Prof Dr Dr Andrea Icks was born in Düsseldorf in 1965 and studied medicine at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU). She completed her doctoral degree at the Institute for Hygiene at HHU in 1992. In the same year, she completed her degree in public health, a subject in which she earned her doctoral degree in 2000 from Bielefeld University. In 2003, she then qualified as a professor of public health at Bielefeld University. She received her master’s degree in business administration in 2011 from the University of Wales.
In 2010, Andrea Icks accepted the W2 professorship for public health at the Centre for Health and Society (chs) of the Faculty of Medicine at HHU. As a W3 professor, she has been head of the Institute of Health Services Research and Health Economics at the chs since 2016, and head of the institute with the same name at the German Diabetes Center Düsseldorf (DDZ) since 2017. Her research interests focus on health services research and health economic evaluation in the field of metabolic disorders and cardiovascular diseases. Andrea Icks participates in numerous national and international research projects.
At HHU, Andrea Icks is, among other things, deputy spokesperson of the chs and deputy faculty representative of the master's programme in public health. Until 2020, she had been a member of the senate.
Andrea Icks was and is also active in several scientific committees and boards: she was a member of the OECD Expert Group Economics of Prevention, she is the chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Diabetes Surveillance of the Robert Koch Institute, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Trustees for Home Dialysis. She also mentored various programmes for early career research scientists.