Norbert Schwarz is a senior epidemiologist at the Infectious Diseases Epidemiology Unit of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany. In cooperation with the African Field Epidemiology Network, AFENET, he is coordinating the African Programme for Advanced Research Epidemiology Training, APARET (aparet.org), with 9 partners from Africa, 3 from Europe and 1 from the United States.
His scientific interests are in the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases. Apart from APARET, he is involved in the bilateral cooperation between his Institute and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research, KCCR, Ghana. Since 2010 he has started epidemiological research cooperation with the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar.
He has a medical degree of the University of Heidelberg and a Master of Science in Epidemiology of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. From 2002-2005 he worked 3 years in Lambaréné/ Gabon leading the field work for a study on intermittent presumptive treatment in infants (IPTI) against malaria. Before joining the Bernhard Nocht Institute in September 2008, he was working at the Institut de Veille Sanitaire, Paris, France as a fellow of the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training, EPIET.