• Abschlussarbeit Bachelor/Master
  • Mannheim

Website Mannheimer Institut für Public Health, Sozial- und Präventivmedizin, Medizinische Fakultät Mannheim der Universität Heidelberg

Mannheim Institute of Public Health, Social and Preventive Med.

Call – Master Thesis
We are currently seeking a student to undertake a master thesis within the project
Active transport in childhood and adolescence as a way to increase
physical activity – a comparative cross-national study

Many short-distance journeys in childhood and adolescence are covered by motorized
transport such as cars or motorcycles. Substituting motorized transport by active transport
(e.g., walking, cycling) and thus lifting physical activity “in reserve” is a promising leverage
for health promotion in this age group.
To date, there is only limited evidence on the share of active transport and the amount of
physical activity “in reserve” on short-distance journeys across industrialized countries. To
support the development of effective interventions, studies on correlates of physical
activity “in reserve” are moreover needed.

Study aims
The aims of the study are
1) to investigate the share of active transport on short-distance journeys, i.e. journeys < 3
km, across several industrialized countries,
2) to assess the physical activity “in reserve”, i.e. the amount of physical activity that could
be generated by substituting motorized transport by active transport, on short-distance
journeys and
3) to identify associations between the physical activity “in reserve” and potential
correlates (e.g., age, gender, net equivalence income, distance to next stop of public
transport) across several industrialized countries.

All analyses will be based on nationally representative travel surveys from different
industrialized countries (e.g., Austria, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, USA).
Appropriate descriptive and inferential statistical techniques will be used to answer the
research questions (e.g., regression modelling). The analyses across all datasets will be
conducted in a unified framework, i.e. using comparable statistical approaches and
variable operationalizations. This will facilitate cross-country comparisons and enhance the
interpretability of our findings.
The master student will work in close collaboration with the principal investigator of the
study and will analyse 1 (potentially 2) national travel surveys to support the overall
research efforts in this extended project. The specific research question to be addressed in
the thesis will depend on the selected dataset(s) and will be decided together with the
master student.

We offer
a master thesis in an ongoing research project at the frontier of child public health
advanced training in quantitative research skills
regular progress meetings
co-authorship of a peer-reviewed publication

enrollment in a master program with quantitative teaching components (e.g.,
epidemiology, public health, sociology)
prior experience in statistical computing (e.g., Stata, R)
prior experience in systematic literature searches
interest in child public health

For further information on the call please do not hesitate to contact Michael
Eichinger, Mannheim Institute of Public Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg
University, Email:, Phone: 0049 621 383
71837. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, a CV and transcripts of
undergraduate and graduate studies to


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