Students

Philip Kitchen
Associate member since 2018

Growing up in Zambia I was exposed to the inequalities and challenges which the population of a low-income country has to face. As a medical student I was minded to follow my interest in the field of global health. Through various lectures and courses at the Institute of Global Health I was able to deepen my knowledge in this field and got the opportunity to write my doctoral thesis about HIV testing in Eswatini. Specifically I’ll be looking into factors that helped or hindered the broad expansion of HIV testing in this country and if their success can be replicated in other sub-Saharan countries suffering under the HIV epidemic.

Project title:
Expansion of HIV Testing in Eswatini, Factors Underpinning Success

Supervisor:
Prof. Dr. Dr. Till Bärnighausen

Institutional affiliation:
Heidelberg Institute of Global Health


Etienne Lacroze
Associate member since 2018

Etienne Lacroze grew up in Frankfurt am Main, studied at the Charité Berlin and at Sorbonne Paris Cité and is now completing his practical year in Madagascar and Kenya. During his first stay on a training mission in the southern Madagascar, Etienne experienced the catastrophic effects of a non-existent health insurance and inadequate health policy. Since 2018 he has been a member of the board of the NGO "Doctors for Madagascar", which is currently implementing a Mobile Health Wallet in Madagascar as part of the mTOMADY project.
He is particularly interested in health financing, mobile health and performance measurement. His research will focus on the acceptability, perception and performance of the new mobile phone based payment tool for pregnancy-related healthcare.
In his free time he is a passionate classical pianist with a preference to chamber music.


Project title:
Qualitative and quantitative Research on the acceptability, perception and performance of a new mobile phone based payment tool for pregnancy-related healthcare in the region of Analamanga, Madagascar
Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Dr. Till Bärnighausen, Dr. Dr. Jan-Walter De Neve
Institutional affiliation:
Heidelberg Institute of Global Health


Jan Ole Ludwig
Associate member since 2018

Jan Ole is a medical student at the Medical Faculty Heidelberg and has recently finished his 5th year.
After completing his clinical education he was looking for a possibility to step back from clinical routine and catch a sight of the bigger picture of health care.
The research for his thesis with the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health offered him just that. Early in his medical studies he developed a conviction, that primary prevention is and will be the most crucial value in future medicine. That is why he is happy to work on a project investigating health outcomes of educational reforms and is highly motivated to extend his research in the filed of trans-generational human capital spill-overs.


Project title:
Causal Effect of Children’s Secondary Education on Parental Old-Age Survival: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Botswana
Supervisor:
Dr. Dr. Jan-Walter De Neve
Institutional affiliation:
Heidelberg Institute of Global Health


Amir Mohsenpour
Member since 2018

Working as a medical professional, one needs a diverse set of skills and rich knowledge base to be able to fulfill all roles essential to protect and promote health in society. Throughout medical school I have had the chance to gain insight into civil society engagement and advocacy, project management and peer-education. With this doctorate programm I intend to learn critical research skills, both its comprehension as well as application.

Project title:
Contextual Effect of Housing Quality on Asylum Seekers' Health - a cross-sectional study in a German federal state

Supervisor:
Dr. med. Kayvan Bozorgmehr
Institutional affiliation:
University Hospital Heidelberg, Department of General Practice and Health Services Research



Nadine Müller
Associate member since 2018

Nadine is working as a resident at the Department for Infectious Diseases and Pulmonary Medicine at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. During her free time Nadine is a volunteer and member of the board at Doctors for Madagascar (Ärzte für Madagaskar e.V.). She is involved in conceptualization, implementation and follow-up of projects on maternal and child health in the rural south of the country. In that capacity she is regularly challenged with global health issues on a micro- and macro-level.
Fueled by her curiosity to better understand on how the digital revolution and spread of mobile technologies may contribute to reduce inequalities in low- and middle-income countries, she is currently doing her doctoral thesis on a digital health research project in Madagascar.


