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Faculty

Primary Faculty Within the Health Systems Program Area

All ranks of professors, scientists, and research associates can serve as an MSPH adviser. All ranks of professors can serve as doctoral student advisers, and all ranks of professors and scientists can serve as doctoral student co-advisers.

Professors, Assistant Professors, and Associate Professors

Joseph Ali
Associate Professor
International Health

Joseph Ali, JD, studies how to conduct global public health research and practice that maximally respects ethical values in an increasingly interconnected digital world.

Olakunle Alonge
Associate Professor
- Adjunct
International Health

Olakunle Alonge, MD, PhD ‘13, MPH ‘09, works to improve the effective implementation of interventions for disease prevention and health system strengthening.

Abdulgafoor Bachani
Associate Professor
International Health

Abdulgafoor M. Bachani, PhD '11, MHS '08, studies how to address burden of and preventing injury and disabilities, and to expand access to rehabilitation services.

Sara Bennett
Professor
International Health

Sara Bennett, PhD, MPhil, examines health policy and systems in low- and middle-income countries with a focus on institutional capacity, sustainability, and systems governance.

William Brieger
Professor
International Health

William Brieger, DrPH ’92, MPH, works on social, cultural and behavior change for tropical disease control and community primary health care in Africa.

Gilbert Burnham
Professor
- Emeritus
International Health

Gilbert Burnham, MD, PhD, MSc, is a physician who addesses humanitarian health problems in populations affected by natural disasters or conflicts.

Andreea Creanga
Professor
International Health

Andreea Creanga, MD, PhD '09, implements and evaluates quality improvement initiatives in perinatal health, domestically and internationally.

Shannon Doocy
Professor
International Health

Shannon Doocy, PhD ’04, studies the health impact of natural disasters and conflict, including refugees and displaced populations, and how to improve humanitarian responses.

Distinguished Professor of the Practice
International Health

Cyrus Engineer, DrPH, '07, MHS '03, MHA, is a practice leader in health sector performance management, including quality, patient safety, and project management.

Assistant Professor
International Health

Kathryn Falb, ScD, MHS '07, designs and tests multidisciplinary strategies to prevent violence against women and children, primarily in humanitarian settings.

Qingfeng Li
Assistant Professor
International Health

Qingfeng Li, PhD '13, MHS, studies machine learning models to support the use of big data and improve road safety in low- and middle-income countries.

Anju Malhotra
Distinguished Professor of the Practice
International Health

Anju Malhotra, PhD, connects research with practice to shape smart, scalable strategies for advancing gender equality in health, education, & opportunity in the global South.

Ligia Paina
Assistant Professor
International Health

Ligia Paina, PhD '14, MHS '08, studies how to improve health systems policies and programs so they provide equitable, quality care and are responsive to poor and marginalized communities.

Bryan Patenaude
Associate Professor
International Health

Bryan Patenaude, ScD '17, MA, researches the sustainability, efficiency, and equity of public health programs and health systems in low- and lower-middle-income countries.

David Peters
Professor
- Emeritus
International Health

David Peters, DrPH '93, MPH '89, MD, studies how to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries, particularly to better serve poor and vulnerable populations.

Krishna Rao
Associate Professor
International Health

Krishna D. Rao, PhD '04, MSc, finds ways to improve access to quality health services and financing of health care in low and middle-income countries.

Jeremy Shiffman
Professor
International Health

Jeremy Shiffman, PhD, MA, a political scientist, researches the politics of health policy-making in low-income countries and in global health governance.

Anthony So
Distinguished Professor of the Practice
International Health

Anthony D. So, MD, MPA, works on research and policy to improve innovation and access to health technologies with a particular focus on antimicrobial resistance.

Paul Spiegel
Distinguished Professor of the Practice
International Health

Paul Spiegel, MPH ’96, MD, is recognized for his research on preventing and responding to complex humanitarian emergencies and director of the Center for Humanitarian Health.

Antonio Trujillo
Professor
International Health

Antonio Trujillo, PhD, MPP, is a health economist working to improve access to medicines and the lives of seniors with chronic conditions around the globe.

