Research Group "Digital Global Health"

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Global Health Wahlfachtrack

Im Zentrum des Wahlfachtracks Global Health stehen das Verständnis für die globale Dimension von Gesundheitsproblemen und deren Ursachen, sowie das Erlernen relevanter Forschungsmethoden.


Adolescent Risk Profiles

Using machine learning approaches, we evaluate global datasets on adolescents to understand how risk profiles cluster in these populations.

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E-learning for medical education

The Blended Learning in Zambia collaborates with the Lewy Mwanawasa Medical University to implement innovations in e-learning with virtual patients, virtual reality and e-logbooks

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COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

Following a large digital cohort, we evaluate in an online randomized controlled trial the effectiveness of a short animated video towards COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

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Wearable devices for climate change and health research

To understand individual behaviours and their impact on health, we research how consumer-focused wearable devices can be used for climate change and health research in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Telemedicine in low- and middle-income countries during the COVID-19 pandemic: A scoping review

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The Impact of Wearable Technologies in Health Research: Scoping Review

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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.

  • Ongoing
Topic Project Name Degree sought
The Effect of a Short, Animated Story-based Video on COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: A Study Protocol for an Online Randomized Controlled Trial Online Cohorts: Vaccine Hesitancy Beleites, Ferdinand Dr. med.
Feasibility and Acceptance of measuring health data using consumer-grade wearable devices in the low-resource context of the Siaya HDSS, Kenya DFG RU CCH Koch, Mara Dr. med.
Sensor-based wearable devices for population-based climate change and health research in Burkina Faso, Africa DFG RU CCH Matzke, Ina Dr. med.
Novel direct health measurements using personal wearable devices in the low-resource context of Burkina Faso DFG RU CCH Huhn, Sophie Dr. med.
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.
  • Finished
Topic Project Name Degree Year
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. 2022
Risk profiles of school children in sub-Saharan Africa: A machine learning approach Adolescent Risk Profiles Yan, Elina M.Sc. 2022
What is the effectivness and usage of telemedicine platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries? MSc IH Mahmoud, Kareem M.Sc. 2021
Evaluation of the feasibility of an electronic logbook in the BSc Clinical Sciences program in Zambia BLiZ Schmidt, Jelena Maike B.Sc. 2020
Effectiveness of Head-Mounted Displays for Extended Reality in Medical Education within the Global Context: A Systematic Review MSc IH Lanfermann, Lucia M.Sc. 2019
Measures used to assess the effectiveness of asynchronous e-learning in medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review MSc IH Guzek, Dorota M.Sc. 2017

Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters: 

see on PubMed 

(last updated on 28th January, 2023)

30. 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: 

29. Barteit S, Colmar D, Nellis S, Thu M, Watterson J, Gouwanda D, Bärnighausen T, Su TT (2022). Developing Climate Change and Health Impact Monitoring through eHealth at the South East Asia Community Observatory and Health and Demographic Surveillance Site, Malaysia (CHIMES): A Mixed-Methods Study. JMIR Preprints. DOI: 

28. Barteit S, Sié A, Zabré P, Traoré I, Ouedraogo A, Boudo V, Munga S, Khagayi S, Obor D, Muok E, Franke J, Blass K, Su T, Bärnighausen T, Sankoh O, Sauerborn R (2022). Widening the lens of population-based health research to climate change impacts and adaptation: The Climate and Health Surveillance and Response System (CHES-RS). JMIR Preprints. DOI:

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: 

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: 

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:

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: 

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: 

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:

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:

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:

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: 

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:  

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: 

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: 

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:

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:

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: 

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:

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:

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: 

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: 

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: 

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: 

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: 

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: 

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: 

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: 

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: 

Global Health Wahlfachtrack

The elective track Global Health offers medical students a variety of modules that deal with important and current topics of global health. Medical students are thus given the opportunity to put together the Global Health elective from modules according to their own interests and thus set their own priorities.

The elective track Global Health offers medical students a variety of modules that deal with important and current topics of global health. Medical students are thus given the opportunity to put together the Global Health elective from modules according to their own interests and thus set their own priorities.


Talk on Massive Open Online Courses for Health Education in Low-Resource Contexts

Heidelberg Institute of Global Health Symposium 2022 - 25.06.

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Massive Open Online Course: Research Methods for the Study of Climate Change and Health

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