Martina Merten works as a freelance journalist in Berlin, Germany, focusing on health issues. From 2005 until 2009 she worked as a social and health editor for the German Medical Journal. Her work has appeared in various trade and consumer publications (The Financial Times Germany, The Asia Pacific Times etc.). She has reported from the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Asia (China, Philippines, Vietnam, India) and from the U.S. She has also been the recipient of several research fellowships.
In 2009, she assisted in the translation and editing of a book series "The International Network Health Policy and Reform," published by the Bertelsmann Foundation, Gütersloh. Merten also works as a healthcare expert for the German International Cooperation (GIZ). She is an instructor with ACFJ teaching in the MJ program (health journalism), and since autumn 2012 she also been a lecturer for International Healthcare Management at the University of Applied Sciences, Idstein.
Merten holds a masters degree in political science, constitutional, social and economic history and in public international law from Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Bonn.