (schools, communities), focus on healthy nutrition and physical activity
  • Participation and empowerment in health promotion

Research projects

Health promotion, empowerment

  • GEniESseR Oberpfalz: [Implementing Healthy Nutrition by fostering Empowerment und Participation in the Community Setting], funded by the Germany Ministry for Research and Education (09/2010-12/2015)
  • ACTION for Men. Building community capacity to increase the participation of men ≥40 years in physical activity – the role of key stakeholders. (in co-operation with Institute of Sport Sciences, University of Bayreuth), sub-project within the research network „Capital4health“, funded by the Germany Ministry for Research and Education (04/2015-03/2018)

Health services research: analysis of barriers & facilitators etc

  • Prevention in the post-genomic era: communication of genetic risks for widespread disease: the example of age-related macula degeneration (AMD), (in co-operation with Genetic Epidemiology, Inst. of Human Genetics, and Dep. of ophthalmology), funded by the Germany Ministry for Research and Education (11/2013-03/2016)
  • „SPOntAn – Structures and Processes in Organ Procurement and Allocation – Status Quo and Analysis of Barriers and Facilitators in Transplantation“, in co-operation with the Department of Surgery, Regensburg University Hospital, and Eurotransplant / Leiden (NL) (12/2010-02/2012)
  • The prevention program „Prescription for Movement“: Survey among office-based physicians on implementation and barriers of prescribing physical activity (04/2013-07/2014)
  • POLYQUALY: Outcome after major trauma in a certified trauma network: comparing standard vs. maximum care facilities analysis of barriers and facilitators (in co-operation with Dep. of Trauma Surgery and Centre for Clinical Studies, University hospital Regensburg), funded by the Germany Ministry for Research and Education (02/2012-01/2015)
  • VisuaL – Improving co-operation across different health care sectors: the case of colorectal liver metastases, funded by Siemens Healthcare (05/2012-09/2014)
  • Barriers in prevention and detection of oral carcinoma, in co-operation with the Dep. of Cranio- and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Regensburg

Finished projects (selection)

  • Status quo of health topics related to prevention in Facebook – a content analysis (03/2012-12/2012)
  • Quality management and evaluation of the Bavarian health promotion initiative „Gesund.Leben.Bayern.“ (Healthy Life Bavaria), funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Health, Munich, Germany (2005-2010)
  • Qualitative study on „Office based HIV und STD prevention“ (with A. Wolf), funded by the Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe e.V. (2007-2009)
  • Qualitative study on „Evaluation as an instrument for quality management in community-based health promotion“ (focus: empowerment and participation) with the Australian Centre for Health Promotion, University of Sydney, funded by the German Research Foundation DFG (2005–2006)
  • Intervention „BEO’S – physical activity and healthy nutrition in schools of Upper Franconia“, in co-operation with the Institute of Sports Science and the Research Centre for German and European Food Law, University of Bayreuth,
  • funded by the Foundation of Upper Franconia (Oberfrankenstiftung) and Techniker Health Insurance (2007-2010)
  • Outcome evaluation of the community-based health promotion program „Healthy Karlshuld“ (Gesundes Karlshuld), funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Health (2008-2009)


Brandstetter S, Rüter J, Curbach J, Loss J. A systematic review on empowerment for healthy nutrition in health promotion. Pub Health Nutrition 2015, doi:10.1017/S1368980015000270 (IF 2,48)

Brandstetter S, McCool M, Wise M, Loss J. Australian health promotion practitioners’ perceptions on evaluation of empowerment and participation. Health Promot Int 2014; 29(1):70-80. (IF 1,94)

Thanner M, Nagel E, Loss J. Komplementäre und alternative Heilverfahren im vertragsärztlichen Bereich: Ausmaß, Struktur und Gründe des ärztlichen Angebots [Complementary and alternative medicine in the German outpatient setting: extent, structure and reasons for provision]. Gesundheitswesen 2014; 76:215-21 (IF 0,7)

Loss J, Lindacher V, Curbach C. Online social networking sites - a novel setting for health promotion? Health Place 2014; 26:161-70 (IF 2,44)

Drewitz KP, Loss M, Loss J, Apfelbacher CJ. Predictors of non-transplantation of adult donor organs - an observational study using routine data from Eurotransplant. BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:584 (IF 1,66)

Loss J, Drewitz KP, Schlitt HJ, Loss M. Accept or refuse? Factors influencing the decision-making of transplant surgeons who are offered a pancreas: results of a qualitative study. BMC Surgery 2013; 13(1):47 (IF 1,97)

Loss M, Drewitz KP, Apfelbacher CJ, van Rosmalen MD, Rahmel A, Schlitt HJ, Loss J. Why offered pancreases are refused in the allocation process – a descriptive study using routine data from Eurotransplant. Transplantation 2013; 95(9):1134–41 (IF 4,0)

Loss J, Lindacher V, Curbach J. Do social networking sites enhance the attractiveness of risky health behavior? Impression management in adolescents’ communication on Facebook and its ethical implications. Pub Health Ethics 2013; doi: 10.1093/phe/pht028 (IF 1,27)

Thanner M, Nagel E , Loss J. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen einer Zusammenarbeit mit Heilpraktikern aus ärztlicher Sicht [Cooperation between physicians and non-medically trained practitioners: advantages and obstacles]. Forsch Kompl med 2013; 20:23–32 (IF 1,65)

Eichhorn C, Bodner L, Liebl S, Scholz U, Wozniak D, Möstl M, Ungerer-Röhrich U, Nagel E, Loss, J. BEO'S - Bewegung und Ernährung an Oberfrankens Schulen. [BEO'S - physical activity and healthy eating at schools in Oberfranken, Bavaria concept and first results of a resource-oriented, systemic approach in school-based health promotion] Gesundheitswesen 2012;74:104-11 (IF 0,97)

Loss J, Leitzmann M. Ansätze zur verhältnisorientierten Adipositasprävention bei Kindern und Jugendlichen [Environmental approaches in the prevention of obesity in children and adolescents]. Bundesgesundheitsbl 2011; 54:281-289. (IF 0,66)

Loss J, Nagel E. Probleme und ethische Herausforderungen bei der bevölkerungsbezogenen Gesundheitskommunikation [Problems and ethical challenges in public health communication]. Bundesgesundheitsbl 2009; 52:502–511 (IF 0,66)


King L, Loss J, Wilkenfeld R, Pagnini D, Booth M, Booth S (2007). Australian GPs' perceptions about child and adolescent overweight and obesity: The Weight of Opinion Study. Br J Gen Pract 57:124-129. (IF 1,83)

Board memberships, honors etc

  • Since 2010 Vice president, German Society for Social Medicine and Prevention
  • Since 2010 Member of the Executive Committee, Bavarian Network for Research and Activities in Public Health