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Dr. Sandra Barteit, M.Sc., M.A.

Research Group Leader Digital Global Health
Carl Zeiss Stiftung NEXUS Research Group PULSE-AI

Coordinator Elective Track Global Health (Wahlfachtrack Global Health)

Sandra Barteit holds a Master of Science in Analytics (Computational Data Analytics), a Master of Arts in Computational Linguistics, and a doctorate (Dr.sc.hum.) from the Institute of Global Health at Heidelberg University. Her dissertation comprised of a mixed-methods evaluation of a Zambian e-learning medical intervention, which was part of a larger effort to improve medical education in Zambia through digital technologies, and Dr Barteit leads as the principal investigator: the Blended Learning in Zambia (BLiZ) project, which is a partnership between the largest medical university in Zambia and an international organization (Levy Mwanawasa Medical University). Her primary area of interest is digital global health, specifically how to best use technology to improve global health, particularly Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques. She leads the project Development and Analysis of Population Health Cohorts in Burkina Faso and Kenya, which focuses on wearable research for population health surveillance in order to better understand the effects of climate change on human health. In addition, she coordinates the Global Health elective track at the medical faculty, as well as other projects, such as a large randomized control trial involving online cohorts to better understand vaccine hesitancy, and investigates adolescent health risk profiles using clustering algorithms to better understand risk groups in order to shape better interventions. Dr. Sandra Barteit has been awarded the Carl Zeiss Stiftung NEXUS funding of 1.5 Million Euro to concentrate her research on the application of AI and digital technologies to improve global health, especially in the context of climate change. The research group was established in October 2023 and has a projected timeline of five years.


Doctor scientiarum humanum (Dr. sc. hum) at Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University, Germany

since 2023: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at HEC Paris, France

since 2022: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, England

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Analytics at The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Magister Artium (M.A.) in Computational Linguistics, Heidelberg University, Germany


Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters: 

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(last updated on 17 January, 2024)

40. Bunker A, Compoaré G, Sewe MO, Laurent JGC, Zabré P, Boudo V, Ouédraogo WA, Ouermi L, Jackson ST, Arisco N, Vijayakumar G, Yildirim FB, Barteit S, Maggioni MA, Woodward A, Buonocore JJ, Regassa MD, Brück T, Sié A, Bärnighausen T (2024). The effects of cool roofs on health, environmental, and economic outcomes in rural Africa: study protocol for a community-based cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials, Volume 25, Issue 29. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-023-07804-0 

39. Beleites F, Adam M, Favaretti C, Hachaturyan V, Kühn T, Bärnighausen T, Barteit S (2023). Evaluating the impact of short animated videos on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: An online randomized controlled trial. Internet Interventions, 100694. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2023.100694 

38. Mensah GA, Fuster V, …  Barteit S …  Murray CJ.L.,  Roth GA (2023). Global Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases and Risks, 1990-2022. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Volume 82, Issue 25. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2023.11.007 

37. Barteit S, Colmar D, Nellis S, Thu M, Watterson J, Gouwanda D, Bärnighausen T, Su TT (2023). Developing Climate Change and Health Impact Monitoring through eHealth at the South East Asia Community Observatory and Health and Demographic Surveillance Site, Malaysia (CHIMES). Front Public Health 2023; 11. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2023.1153149

36. Matzke I, Huhn S, Koch M, Maggioni M, Munga S, Muma J, Odhiambo CO, Kwaro D, Obor D, Bärnighausen T, Dambach P, Barteit S (2023). Heat Exposure and Health Outcomes: An Observational Study using Wearable Devices in Rural Populations in Western Kenya. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2196/46980  

35. Koch M, Matzke I, Huhn S, Sié A, Boudo V, Compaoré G, Maggioni M, Bunker A, Bärnighausen T, Dambach P, Barteit S (2023). Assessing the Effect of Extreme Weather on Population Health Using Consumer-Grade Wearables in Rural Burkina Faso: Observational Panel Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2023;11:e46980. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2196/46980

34. Boutros P, Kassem N, Nieder J, Jaramillo C, von Petersdorff J, Walsh FJ, Bärnighausen T, Barteit S (2023). Education and Training Adaptations for Health Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Scoping Review of Lessons Learned and Innovations. Healthcare. 2023; 11(21):2902. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11212902 

33. Golec M, Kamdar M, Barteit S (2023). Comprehensive Ontology of Fibroproliferative Diseases: Protocol for a Semantic Technology Study. JMIR Res Protoc 2023;12:e48645. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2196/48645 

32. Müller C, Ouedraogo WA, Schwarz M, Barteit S, Sauerborn R (2023). The effects of climate change-induced flooding on harvest failure in Burkina Faso: Case study. Front Public Health. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2023.1166913

31. GBD 2019 Adolescent Communicable Disease Collaborators (co-author) (2023). The unfinished agenda of communicable diseases among children and adolescents before the COVID-19 pandemic, 1990-2019: a systematic analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. The Lancet. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(23)00860-7 

30. Horst R, Witsch LM, Hazunga R, Namuziya N, Syakantu G, Ahmed Y, Cherkaoui O, Andreadis P, Neuhann F, Barteit S (2023). Evaluating the Effectiveness of Interactive Virtual Patients for Medical Education in Zambia: Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Med Educ. 2023 Apr 20. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2196/43699 

29. Barteit S, Sié A, Zabré P, Traoré I, Ouédraogo WA, Boudo V, Munga S, Khagayi S, Obor D, Muok E, Franke J, Schwarz M, Blass K, Su TT, Bärnighausen T, Sankoh O, Sauerborn R (2023). Widening the lens of population-based health research to climate change impacts and adaptation: the climate change and health evaluation and response system (CHEERS). Front Public Health. 2023 May 25;11:1153559. DOI: https://doi.org./10.3389/fpubh.2023.1153559. PMID: 37304117; PMCID: PMC10248881

