Global Public Health at U-M School of Public Health

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U-M SPH faculty and experts are engaging in research and collaborative projects worldwide, providing valuable expertise and leading diverse teaching efforts for increasingly interdependent populations. Below is a sampling of SPH faculty who participate in global public health efforts along with their areas of study.

Matthew Boulton is the senior associate dean for Global Public Health.

Name Global Health Activity
* Indicates faculty member of the Advisory Committee on Global Health.
Kwangseog Ahn Development of chemical hazard information and control banding system, standard sampling and analysis methods of occupational health hazards, and environmental management system in the research environment in South Korea.
Rajesh Balkrishnan Registry development, longitudinal data, Outcomes Evaluation, Non-communicable chronic diseases, Quantitative Research Methods in Global Health.
Rashid Bashshur Telemedicine development, deployment and evaluation. Former advisor to the ministry of health in Mexico; former chair of consultancy on telemedicine WHO; former member of board of directors of project Globe, Pfizer; former member of board of directors of International eHealth Association; consultant to Association of Latin American Medical Schools. Former liaison for affiliation with American University of Beirut and University of Sao Paolo.
Nil Basu Ecosystem-based approach to study the health and environmental impacts of mercury (and other toxic metals and emerging contaminants) on fish, wildlife, and humans in the Arctic, Ghana, Guatemala, Canada, Taiwan, Russia, and India.
Ana Baylin Nutrition, cardiovascular disease and obesity in Latin America with a particular emphasis on gene-diet interactions.
Mousumi Banerjee Longitudinal modeling, survival analysis, competing risks methodology, and cancer epidemiology.
Stuart Batterman* Training and research programs in the environmental sciences and engineering in southern Africa, Russia and Europe.
Michael Boehnke Leads T2D-GENES, an international consortium of researchers focused on the genetics of type 2 diabetes in worldwide populations, and FUSION, a genetic study of type 2 diabetes and related traits in Finland, Germany, and Norway.
Matthew Boulton* Public health systems, services, and capacity building in China and India with focus on vaccinations and vaccine preventable disease control, zoonotic and enteric illnesses; senior associate dean of Global Public Health; director of the U-M SPH China Scholar Exchange Program; scientific advisor to the Tianjin CDC.
Sarah Burgard Social inequalities in maternal and child health and adolescent health in South Africa, China, and Brazil.
Roberto DeVogli Former member of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health - Globalization and Health Knowledge Network; Social Determinants of Health, Global Determinants of Health Inequalities and Neoliberal Globalization and Health.
Dana Dolinoy Environmental exposures and epigenetic consequences. International projects include (1) BPA exposure in pre-adolescent females in rural versus urban Egyptian populations (collaboration with Laura Rozek and Maureen Sartor) and (2) lead exposure in mothers and infants in Mexico City, and its effects on growth and development (collaboration with Karen Peterson).
Tim Dvonch High-Resolution Collection of Atmospheric Wet Deposition in Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada.
Joseph Eisenberg* Epidemiology of waterborne diseases, both conducting experiments and studying theoretical aspects of disease transmission using mathematical models. See EcoDess site.
Kathy Ford Factors related to prevention of HIV infection among vulnerable populations in Southeast Asia; the impact of the AIDS epidemic on a rural population in south Africa.
Brant Fries President of interRAI, a 28-nation consortium of researchers using resident assessment and case mix to compare and improve care of elderly and disabled persons.
Ed Goldman Work in Ghana related to women's rights and reproductive justice in the KUNST Law School in Kumasi.
Scott Greer Consequences for health policy and the welfare state of federalism and decentralization, focused especially on the U.K. and the development of health policy in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales; European integration and its effects on health policymaking.
Sioban Harlow Chair, Presidents Advisory committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights; institutional capacity development in reproductive research in Mexico and Zimbabwe; gynecologic, perinatal and maternal morbidity.
