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Joanne Katz, ScD ’93, MS, is an epidemiologist with expertise in maternal, neonatal, and child health and extensive work experience in Nepal and other South Asian countries.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room W5009

Research Interests

epidemiology; biostatistics; community trials; micronutrients; maternal health; neonatal health; child health; adolescent pregnancy; reproductive health; Nepal
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins University
Princeton University
University of Cape Town
My research aims to reduce mortality and morbidity in under-served populations in the United States and abroad. The underlying discipline bases for this research are epidemiology, community randomized trials and biostatistics. Areas of focus include (1) maternal, neonatal and child health, (2) nutritional deficiencies and (3) infectious diseases. Current projects include 1. Identify and prioritize modifiable risk factors for stillbirths, preterm and/or small-for-gestational age birth, and early and late neonatal mortality using monthly data from late first trimester through labor and delivery from 3 trials in rural Nepal. 2. Primary data collection to validate maternal recall of receipt of nutrition and other interventions in antenatal care and pregnancy in Nepal. 3. A randomized trial to test the efficacy of a balanced protein energy supplement for daily use during pregnancy on the outcomes of pregnancy and growth of infants during the first 6 months of life in Sarlahi District, Nepal. 4. Granular age-specific data analysis of under 5 child mortality patterns using pregnancy and live birth cohorts from low and middle income countries. 5. Estimate global prevalence of preterm, small-for-gestational-age and low birth weight and the impact of these adverse birth outcomes on neonatal mortality.
Honors & Awards
2019 Golden Apple teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 2018 Ernest Lyman Stebbins Medal for extraordinary contributions to the educational programs of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 2016 Maryland Women's Hall of Fame 2014 Children's Prize 2011  Johns Hopkins Alumni Knowledge for the World Award 2011  Global Health Excellence in Advising Award, Johns Hopkins University 2011  Golden Apple teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2002, 2005, 2011 2009 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Fellow 2009 American Academy of Ophthalmology Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Profession of Ophthalmology Fellow, American College of Epidemiology, 1994 Delta Omega, 1993
Select Publications
A selection of 5 publication from the past 2 years.
  • Carter E, Chang KT, Mullany LC, Khatry SK, LeClerq SC, Munos MK, Katz J. Reliability of maternal recall of delivery and immediate newborn care indicators in Sarlahi, Nepal. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2021 Jan 25;21(1):82. doi: 10.1186/s12884-021-03547-5. PMID: 33494712
  • Katz J, Tielsch JM, Khatry SK, Shrestha L, Breysse P Zeger SL, Kozuki N, Checkley W, LeClerq SC, Mullany LC. Impact of improved biomass and liquid petroleum gas stoves on birth outcomes in rural Nepal: results of 2 randomized trials. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2020 Jul 17:GHSP-D-20-00011. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-20-00011. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32680912
  • Newman KL, Stewart L, Tielsch JM, Englund JA, Khatry SK, Mullany LC, LeClerq SC, Shrestha L, Kuypers J, Chu HY, Katz J. Indirect protection from maternal influenza immunization among non-vaccinated household family members in a randomized controlled trial in Sarlahi, Nepal. Vaccine. 2020 Aug 17:S0264-410X(20)31045-8. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.08.014. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32814640.
  • Bhutta Z, Akseer N, Keats E, Vaivada T, Baker S, Horton SE, Katz J, Menon P, Piwoz E, Shekar M, Victora C, Black RE. How can countries reduce child stunting at scale: lessons from exemplar countries. Am J Clin Nutr. 2020 Sep 14;112(Supplement_2):894S-904S. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqaa153. PMID: 32692800
  • Bryce E, Mullany LC, Khatry SK, Tielsch JM, LeClerq SC, Katz J. Coverage of the WHO’s four essential elements of newborn care and their association with neonatal survival in southern Nepal. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2020 Sep 16;20(1):540. doi: 10.1186/s12884-020-03239-6. PMID: 32938433
Maternal Influenza Vaccine Trial
Cookstore Replacement for Prevention of ARI and Low Birthweight in Nepal
Nepal Cookstove Replacement Trial
Nepal Sunflower Oil Massage Study
Global Age Patterns of Under 5 Mortality
Impact of a Balanced Protein-Energy Supplement in Pregnancy and Early Lactation on Reproductive Outcomes and Growth in Southern Nepal
Improving Nutrition Coverage Measures in Nepal
Prioritization of modifiable risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes and neonatal mortality in rural Nepal