Dr. Werner Maier

Phone: +49 89 3187-4198 (departmental office)
Building/Room: 96/10

University education

  • Doctoral Degree in Human Biology (Dr. rer. biol. hum.) at the Faculty of Medicine of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (LMU München)
  • EMPH - European Master of Public Health – ASPHER (Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region) and LMU München (EMPH Network)
  • M.P.H., postgrad. – Studies of public health and epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine of the LMU München
  • Diplom-Geograph (Univ.) - Study of geography (economic and social geography, regional studies and planning, landscape ecology) at LMU München

Research fields and interests

  • Area deprivation and deprivation indices ('German Index of Multiple Deprivation' and regional versions for Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Wuerttemberg)
  • Diabetes mellitus: Social and regional disparities in prevalence and health care
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) in epidemiology and healthcare research
  • Neighbourhood and health
  • Environmental justice

Current research projects

  • Deutsches Zentrum für Diabetesforschung (DZD): „Association between area-level deprivation and diabetes care and clinical outcomes in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes from Germany” (DZD Grant 2017)
  • Robert Koch Institute: „Einbeziehung von Informationen zur adipogenen Umwelt aus Google Maps in die Surveillance von Diabetesrisikofaktoren“ [Feasibility study for incorporating Google-based geographical information on obesogenic environments into diabetes risk factor surveillance]


  • Member of the Medical Geography working group (Arbeitskreis Medizinische Geographie) in the German Society for Geography (DGfG)
  • Member of the German Society for Epidemiology (DGEpi) e. V.

Academic activities

  • Research visit at Staffordshire University, UK
  • Establishment of the working group Health Geography at the German Society for Epidemiology and Spokesman for the working group Health Geography (in cooperation with Dr. Daniela Koller, LMU München)
  • Teaching at the CIH - Center for International Health (PhD programme Medical Research-International Health) and at the IBE - Institute for Medical Information Processing Biometrics and Epidemiology (MSc Epidemiology programme), LMU München

Selected publications:

(An extensive list of publications can be found here)

  • Maier W: Indizes Multipler Deprivation zur Analyse regionaler Gesundheitsheitsunterschiede in Deutschland: Erfahrungen aus Epidemiologie und Versorgungsforschung. [Indices of Multiple Deprivation for the analysis of regional health disparities in Germany : Experiences from epidemiology and healthcare research]. Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz, 60(12), 1403-1412 (2017)
  • Mehring M, Donnachie E, Schneider A, Tauscher M, Gerlach R, Storr C, Linde K, Mielck A, Maier W: Impact of regional socioeconomic variation on coordination and cost of ambulatory care: investigation of claims data from Bavaria, Germany. BMJ Open 7(10), e016218 (2017)
  • Fairburn J, Maier W, Braubach M: Incorporating Environmental Justice into Second Generation Indices of Multiple Deprivation: Lessons from the UK and Progress Internationally. 13(8). Int J Environ Res Public Health, pii: E750. doi: 10.3390/ijerph13080750 (2016)
  • Bauer J, Müller P, Maier W, Groneberg DA: Orthopedic workforce planning in Germany - an analysis of orthopedic accessibility. PLoS One 12(2), e0171747 (2017)
  • Bozorgmehr K, Razum O, Szecsenyi J, Maier W, Stock C: Regional deprivation is associated with the distribution of vulnerable asylum-seekers: a nation-wide small-area analysis in Germany. J Epidemiol Community Health 71(9), 857-862. doi: 10.1136/jech-2016-208506 (2017)
  • Maier W, Scheidt-Nave C, Holle R., Kroll LE, Lampert T, Du Y, Heidemann C, Mielck A: Area Level Deprivation Is an Independent Determinant of Prevalent Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity at the National Level in Germany. Results from the National Telephone Health Interview Surveys 'German Health Update' GEDA 2009 and 2010. PloS one 9, e89661 (2014)
  • Maier W, Holle R, Hunger M, Peters A, Meisinger C, Greiser KH, Kluttig A, Völzke H, Schipf S, Moebus S, Bokhof B, Berger K, Mueller G, Rathmann W, Tamayo T, Mielck A, DIAB-CORE Consortium: The impact of regional deprivation and individual socio-economic status on the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in Germany. A pooled analysis of five population-based studies. Diabet Med 30, e78-86 (2013)
  • Maier W, Fairburn J, Mielck A: Regionale Deprivation und Mortalität in Bayern. Entwicklung eines ,Index Multipler Deprivation’ auf Gemeindeebene. [Regional Deprivation and Mortality in Bavaria. Development of a Community-Based Index of Multiple Deprivation]. Gesundheitswesen 74, 416-425 (2012)