Ziad El-Khatib

Affiliated to research

Associate Professor, Global Health, Karolinska Institutet

Adj. Associate Professor, University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), Kigali

About me

I am an Associate Professor in Global Health at Karolinska Institutet. I have worked on different diseases and in different contexts. Also I am engaged in different projects related to Research Capacity Building. My research work includes injuries, non-communicable diseases and infectious diseases. Also I have a big interest in mHealth.

Research description

Epidemiology and Global Health. Research interests include infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, mHealth and injuries.

Teaching portfolio

I teach Research Methods, Global Health, mHealth, Public Health Surveillance, Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Non-Communicable Diseases and Injuries Epidemiology. In addition to being active in research capacity building in low- and income-countries.


2011 - 2019: EMBA (mixed courses between Concordia University, Montreal and Smartly Institute)

2011-2013: Postdoc fellow, Cancer Epidemiology, McGill University (I worked on HPV vaccination and cervical cancer)

2011: PhD, Epidemiology and Global Health (it was part of an international collaboration between KI-Stockholm, Stanford University-California and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in Johannesburg).

2004: MSc, Epidemiolgy and Public Health, Umeå International School for Public Health

2002: Graduate Diploma, IT, American University of Beirut

2000: BSc, Medical Laboratory Sciences, University of Balamand, Beirut

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Swedish radio, Arabic channel, interview regarding the news on the Coronavirus vaccine (10 Nov 2020)



Swedish radio, Arabic channel, interview regarding COVID-19 (9 April 2020)


Karolinska Institutet - news: Smartphone app prevents disease outbreaks in low-resource settings


Grand Challenges Canada news: Refugees’ Immunization App (RImA) pilot and evaluation



Swedish radio interview regarding the situation of Syrians refugees (in Swedish) (18 April 2014)



Selected publications

Postoperative Rheumatic Heart Disease Follow-Up: Creating a National Registry and First Results from Rwanda

Ntaganda E, Rusingiza E, Rukundo G, Ng'ang'a L, Hedt-Gauthier  B, El-Khatib Z, Kwan GF, Gapira G, Worrall NK, Swain J, Kagame A, Mutumbira C, Ruhamya N, Bolman C, Sewase J, Ndayisaba G, Bolman Iii RM, Goldberg H, Mucumbitsi J

Ann Glob Health. 2020 Sep 9;86(1):115


Presentation of Pediatric Unintentional Injuries at Rural Hospitals in Rwanda: A Retrospective Study

Bagahirwa I, Mukeshimana  M, Cherian  T, Nkurunziza  T, El-Khatib  Z, Byiringiro  JC, Ng'ang'a L, Rusingiza  E, Riviello  R, Ndayisaba  GF, Hedt-Gauthier BL

Ann Glob Health. 2020 Sep 14;86(1):116


The Association between Out-of-Pocket Expenditure and COVID-19 Mortality Globally

El-Khatib Z, Otu A, Neogi U, Yaya S

 J Epidemiol Glob Health. 2020 Sep;10(3):192-193


Indicators to evaluate organisational knowledge brokers: a scoping review.

Scarlett J, Forsberg BC, Biermann O, Kuchenmüller T, El-Khatib Z.

Health Res Policy Syst. 2020 Aug 24;18(1):93.


Children Immunization App (CImA), Low-Cost Digital Solution for Supporting Syrian Refugees in Zaatari Camp in Jordan - General Description.

El-Khatib Z, El-Halabi S, Abu Khdeir M, Khader YS.

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2020 Jun 23;271:117-120.


The disproportionate effect of COVID-19 mortality on ethnic minorities: Genetics or health inequalities?

El-Khatib Z, Jacobs GB, Ikomey GM, Neogi U.

EClinicalMedicine. 2020 Jun 18;23:100430.


Mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic in Chile.

Caqueo-Urízar A, Urzúa A, Aragón-Caqueo D, Charles CH, El-Khatib Z, Otu A, Yaya S.

Psychol Trauma. 2020 Jun 18.


Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence implementation during COVID-19 challenges in Croatia.

Stojanovic M, El-Khatib Z, Rovis Brandic A, Maalouf W.

Psychol Trauma. 2020 Aug;12(S1):S274-S275.


Barriers to post exposure prophylaxis use among men who have sex with men in sub-Saharan Africa: An online cross-sectional survey.

Isano S, Wong R, Logan J, El-Halabi S, El-Khatib Z.

Prev Med Rep. 2020 Apr 28;19:101100


Mapping child growth failure across low- and middle-income countries.

Local Burden of Disease Child Growth Failure Collaborators.

Nature. 2020 Jan;577(7789):231-234. doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1878-8.


Life expectancy and disease burden in the Nordic countries: results from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2017.

Nordic Burden of Disease Collaborators.

Lancet Public Health. 2019 Dec;4(12):e658-e669. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(19)30224-5. Epub 2019 Nov 20


Children Immunization App (CImA) Among Syrian Refugees in Zaatari Camp, Jordan: Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial Intervention Study.

Khader YS, Laflamme L, Schmid D, El-Halabi S, Abu Khdair M, Sengoelge M, Atkins S, Tahtamouni M, Derrough T, El-Khatib Z.

JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Oct 7;8(10):e13557. doi: 10.2196/13557.


Community-based self-collected human papillomavirus screening in rural Zimbabwe.

Fitzpatrick MB, El-Khatib Z, Katzenstein D, Pinsky BA, Chirenje ZM, McCarty K.

