Students

Philip Kitchen
Associated 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


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




Berenike Thoma
Associate 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