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MScIH Alumni

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Most of our alumni have medical and other health-related backgrounds - but we are proud to also have graduates with backgrounds from the social sciences, economics, and humanities as part of our alumni community. In line with the international spirit of tropED and the ITMIH, our alumni come from diverse countries across the globe, including numerous low and middle-income countries. This unique composition of alumni makes for a vibrant and active community of international health researchers and practitioners that continuously contribute to improving the health and well-being of populations.

Alumni publications

MScIH students have the option to write their Master Thesis in the form of a monograph or an academic article published by selected journals. Of course, students can also write a monograph-style thesis first and publish their work in article form later on. You can learn more about the preparation of the Master thesis by reading our Thesis Guidelines. Some examples of the recently published works of our alumni are listed below.

Karki B, Kittel G, Bolokon I Jr, Duke T. Active Community-Based Case Finding for Tuberculosis With Limited Resources. Asia Pac J Public Health. 2017 Jan;29(1):17-27. doi: 10.1177/1010539516683497. Epub 2016 Dec 29. PMID: 28033717; PMCID: PMC5349312. Link:

Lewis EG, Banks J, Paddick SM, Duinmaijer A, Tucker L, Kisoli A, Cletus J, Lissu C, Kilonzo K, Cosker G, Mukaetova-Ladinska EB, Dotchin C, Gray W, Walker R, Urasa S. Risk Factors for Delirium in Older Medical Inpatients in Tanzania. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2017;44(3-4):160-170. doi: 10.1159/000479058. Epub 2017 Sep 5. PMID: 28869952. Link:

Lança de Morais I, Lunet N, Albuquerque G, Gelormini M, Casal S, Damasceno A, Pinho O, Moreira P, Jewell J, Breda J, Padrão P. The Sodium and Potassium Content of the Most Commonly Available Street Foods in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in the Context of the FEEDCities Project. Nutrients. 2018 Jan 16;10(1):98. doi: 10.3390/nu10010098. PMID: 29337880; PMCID: PMC5793326. Link:

Eckhardt A, Zambrano EA, Nilsson D. Traumatic experiences and dissociation in a non-clinical group of university students in Ecuador: a cross-sectional study. J Child Adolesc Ment Health. 2018 Nov;30(3):191-202. doi: 10.2989/17280583.2018.1553780. PMID: 30739606. Link:

Al Baz M, Law MR, Saadeh R. Antibiotics use among Palestine refugees attending UNRWA primary health care centers in Jordan - A cross-sectional study. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2018 Mar-Apr;22:25-29. doi: 10.1016/j.tmaid.2018.02.004. Epub 2018 Feb 16. PMID: 29458088. Link:

Muoghalu IS, Moses F, Conteh I, Swaray P, Ajudua A, Nordström A. The Transmission Chain Analysis of 2014-2015 Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Koinadugu District, Sierra Leone: An Observational Study. Front Public Health. 2017 Jul 10;5:160. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00160. PMID: 28740846; PMCID: PMC5502283.

Ombrellaro KJ, Perumal N, Zeiher J, Hoebel J, Ittermann T, Ewert R, Dörr M, Keil T, Mensink GBM, Finger JD. Socioeconomic Correlates and Determinants of Cardiorespiratory Fitness in the General Adult Population: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports Med Open. 2018 Jun 7;4(1):25. doi: 10.1186/s40798-018-0137-0. PMID: 29882063; PMCID: PMC5992110.

Alwash Z, Henke O, Serventi F, Kantelhardt EJ. Staff Perspectives Toward Challenges in a Newly Established Cancer Center in Tanzania: A Qualitative Study. J Glob Oncol. 2019 Mar;5:1-8. doi: 10.1200/JGO.18.00246. PMID: 30943098; PMCID: PMC6528737

Henke O, Mapendo PJ, Mkwizu EW, le Coutre P. Early molecular response in East African Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukaemia patients treated with Imatinib and barriers to access treatment. Ecancermedicalscience. 2020 Aug 18;14:1089. doi: 10.3332/ecancer.2020.1089. PMID: 33014131; PMCID: PMC7498273.

Müller SA, Diallo AOK, Wood R, Bayo M, Eckmanns T, Tounkara O, Arvand M, Diallo M, Borchert M. Implementation of the WHO hand hygiene strategy in Faranah regional hospital, Guinea. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2020 May 14;9(1):65. doi: 10.1186/s13756-020-00723-8. PMID: 32410673; PMCID: PMC7227248.