BMC Public Health. 2019 May 29;19(Suppl 1):603. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-6810-5


Effectiveness of digital technologies at improving vaccine uptake and series completion - A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Atkinson KM, Wilson K, Murphy MSQ, El-Halabi S, Kahale LA, Laflamme LL, El-Khatib Z.

Vaccine. 2019 May 21;37(23):3050-3060. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.03.063. Epub 2019 Apr 26. Review.


Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence Program as a School Intervention to Prevent Substance Use-a Pilot Study Across Three South East European Countries.

Maalouf W, Stojanovic M, Kiefer M, Campello G, Heikkila H, El-Khatib Z.

Prev Sci. 2019 May;20(4):555-565. doi: 10.1007/s11121-019-01012-6.


A Syndrome-Based Surveillance System for Infectious Diseases Among Asylum Seekers in Austrian Reception Centers, 2015-2018: Analysis of Reported Data.

El-Khatib Z, Taus K, Richter L, Allerberger F, Schmid D.

JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2019 Feb 27;5(1):e11465. doi: 10.2196/11465


Risk factors for stunting among children under five years: a cross-sectional population-based study in Rwanda using the 2015 Demographic and Health Survey.

Nshimyiryo A, Hedt-Gauthier B, Mutaganzwa C, Kirk CM, Beck K, Ndayisaba A, Mubiligi J, Kateera F, El-Khatib Z.

BMC Public Health. 2019 Feb 11;19(1):175. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-6504-z.


Sex differences and risk factors for diabetes mellitus - an international study from 193 countries.

Elling D, Surkan PJ, Enayati S, El-Khatib Z.

Global Health. 2018 Nov 28;14(1):118. doi: 10.1186/s12992-018-0437-7.


SMS-based smartphone application for disease surveillance has doubled completeness and timeliness in a limited-resource setting - evaluation of a 15-week pilot program in Central African Republic (CAR).

El-Khatib Z, Shah M, Zallappa SN, Nabeth P, Guerra J, Manengu CT, Yao M, Philibert A, Massina L, Staiger CP, Mbailao R, Kouli JP, Mboma H, Duc G, Inagbe D, Barry AB, Dumont T, Cavailler P, Quere M, Willett B, Reaiche S, de Ribaucourt H, Reeder B.

Confl Health. 2018 Oct 24;12:42. doi: 10.1186/s13031-018-0177-6. eCollection 2018.


"They Should Be Asking Us": A Qualitative Decisional Needs Assessment for Women Considering Cervical Cancer Screening.

Wood B, Russell VL, El-Khatib Z, McFaul S, Taljaard M, Little J, Graham ID.

Glob Qual Nurs Res. 2018 Jul 2;5:2333393618783632. doi: 10.1177/2333393618783632. eCollection 2018 Jan-Dec.


Factors associated with condom use and HIV testing among young men who have sex with men: a cross-sectional survey in a random online sample in Sweden.

Johansson K, Persson KI, Deogan C, El-Khatib Z.

Sex Transm Infect. 2018 Sep;94(6):427-433. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2017-053369. Epub 2018 May 17


Outcomes for patients with rheumatic heart disease after cardiac surgery followed at rural district hospitals in Rwanda.

Rusingiza EK, El-Khatib Z*, Hedt-Gauthier B, Ngoga G, Dusabeyezu S, Tapela N, Mutumbira C, Mutabazi F, Harelimana E, Mucumbitsi J, Kwan GF, Bukhman G.

Heart. 2018 Oct;104(20):1707-1713. doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2017-312644. Epub 2018 Apr 20.


Ecological study of road traffic injuries in the eastern Mediterranean region: country economic level, road user category and gender perspectives.

Sengoelge M, Laflamme L, El-Khatib Z.

BMC Public Health. 2018 Feb 13;18(1):236. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5150-1.


Factors for incomplete adherence to antiretroviral therapy including drug refill and clinic visits among older adults living with human immunodeficiency virus - cross-sectional study in South Africa.

Barry A, Ford N, El-Khatib Z.

Trop Med Int Health. 2018 Mar;23(3):270-278. doi: 10.1111/tmi.13026. Epub 2018 Jan 9.


Using Mobile Apps to Communicate Vaccination Records: A City-wide Evaluation with a National Immunization App, Maternal Child Registry and Public Health Authorities.

Atkinson KM, El-Khatib Z, Barnum G, Bell C, Turcotte MC, Murphy MSQ, Teitelbaum M, Chakraborty P, Laflamme L, Wilson K.

Healthc Q. 2017;20(3):41-46.


Utilization of social media and web forums by HIV patients - A cross-sectional study on adherence and reported anxiety level.

Longinetti E, Manoharan V, Ayoub H, Surkan PJ, El-Khatib Z.

Prev Med Rep. 2017 Feb 16;6:137-143. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.02.009. eCollection 2017 Jun.


The global burden of child burn injuries in light of country level economic development and income inequality.

Sengoelge M, El-Khatib Z, Laflamme L.

Prev Med Rep. 2017 Mar 2;6:115-120. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.02.024. eCollection 2017 Jun.


Correlates of mobile phone use in HIV care: Results from a cross-sectional study in South Africa.

Madhvani N, Longinetti E, Santacatterina M, Forsberg BC, El-Khatib Z.

Prev Med Rep. 2015 Jun 14;2:512-6. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2015.06.010. eCollection 2015.


Case series of multiple repeat caesarean sections: operative, maternal, and neonatal outcome.

Alnoman A, El-Khatib Z, Almrstani AM, Walker M, El-Chaar D.

J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2016;29(12):1972-6. doi: 10.3109/14767058.2015.1071347. Epub 2015 Sep 12.