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Digital Global Health

The World Health Organization describes digital health as "the use of digital, mobile and wireless technologies to support the achievement of health objectives. Digital health describes the general use of information and communications technologies (ICT) for health and is inclusive of both, mHealth and eHealth" (see WHO guideline Recommendations on Digital Interventions for Health System Strengthening for more information).

Digital Health opens new possibilities and opportunities for Global Health and is a driver to attain the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

The working group Digital Global Health researches how digital technologies strengthen medical education and health systems. In particular, the working group focuses on digital interventions, digital epidemiology, digital health to strengthen health systems, and big data (collection, storage, analysis).

Current projects incorporate the digital technologies of wearable devices (consumer-grade devices), telemedicine, e-learning/blended learning, MOOCs, digitization of data collection (i.e. tablet-based data collection), virtual reality devices.

Topic Project Name Degree sought
Challenges and Benefits of Implementing E-Learning and Blended Learning Methods in Medical Curricula in Low- and Middle-Income Contexts MSc IH Elhassan, Lamees M.Sc.
Novel health measurements using consumer wearables DFG RU CCH Huhn, Sophie Dr. med.
What is the effectivness and usage of telemedicine platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries? MSc IH Mahmoud, Kareem M.Sc.
Evaluation of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on "Research Methods for the Study of Health and Climate Change" DFG RU CCH Nieder, Jessica Dr. sc. hum.


Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters: 

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(last updated on 1st Oct, 2021)

Barteit S, Boudo V, Ouedraogo A, Zabré P, Ouremi L, Sié A, Munga S, Obor D, Kwaro D, Huhn S, Bunker A, Sauerborn R, Gunga H-C, Maggioni MA, Bärnighausen T. Feasibility, acceptability and validation of wearable devices for climate change and health research in the low-resource contexts of Burkina Faso and Kenya: Study protocol. PLOS ONE. 2021 Sep 30;16(9):e0257170. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0257170

Barteit S, Lanfermann L, Bärnighausen T, Neuhann F, Beiersmann C (2021). Augmented, Mixed, and Virtual Reality-Based Head-Mounted Devices for Medical Education: Systematic Review. JMIR Serious Games; 2021;9(3):e29080. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2196/29080

Barteit S, Guzek D, Jahn A, Bärnighausen T, Jorge MM, Neuhann F (2020). Evaluation of e-learning for medical education in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review. Computers & Education; 145. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2019.103726 

Barteit S, Neuhann F, Bärnighausen T, Bowa A, Wolter S, Siabwanta H and Jahn A (2019). A Mobile Electronic Platform in the Low-Resource Context of Zambia for Nonphysician Clinical Students: Study on Technology Acceptance and Information System Success. Journal of Medical Internet Research; e14748. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2196/14748

Barteit S, Sié A, Yé M, Depoux A, Louis VR and Sauerborn R (2019). Lessons learned on teaching a global audience with massive open online courses (MOOCs) on health impacts of climate change: a commentary. BMC Globalization and Health; 15(52). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12992-019-0494-6

Barteit S, Jahn A, Banda S, Bärnighausen T, Bowa A, Chileshe G, Guzek D, Jorge M, Luders S, Malunga G and Neuhann F (2019). E-Learning for Medical Education in Sub-Saharan Africa and Low-Resource Settings: Viewpoint. Journal of Medical Internet Research21(1): e12449. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2196/12449 

Barteit S, Neuhann F, Bärnighausen T, Bowa A, Luders S, Malunga G, Chileshe G, Marimo C and Jahn A (2019). Perspectives of Nonphysician Clinical Students and Medical Lecturers on Tablet-Based Health Care Practice Support for Medical Education in Zambia, Africa: Qualitative Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth7(4): e13431. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2196/13431 

Barteit S, Bowa A, Jahn A, Lüders S, Malunga G, Marimo C, Wolter S, Neuhann F (2018). How self-directed e-learning contributes to medical graduate training for Medical Licentiates Practitioners in Zambia, Africa - evaluation of the pilot phase: a mixed-methods study. JMIR Medical Education; 4(2):e10222. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2196/10222 

Barteit S, Sie A, Ye M, Depoux A, Sauerborn R (2018). Climate Change and Health as Massive Open Online Courses. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. 2018;247:416-20. Epub 2018/04/22. PubMed PMID: 29677994.

Barteit S, Ye M, Sie A, Depoux A, Sauerborn R. (2018). Reaching the world: teaching climate change and health as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). In: Azeitero UM, Leal Filho W, Aires L, eds. Distance Learning, Climate Literacy and Innovations in Climate Change Education. New York and Heidelberg: Springer. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70199-8_10 

Sorgho R, Jonas F, Simboro S, Barteit S, Sauerborn R (2018). Utilizing Remote Sensing at a Subsistence Farming Level to Explore Child Undernutrition in the Context of Climate Change. In: Kallel A, Ksibi M, Ben Dhia H, Khélifi N, eds. Recent Advances in Environmental Science from the Euro-Mediterranean and Surrounding Regions: Proceedings of Euro-Mediterranean Conference for Environmental Integration (EMCEI-1), Tunisia 2017. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2018: 1725-8. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70548-4_502 

Barteit, S., A. Bowa, S. Lüders, C. Marimo, Y. Phiri, S. Wolter and F. Neuhann (2017). Implementation of Mobile Medical E-Learning for Higher Medical Education in Zambia – a Zambian-German-Swiss cooperation. Tropical Medicine & International Health22(S1): 115-345. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-852-5-416 

Neuhann, F. and S. Barteit (2017). Lessons learnt from the MAGNET Malawian-German HospitalPartnership: the German perspective on contributions to patient care and capacity development. BMC Globalization and Health; 13(1):50. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12992-017-0270-4 

Sorgho R, Franke J, Simboro S, Barteit S, Phalkey R, Sauerborn R. (2017). Linking weather data, satellite imagery and field observations to household food production and child undernutrition: An exploratory study in Burkina Faso. Universal Journal of Public Health; 5(5):256-270. DOI: https://doi.org/10.13189/ujph.2017.050508 

Barteit, S., P. Hoepffner, S. Huwendiek, A. Karamagi, C. Munthali, A. Theurer and F. Neuhann (2015). Self-directed e-learning at a tertiary hospital in Malawi–A qualitative Evaluation and Lessons learnt. GMS Zeitschrift für medizinische Ausbildung; 32(1):Doc7. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3205/zma000949 

  • Latest Publication

    Feasibility, acceptability and validation of wearable devices for climate change and health research in the low-resource contexts of Burkina Faso and Kenya: Study protocol

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