Dr. Yusheng Zhou


Telefon:   +49 (0)511 532 -  8076
Telefax:   +49 (0)511 532 -  5376
E-Mail:     Zhou.Yusheng@mh-hannover.de


Research areas

  • Overweight prevention
  • Adolescent health
  • Health Geography



  • Ph.D. in Public Health, Hannover Medical School, March 2022. Thesis on ‘Determinants of body weight status in pre-school children with a focus on the built environment and social factors: results of population-based data analysis’
  • M.Sc. in Public Health, University of Queensland, July 2015.


About me

I have a passion for health promotion and disease prevention, especially through population-based research and this inspired my interest in pursuing a career in Public Health. The focus of my PhD project lies on place as a pivotal driver of weight gain. More specifically, it studies the relation between childhood overweight and characteristics of the built environment that foster or hinder physical activity in schoolchildren following a mixed-methods research paradigm. By analysing a large cohort school entry examination dataset, my research attempts to disentangle the plethora of intertwined drivers of this epidemic from a health geographical perspective.

This project falls into my wider interest in the relation between multiple social determinants and disease, which provides evidence for potential policy making. Prior research included the study of the relation between migration background and overweight in German children, and the dietary priorities to reduce the obesity for Chinese adults.


Publications (selected, most recent)

Zhou Y, von Lengerke T, Dreier M, (2021). Comparing different data sources by examining the associations between surrounding greenspace and children's weight status. International Journal of Health Geographics, 20(1). https://ij-healthgeographics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12942-021-00278-w

Zhou Y, Buck C, Maier W, von Lengerke T, Walter U, Dreier M, (2020). Built Environment and Childhood Weight Status: A Multi-Level Study Using Population-Based Data in the City of Hannover, Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(8), p.2694. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/8/2694

Zhou Y, Walter U, Dreier M, (2019). Migration background and overweight prevalence in preschool children. Public Health Forum, 27(4), pp.287-290. https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/pubhef-2019-0081/html

Zhou Y, von Lengerke T, Walter U, Dreier M, (2018). Migration background and childhood overweight in the Hannover Region in 2010–2014: a population-based secondary data analysis of school entry examinations. European Journal of Pediatrics, 177(5), pp.753-763. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00431-018-3118-x