Research Professors, Assistant Research Professors, and Associate Research Professors

Dustin Gibson
Associate Research Professor
International Health

Dustin Gibson, PhD ’14, MS, develops and evaluates digital tools and technologies to address health system gaps in low- and middle-income countries

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Associate Research Professor
International Health

Rosemary Morgan, PhD, MSc, studies the role of gender inequities on health, health systems, and public health interventions, with a focus on women’s health and wellbeing.

Yusra Shawar
Associate Research Professor
International Health

Yusra Shawar, PhD, MPH, studies the global governance of health and the politics of health policy processes in low- and middle-income countries.

Associate Research Professor
International Health

Andres Vecino, MD, PhD '16, MSc, uses economics theory and methods to improve health systems in lower and middle-income countries with a focus on Latin America.

Practice Professors, Associate Practice Professors

Anbrasi Edward
Associate Practice Professor
International Health

Anbrasi Edward, PhD, MPH ’96, MBA, MSc, works in health systems research and evaluation addressing primary healthcare and community-oriented systems in global contexts.

Assistant, Associate, and Senior Scientists

Shivam Gupta
Associate Scientist
International Health

Shivam Gupta, PhD '09, MPH '04, MBBS, studies primary health care, health systems strengthening, and road safety in low- and middle-income countries.

Md Zabir Hasan
Assistant Scientist
International Health

Md Zabir Hasan, PhD ’19, MPH, MBBS, studies health policy and systems to strengthen health equity, global health, and health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

Alain Koffi
Associate Scientist
International Health

Alain Koffi, MD, PhD, MS, is a population health researcher with a focus on the biological causes and social determinants of neonatal and child deaths in low-income countries.

Adam Koon
Assistant Scientist
International Health

Adam Koon, PhD, MPH, explores how policy can transform the messy exchange of ideas, words, and values into agreeable plans for a healthier and fairer world.

Assistant Scientist
International Health

Meighan Mary, PhD, MPH employs implementation science to assess community-centered reproductive, maternal, and perinatal health innovations globally.

Dinesh Neupane
Assistant Scientist
International Health

Dinesh Neupane, PhD, studies for global hypertension control, conducts epidemiological research on NCDs, and community healthcare workers at the primary health care level.

Daniela Rodriguez
Associate Scientist
International Health

Daniela C. Rodríguez, DrPH, MPH, studies how politics, public health, and evidence intersect in policies that impact vulnerable communities around the world.

Meike Schleiff
Assistant Scientist
International Health

Meike Schleiff, DrPH ‘17, MSPH ‘13, specializes in community health and primary health care with a focus on improving human resource capacity and addressing inequities.

Assistant Scientist
International Health

Elizabeth Stierman, PhD ’22, MPH '11, evaluates approaches to improve quality of care, address social determinants, and advance equity in maternal and child health.

Assistant Scientist
International Health

Carrie Wolfson, PhD ’22, MPA, studies fertility and adverse pregnancy events using demographic and epidemiological techniques.

Senior Research Associates and Research Associates

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Research Associate
International Health

Sarah Clifford, MSPH '22, works to translate evidence into meaningful programs and policies that improve maternal health outcomes. 

Ambulai Johnson
Research Associate
International Health

Ambulai Johnson, MPH ‘20, MSc, focuses on strengthening health systems to address health risks of climate change and environmental factors in low- and middle-income countries.

James Kumwenda
Research Associate
International Health

James Kumwenda, MD, MSPH ’20, studies health leadership, health systems strengthening, and capacity strengthening in primary health care.

Research Associate
International Health

Joshua Mak, MSPH ‘21, evaluates vaccine equity in international contexts and assesses the feasibility of new technologies to address vaccine and mental health issues.

Lois Privor-Dumm
Senior Research Associate
International Health

Lois Privor-Dumm, MBA, works to expand access to vaccines, trains advocates to speak on the value of immunization, and evaluates the use of policy to protect communities.

Research Associate
International Health

Yuan Shang, MSPH '23, studies how to prevent disabilities and chronic conditions and expand access to rehabilitation services in low- and middle-income countries.