Prof. Dr. Sabina Ulbricht, MPH


Prof. Dr. Sabina Ulbricht, MPH

University Medicine Greifswald
Institute for Community Medicine
Department Social Medicine and Prevention

Email: sabina.ulbricht(at)


Research areas: modifiable cardiovascular risk factors, brief interventions, health inequalities

Sabina Ulbricht is DZHK Professor for behavioral prevention of cardiovascular diseases at the University Medicine Greifswald.

Research focus

Sabina Ulbricht's research agenda focuses on three main areas: 1) the development of theory-based behavior change interventions, 2) testing of strategies and settings to improve the outreach of socioeconomically deprived population groups for prevention, and 3) understanding the mechanisms and reasons involved in socioeconomic health inequalities.

Related to theory-based intervention studies (1), she is running technology-based intervention studies aiming to increase physical activity and to reduce sedentary time. In (2) she is investigating how different socioeconomic factors affect the involvement of individuals in cardiovascular prevention measures. One key finding in one of her last studies was that individuals reached for a cardio-preventive examination via job centers showed a more adverse risk factor profile towards smoking and body-mass index compared to those reached in the general practices.

In an ongoing project, she is investigating the amount and intensity of physical activity in different parts of pregnancy. A focus of this study is on how study-related information should be delivered to the target group to reach especially women with lower socioeconomic status.


Sport als Medizin

Die Prävention wurde in der kardiovaskulären Forschung lange Zeit vernachlässigt. DZHK-Wissenschaftler wollen das ändern. Prävention soll stärker auf den einzelnen zugeschnitten werden. Und es gilt, Menschen, die aktiv sein wollen, möglichst lange darin zu bestärken. Weiterlesen

Key publications

Baumann S, Guertler D, Weymar F, Bahls M, Dörr M, van den Berg N, John U, Ulbricht S. Do accelerometer-based physical activity patterns differentially affect cardiorespiratory fitness? A growth mixture modeling approach. J Behav Med. 2019 Jun 12.

Guertler D, Moehring A, Krause K, Eck S, Batra A, Chenot JF, Freyer-Adam J, Ulbricht S, Rumpf HJ, Bischof G, John U, Meyer C. Proactive multipurpose health risk screening in health care settings: Methods, design, and reach. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 2019 Mar;28(1):e1760.

Voigt L, Ullrich A, Siewert-Markus U, Dörr M, John U, Ulbricht S. Visualization of Intensity Levels to Reduce the Gap Between Self-Reported and Directly Measured Physical Activity. J Vis Exp. 2019 Mar 7; (145).

Ullrich A, Baumann S, Voigt L, John U, van den Berg N, Dörr M, Ulbricht S. Patterns of accelerometer-based sedentary behavior and their association with cardiorespiratory fitness in adults. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2018 Dec;28(12):2702-2709.

Ulbricht S, Gross S, Brammen E, Weymar F, John U, Meyer C, Dörr M. Effect of blood pressure and total cholesterol measurement on risk prediction using the Systematic COronary Risk Evaluation (SCORE). BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2018 May 4;18(1):84

Ullrich A, Voigt L, Baumann S, Weymar F, John U, Dörr M, Ulbricht S. A cross-sectional analysis of the associations between leisure-time sedentary behaviors and clustered cardiometabolic risk. BMC Public Health. 2018 Mar 6;18(1):327.

Baumann S, Groß S, Voigt L, Ullrich A, Weymar F, Schwaneberg T, Dörr M, Meyer C, John U, Ulbricht S. Pitfalls in accelerometer-based measurement of physical activity: The presence of reactivity in an adult population. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2018 Mar; 28(3):1056-1063.

Voigt L, Baumann S, Ullrich A, Weymar F, John U, Ulbricht S. The effect of mere measurement from a cardiovascular examination program on physical activity and sedentary time in an adult population. BMC Sports Sci Med Rehabil. 2018 Jan 23;10:1.

Guertler D, Meyer C, Dörr M, Braatz J, Weymar F, John U, Freyer-Adam J, Ulbricht S. Reach of Individuals at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease by Proactive Recruitment Strategies in General Practices, Job Centers, and Health Insurance. Int J Behav Med. 2017 Feb;24(1):153-160.

Ulbricht S, Groß S, Mmeyer C, Hannöver W, Nauck M, John U. Reducing tobacco smoke exposure in children aged below 4 years - a randomized controlled trial. Prev Med. 2014 Dec;69:208-13