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Martin Bloem, MD, PhD, has devoted his career to improving the effectiveness of public health and nutrition programs through applied research, focusing particularly on low- and middle-income countries.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe St. , W7011

Research Interests

nutrition; hiv; aids; food-systems;
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Maastricht
University of Utrecht
Director, the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF)
Food Systems, Nutrition, PEM, Micronutrient deficiencies, Food Security, HIV/AIDS
Select Publications
1. DePee S., Taren D, and M.W. Bloem (eds.). 2017 Nutrition and Health in a Developing World. Springer. 3rd edition; This third edition reviews the epidemiology, policies, programs and outcome indicators that are used to determine improvements in nutrition and health that lead to development. This greatly expanded third edition provides policy makers, nutritionists, students, scientists, and professionals with the most recent and up-to-date knowledge regarding major health and nutritional problems in developing countries. Policies and programs that address the social and economic determinants of nutrition and health are now gaining in importance as methods to improve the status of the most vulnerable people in the world. This volume provides the most current research and strategies so that policy makers, program managers, researchers and students have knowledge and resources that they can use to advance methods for improving the public’s health and the development of nations. The third edition of Nutrition and Health in Developing Countries takes on a new context where the word “developing” is now a verb and not an adjective.
  • 1. Fanzo JC, Graziose MM, Kraemer K, Gillespie S, Johnston JL, de Pee S,Monterrosa E, Badham J, Bloem MW , Dangour AD, Deckelbaum R, Dobermann A, Fracassi P, Hossain SM, Ingram J, Jerling JC, Jones CJ, Jap SI, Kiess L, Marshall Q, Martin K, Narayan A, Amuyunzu-Nayamongo M, Pepping F, West KP. Educating and training a workforce for nutrition in a post-2015 world. Adv Nutr. 2015 Nov 13;6(6):639-47.
  • 2. Claros JM, de Pee S, Bloem MW1, . Adherence to HIV and TB care and treatment, the role of food security and nutrition. AIDS Behav. 2014 Oct;18 Suppl 5:S459-64.
  • 3. Grede N, Claros JM, de Pee S, Bloem MW1,2. Is there a need to mitigate the social and financial consequences of tuberculosis at the individual and household level? AIDS Behav. 2014 Oct;18 Suppl 5:S542-53.
  • 4. HIarlaithe MO, Grede N, de Pee S, Bloem MW1,2. Economic and social factors are some of the most common barriers preventing women from accessing maternal and newborn child health (MNCH) and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services: a literature review. AIDS Behav. 2014 Oct;18 Suppl 5:S516-30.
  • 5. de Pee S, Grede N, Mehra D, Bloem MW1,2. The enabling effect of food assistance in improving adherence and/or treatment completion for antiretroviral therapy and tuberculosis treatment: a literature review. AIDS Behav. 2014 Oct;18 Suppl 5:S531-41.