Project title:
Saving through technology: Design study to identify opportunities and challenges of a mobile phone-based savings platform for healthcare in Madagascar
Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Dr. Till Bärnighausen, Dr. Dr. Jan-Walter De Neve
Institutional affiliation:
Heidelberg Institute of Global Health
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department for Infectious Diseases and Pulmonary Medicine


Eduardo Ramos
Member since 2018

My name is Eduardo Ramos Rosas and I come from Peru. After finishing the IB programme in my homeland I decided to start studying medicine here in Heidelberg to access a high-quality education. As my research project I will be analyzing and comparing maternal care quality and utilization in Peru among the three main health insurances Peruvian woman can access. To take a deeper view into this reality and understand the extend of health care differences in a low-income country motivates me to be part of this programme.

Project title:
Inequalities in maternal care and insurance status in Peru
Supervisor:
PD Dr. Manuela De Allegri
Institutional affiliation:
Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, Health Economics and Health Financing




Leon Schütze
Associate member since 2018

With my 4th year of medical school completed and my tenure as head of the student's association at the medical faculty Mannheim also ending this fall, I was looking for a new challenge. The MD in global health is just that. Health economics and health systems worldwide always interested me and combined with my fascination of the African continent this makes the project in Tanzania the perfect opportunity to further broaden my knowledge and attain new skills. I hope that my work will provide results that can have a real impact on any future implementation of digital solutions in health systems.

Project title:
Facilitators and barriers to the introduction of digital solutions for active purchasing in health: A mixed methods case study of the Redesigned Community Health Fund in Tanzania
Supervisor:
PD Dr. Manuela De Allegri
Institutional affiliation:
Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, Health Economics and Health Financing




Frithjof Sy
Member since 2018

After studying physics in Munich I could broaden my medical knowledge at the Heidelberg medical school, here I am currently a fifth-year medical student. Work in central Africa triggered my special interest in infectious diseases of low- and middle-income countries and their links to cancer. With experience in ODE (ordinary differential equation) based mathematical modeling of cancer growth, I like to be part of the investigation of HPV-spread in Zambia and Malawi and its connections to the extraordinarily high incidence of cervical cancer in these countries. The Heidelberg Graduate School of Global Health offers a unique opportunity to combine my interests hopefully funnelling them into a helpful survey.

Project title:
Investigating contributing factors to the spread of HPV in Zambia and Malawi, examining the feasibility for integrating these factors in a mathematical model and computer simulation.
Supervisors:
Dr. Andreas Deckert, Prof. Dr. Dr. Till Bärnighausen
Institutional affiliation:
Heidelberg Institute of Global Health




Felix Teufel
Associate member since 2018

Felix is a fourth-year medical student at Heidelberg University currently working on a project investigating the association between childhood hunger an adult Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Early on in his studies he discovered his enthusiasm about preventing non-communicable diseases and holistically understanding bio-psycho-social factors contributing to their pathogenesis.
In 2015 Felix founded the national project "Wissenshunger”, which tries to combat the epidemic of obesity and its accompanying diseases with a peer-education approach. Coordinating the project he could gain experiences in the practical side of public health and now is thrilled to explore the topic from a scientific view.


Project title:
The association between childhood hunger and adult Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Evidence from nationally representative health surveys of 30 low- and middle-income countries
Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Dr. Till Bärnighausen, Dr. Dr. Jan-Walter De Neve
Institutional affiliation:
Heidelberg Institute of Global Health




Berenike Thoma
Member since 2018

Berenike is a fifth year medical student at the University of Heidelberg. Her interest in international health care systems, disease controls and policy approaches grew with multiple international practical experiences in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This encouraged her to focus my doctorate on education and mental health in respective countries.
In her study, she will assess the impact of offsprings‘ educational attainment on parental mental health and well-being in a range of socio-economic settings globally. With a mixed-method approach, she will identify the quantative relationship as well as determining pathways between children’s educational resources and parental mental health. The findings aim to provide critical insights to strengthen the prevention of mental disorders and contribute to policy interventions and the inclusion of mental health, particularly in LMICs.


Project title:
Offspring‘s education and parental mental health
Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Dr. Till Bärnighausen, Dr. Dr. Jan-Walter De Neve
Institutional affiliation:
Heidelberg Institute of Global Health