Schumann H, Rubagumya K, Rubaihayo J, Harms G, Wanyenze RK, Theuring S. The incidence of HIV and associated risk factors among pregnant women in Kabarole District, Uganda. PLoS One. 2020 Jun 5;15(6):e0234174. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0234174. PMID: 32502227; PMCID: PMC7274402.

Giovannetti C, Garcia Arce S, Rush B, Mendive F. Pilot Evaluation of a Residential Drug Addiction Treatment Combining Traditional Amazonian Medicine, Ayahuasca and Psychotherapy on Depression and Anxiety. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2020 Nov-Dec;52(5):472-481. doi: 10.1080/02791072.2020.1789247. Epub 2020 Aug 4. PMID: 32748709. Link:

Parisi S, Navarro M, Du Plessis JD, Shock JP, Apodaca Michel B, Lucuy Espinoza M, Terán C, Calizaya Tapia NA, Oltmanns K, Baptista Mora A, Saveedra Irala C, Rivera Rojas AA, Rubilar G, Zoller T, Pritsch M. "We have already heard that the treatment doesn't do anything, so why should we take it?": A mixed method perspective on Chagas disease knowledge, attitudes, prevention, and treatment behaviour in the Bolivian Chaco. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2020 Oct 29;14(10):e0008752. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0008752. PMID: 33119632; PMCID: PMC7595318. Link:

Gonzalez-Alvarez MA, Hernandez-Bonilla D, Plascencia-Alvarez NI, Riojas-Rodriguez H, Rosselli D. Environmental and occupational exposure to metals (manganese, mercury, iron) and Parkinson's disease in low and middle-income countries: a narrative review. Rev Environ Health. 2021 Mar 26;37(1):1-11. doi: 10.1515/reveh-2020-0140. PMID: 33768768. Link:

Mendez-Brito A, El Bcheraoui C, Pozo-Martin F. Systematic review of empirical studies comparing the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical interventions against COVID-19. J Infect. 2021 Sep;83(3):281-293. doi: 10.1016/j.jinf.2021.06.018. Epub 2021 Jun 20. PMID: 34161818; PMCID: PMC8214911. Link:

Garnica-Rosas L, Granich-Armenta A, Guerra Y Guerra G, Sánchez-Dominguez M, Lamadrid-Figueroa H. Perinatal Outcomes Among Venezuelan Immigrants in Colombia: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Immigr Minor Health. 2021 Oct;23(5):976-985. doi: 10.1007/s10903-021-01248-x. Epub 2021 Aug 7. PMID: 34363575; PMCID: PMC8346779. Link:

Lamberti-Castronuovo A, Pine JA, Brogiato G, Kinkel HF. Agricultural Migrants' Health and Ability to Access Care: A Case Study in Southern Italy. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Nov 30;18(23):12615. doi: 10.3390/ijerph182312615. PMID: 34886339; PMCID: PMC8656562. Link:

Meinus C, Singer R, Nandi B, Jagot O, Becker-Ziaja B, Karo B, Mvula B, Jansen A, Baumann J, Schultz A. SARS-CoV-2 prevalence and immunity: a hospital-based study from Malawi. Int J Infect Dis. 2022 Mar;116:157-165. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2021.12.336. Epub 2021 Dec 17. PMID: 34929356; PMCID: PMC8679501. Link:

Abrokwa SK, Ruby LC, Heuvelings CC, Bélard S. Task shifting for point of care ultrasound in primary healthcare in low- and middle-income countries-a systematic review. EClinicalMedicine. 2022 Mar 6;45:101333. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101333. PMID: 35284806; PMCID: PMC8904233. Link:

Salendo J, Ximenes J, Soares A, Guest G, Hagander L. Acute burn care and outcomes at the Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (HNGV), Timor-Leste: A 7-year retrospective study. Medicine (Baltimore). 2022 Dec 16;101(50):e32113. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000032113. PMID: 36550901; PMCID: PMC9771211. Link:

If you are an alumni and wish to have the abstract of your thesis listed on this website, please contact the DAAD Programme Coordinator.