28. Schwarz M, Ouédraogo WA, Traoré I, Müller C, Sié A, Barteit S, Mank I, Siegert F, Sauerborn R, Franke J (2023). Satellite-based multi-annual yield models for major food crops at the household field level for nutrition and health research: A case study from the Nouna HDSS, Burkina Faso. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2023.103203 

27. Barteit S, Schmidt J, Kakusa M, Syakantu G, Shanzi A, Ahmed Y, Malunga G, Blass K, Nieder J, Andreadis P, Neuhann F (2022). Electronic logbooks (e-logbooks) for the continuous assessmet of medical licentiates and their medical skill development in the low-resource context of Zambia: A mixed-methods study. Frontiers in Medicine (Sec. Healthcare Professions Education). DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmed.2022.943971 

26. Ciecierski-Holmes T, Singh R, Axt M, Brenner S, Barteit S (2022). Artificial intelligence for strengthening healthcare systems in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic scoping review. npj Digital Medicine. 5, 162. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41746-022-00700-y 

25. Bischops A, Radev S, Köthe U, Chen S, Geldsetzer P, Sarker M, Su T, Fawzia AM, Noorali D, Noor AA, Sidi AOB, Bärnighausen T, Barteit S (2022). Data Resource Profile: The Global School-Based Student Health Survey - behavioural risk and protective factors among adolescents. International Journal of Epidemiology, 2022. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyac208

24. Huhn S, Matzke I, Koch M, Gunga HC, Maggioni MA, Sié A, Boudo V, Ouedraogo WA, Compaoré G, Bunker A, Sauerborn R, Bärnighausen T, Barteit S (2022). Using wearable devices to generate real world, individual-level data in rural, low-resource contexts in Burkina Faso, Africa. Front. Public Health. 972177. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.972177 

23. Barteit S, Hachaturyan V, Beleites F, Kühn T, Favaretti C, Adam M, Bärnighausen T (2022). The effect of a short, animated story-based video on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: A study protocol for an online randomized controlled trial. Front. Public Health. 10:939227. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.939227 

22. Golec M, Lemieszek MK, Dutkiewicz J, Milanowski J, Barteit S (2022). A Scoping Analysis of Cathelicidin in Response to Organic Dust Exposure and Related Chronic Lung Illnesses. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2022, 23, 8847. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms23168847

21. Koch M, Matzke I, Huhn S, Gunga HC, Maggioni MA, Munga S, Obor D, Sié A, Boudo V, Bunker A, Dambach P, Bärnighausen T, Barteit S (2022). Wearables for measuring health effects of climate change-induced weather extremes: A scoping review. JMIR mHealth and uHealth. Vol. 10, Issue 9, p.1. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/39532

20. Nieder J, Schwerdtle P, Sauerborn R, Barteit S (2022). Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for health worker education in low-and middle-income countries: A scoping review. Front. Public Health - Public Health Education and Promotion. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.891987

19. Mahmoud K, Jaramillo C, Barteit S (2022). Telemedicine in low- and middle-income countries during the COVID-19 pandemic: A scoping review. Front. Public Health - Digital Public Health. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.914423 

18. Armocida, B., Monasta, L., Sawyer, S., Bustreo, F., Segafredo, G., Castelpietra, G., ... Barteit S ... & Panda-Jonas, S. (2022). Burden of non-communicable diseases among adolescents aged 10–24 years in the EU, 1990–2019: a systematic analysis of the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2019. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(22)00073-6  

17. Schnieders E, Röhr F, Mbewe M, Shanzi A, Berner-Rodoreda A, Barteit S, Louis V, Andreadis P, Syakantu G, Neuhann F (2022). Real-life Evaluation of an Interactive Versus Noninteractive e-Learning Module on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease for Medical Licentiate Students in Zambia: Web-Based, Mixed Methods Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Med Educ 2022;8(1):e34751. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2196/34751 

16. Huhn S, Axt M, Gunga HC, Maggioni MA, Munga S, Obor D, Sié A, Boudo V, Bunker A, Sauerborn R, Bärnighausen T, Barteit S (2022). The Impact of Wearable Technologies in Health Research: Scoping Review. JMIR mHealth uHealth 2022;10(1):e34384. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2196/34384 

15. 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 (2021). 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

14. 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

13. 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 

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

11. Barteit S, Sié A, Yé M, Depoux A, Louis VR, 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

10. Barteit S, Jahn A, Banda S, Bärnighausen T, Bowa A, Chileshe G, Guzek D, Jorge MM, Lüders S, Malunga G, 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 

9. Barteit S, Neuhann F, Bärnighausen T, Bowa A, Lüders S, Malunga G, Chileshe G, Marimo C, 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 

8. Barteit S, Bowa A, Jahn A, Lüders S, Malunga G, Marimo C, Wolter S, Neuhann F (2018). How Self-Directed e-Learning Contributes to Training for Medical Licentiate Practitioners in Zambia: Evaluation of the Pilot Phase of a Mixed-Methods Study. JMIR Medical Education; 4(2):e10222. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2196/10222 

7. Barteit S, Sié A, Yé 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.

6. Barteit S, Depoux A, Sié A, Yé M, Sauerborn R. (2018). Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Climate Change and Health: Teaching a Global Audience. 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 

5. 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 

4. 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 

3. 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 

2. 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 

1. 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

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