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Dr. med. Alina Herrmann

Post-Doc, Research Group Leader Climate-smart Health Systems

Alina Herrmann is a medical doctor and public health researcher, who is particularly interested in the role of health professionals in climate -resilient and low carbon health systems. She is working with both, qualitative and quantitative methods and is active in teaching and continued medical education to advance the transformation towards sustainable health systems.


Since 2023Research Group Leader, Working Group Climate-smart Health Systems, Heidelberg Institute for Global Health (HIGH)
Since 2022Co-Head of Research, Institute of General Medicine, University Hospital of Cologne
Since 2020Master Student in Epidemiology (Long Distance), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Since 2020Researcher Heidelberg Institute for Global Health (HIGH), University Hospital Heidelberg
2017→2019Resident at the Department of Internal Medicine, SRH Kurpfalzkrankenhaus Heidelberg
2016→2017Researcher at Institute of Global Health Heidelberg, University Hospital Heidelberg
2014Internship at World Health Organization (WHO), European Center forEnvironment and Health in Bonn, Germany
2013→2017Doctoral Thesis on "General practitioners’ role in preventing heat health impacts in the elderly in Baden-Württemberg, Germany” (Scholarship Holder of Klaus-Tschira-Foundation at the Network Aging Research Heidelberg)
2008→2015Medical Studies at Medical Faculty of Heidelberg University (Scholarship Holder of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.)


10 selected publications:

  1. Griesel S, Schwerdtle PN, Quitmann C, Danquah I, Herrmann A. Patients’ Perceptions of Climate-sensitive health Counselling – a qualitative study in Germany. EJGP 2023
  2. Kastaun S, Herrmann A, Müller BS, Klosterhalfen S, Hoffmann B, Wilm S, et al. Are people interested in receiving advice from their general practitioner on how to protect their health during heatwaves? A survey of the German population. BMJ open. 2023;13(9):e076236.
  3. Quitmann C, Griesel S, Schwerdtle PN, Danquah I, Herrmann A. Climate-sensitive health counselling: a scoping review and conceptual framework. The Lancet Planetary Health. 2023 Jul 1;7(7):e600-10.
  4. Rybol L, Nieder J, Amelung D, Hachad H, Sauerborn R, Depoux A, Herrmann A. Integrating climate change and health topics into the medical curriculum–a quantitative needs assessment of medical students at Heidelberg University in Germany. GMS Journal for Medical Education. 2023 May 1;40(3).
  5. Quitmann C, Danquah I, Sauerborn R, Herrmann A. (2023) ‘Climate change mitigation is a hot topic, but not when it comes to hospitals’ – A qualitative study on hospital stakeholders' perception and sense of responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions. BMJ Journal of Medical Ethics, 49(3), 204-210.
  6. Herrmann A, Lenzer B, Müller BS, Danquah I, Nadeau KC, Muche-Borowski C, & Traidl-Hoffmann C. (2022). Integrating planetary health into clinical guidelines to sustainably transform health care. The Lancet Planetary Health, 6(3), e184-e185. 
  7. Herrmann A, Sauerborn R, Nilsson M. The Role of Health in Households' Balancing Act for Lifestyles Compatible with the Paris Agreement-Qualitative Results from Mannheim, Germany. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2020; 17(4):1297. doi:10.3390/ijerph17041297
  8. Herrmann A, Haefeli WE, Rapp K, Roigk P, Lindemann U, Becker C: CME zertifizierte Fortbildung – Epidemiologie und Prävention hitzebedingter Gesundheitsschäden älterer Menschen. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie 2019. 10.1007/s00391-019-01594-4
  9. Amelung D, Fischer H, Herrmann A, Aall C, Louis VR, Becher H, Wilkinson P, Sauerborn R. Human health as a motivator for climate change mitigation: results from four European high-income countries. Global Environmental Change. 2019 Jul 1;57:101918.
  10. Herrmann, A., Sauerborn, R.: General Practitioners' Perceptions of Heat Health Impacts on the Elderly in the Face of Climate Change-A Qualitative Study in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. International journal of environmental research and public health 2018, 15(5).