Alumni Seminar

Each year, the ITMIH organizes an alumni seminar. Over the course of five to ten days, these seminars comprise sessions on important topics related to international health held by distinguished academics and practitioners from diverse countries across the globe. The sessions also draw on the experiences and expertise from our alumni and provide space for discussions among seminar participants. In addition to updating knowledge on key topics relevant to research and practice, the seminars provide an excellent opportunity for mutual learning and forging new and strengthening existing collaborations and networks among health professionals across the globe.

The alumni seminars are held in Berlin during summer. They are free of charge and open to all our alumni. Each year the DAAD provides a number of scholarships to alumni from low and middle-income countries to come to Berlin and attend the seminars. The ITMIH issues certificates of attendance to those alumni who successfully attended all sessions.  

Topics of previous Alumni Seminars include:

  • How to design a donor-type project (2012)
  • An introductory course to STATA for epidemiological data analysis (2013)
  • Scientific writing and publication (2014)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects (2015)
  • Effective Project Leadership (2016)
  • Global Mental Health (2017)
  • Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict Affected Environments (2018)
  • Climate Change and Global Health (2019)
  • Research Methods in International Health (2020)
  • Global Health Security and Pandemic Preparedness (2021)
  • Colonial Continuities in International Health (2022) (please see below)

Each year’s alumni seminar typically ends with the annual alumni meeting.


Podcast: "Colonial Continuities: The Importance of Vulnerability and Emotions"

This podcast features interviews with Prof. Heidi Safia Mirza and Dr. Hans-Friedemann Kinkel about the Summer School 'Colonial Continuities in International Health' held from 31 August - 2 September 2022 at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Heidi shares what motivated her to serve as speaker at the Summer School and stay for the full three days of the event. She crystallises themes that ran through the Summer School sessions and discussions, revisits moments that impressed and touched her, and shares suggestions for the 'afterlife' of the event. Friedemann speaks about his personal impressions of the Summer School, the key messages he took away from the event, and how these will impact the Master of Science in International Health program he is heading. Concert pianist Ben Cruchley who attended the Summer School composed and played the accompanying music on the piano in Hörsaal 6, the place where the Summer School was held. Here our flyer.


Host: Dr. Hannah Strohmeier, Academic Associate, Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin  

Interviewees: Prof. Heidi Safia Mirza, Emeritus Professor UCL Institute of Education; Visiting Professor Race, Faith and Culture, Goldsmiths College, University of London / Dr. med. Hans-Friedemann Kinkel, Coordinator MSc in International Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Music: Ben Cruchley

Alumni Meeting

Since 2019, the ITMIH aims at organizing an annual alumni meeting in Berlin – a one-day informal get-together open to all our alumni and their families. The meeting takes place on a weekend during or right after the alumni seminar to make sure as many members of our community as possible can attend. The alumni meeting begins with an overview and update on the MScIH shared by the ITMIH, before the informal part of the event allows alumni to share a meal and re-connect over informal conversations and discussions.

Save the date: The next alumni meeting is planned for Saturday, 2nd September 2023. More information to come soon.

Charité Alumni Portal

Charité manages an online portal for its huge alumni community, including MScIH alumni. After completion of their studies, all MScIH graduates are cordially invited to create their personal portal profile through which they can connect and communicate with other MScIH alumni as well as the wider Charité alumni community. Through the designated group for the MScIH in the portal, the ITMIH regularly updates its members on relevant events and job opportunities, and initiates and moderates discussions among alumni on pressing health topics. Being a member of the Charité alumni portal bears many more benefits and opportunities which you can learn about here. If you are an MScIH alumni and want to become a member of the Charité alumni portal you can do so here via Humboldt University.


We will soon present to you a series of podcasts featuring MScIH alumni across the globe sharing their experiences with studying at the ITMIH, and how the MScIH has influenced their career as health professionals. If you are an MScIH alumni and wish to share your story, please contact the DAAD Program Coordinator.

Association to support the Masters Programme International Health

Founded in 2019, the Association to support the Master Programme International Health (‘Förderverein Masterprogramm International Health Charité’) has the objective to support the education and research carried out under the MScIH programme conceptionally, organizationally, and financially, and contributes to its continuous development. The Association's aims at realizing its commitments through generating funds, for example through donations and fundraising events to support international/global health education and research. If you wish to learn more about the Association and its activities, or to become a member, please contact the DAAD Programme Coordinator.