Gary Harper Primary and secondary HIV prevention intervention development in the US and Kenya, resiliency among African American gay/bisexual male adolescents/young adults, health promotion among adolescents living with HIV, community-university partnerships, qualitative research methods. Faculty Spotlight
Michele Heisler International human rights promotion and the interrelationship of health and human rights as well as in the development and evaluation of chronic disease interventions targeting underserved adults with chronic illness in the U.S. and Latin America. Works with Physicians for Human Rights and on several federally funded randomized controlled interventions of different peer support and community health worker models of chronic disease support.
David Hutton Hepatitis B prevention and treatment policies for East Asia (China in particular).
Olivier Jolliet UNEP Life Cycle Impact Assessment program, environmental risks of chemicals and of innovative technologies, environmental impacts of consumption and trade on human health and health inequalities.
Andrew Jones Influence of maternal nutrition and inflammation during pregnancy on infant outcomes; child growth and iron deficiency anemia; double burden of overweight and iron deficiency; agriculture, food security and sustainable food systems; global health. Faculty Spotlight
James Koopman HIV transmission in Montreal, Canada, and consultations with WHO on vaccine programs, malaria control, and polio eradication.
Jersey Liang* Comparative studies of health, health care, and aging in the U.S. and several countries in East Asia.
Shoou-Yih Daniel Lee Work related to health literacy in Taiwan and involvement with researchers in Brazil to adapt an instrument, Short-Assessment of Health Literacy in Spanish-speaking Adults (SAHLSA), which will be developed in Portuguese.
Zoe McLaren The effect of health status on economic outcomes in developing countries. Focusing on the economic impact of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.
Rafael Meza Cancer risk assessment, multistage carcinogenesis models, smoking and lung cancer risk, cancer epidemiology, public health policy modeling, mathematical modeling of chronic and infectious diseases, cancers with infectious disease etiology. Faculty Spotlight
JoLynn Montgomery Characterization and control of vaccine preventable diseases, such as measles, in China
Arnold Monto Occurrence, etiology and prevention of infectious diseases in industrialized and developing countries.
David Musch Collaborative and consultative work with a team of investigators at the Beijing Tongren Eye Center, in the design and conduct of a multi-center clinical trial of angle closure glaucoma treatments and other clinical research on eye diseases and treatments.
Jerome Nriagu* Environmental justice and environmental health in developing countries
Marie O'Neill Air pollution and infant health in Mexico City; global climate change and health, with a focus on heat waves.
Ken Resnicow Smoking prevention programs for South African youth, harm reduction programs in Australia and South Africa.
Julia Richards Studies of underlying genetic components of glaucoma in Ghana.
Rudy Richardson Collaborative research with investigators in Russia on detection of and medical countermeasures against toxic chemical agents.
Thomas Robins Human resource capacity in environmental and occupational health in the 14-nation Southern Africa Development Community
John H. Romani (Emeritus) Research in South Africa on factors affecting population, health and the environment with a focus on perceptions of environmental problems and individual and collective actions taken to deal with these matters by both individual households and governments, locally and nationally
Maureen Sartor Supervision of statistical and bioinformatics analysis for a study related to BPA exposure in pre-adolescent females in rural versus urban Egyptian populations.
Ruth Simmons International family planning and reproductive health policies and programs.
Rachel Snow * Clinical and epidemiologic research on contraception, reproductive morbidity, and gender in several countries, including China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, South Africa, and Mexico with a research focuses on the effective integration of HIV interventions — clinical and social — into health systems.
Eduardo Villamor Child health during the nutrition transition: the Bogota School Children Cohort. NHLBI-Global Health Initiative Center of Excellence for the prevention of chronic disease in Mesoamerica and the Dominican Republic. Population-based studies in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology in collaboration with the Karolinska Institute, Sweden.
Kenneth Warner Economic and policy aspects of disease prevention and health promotion, with a special emphasis on tobacco and health, consultant with the World Health Organization and the World Bank including representative to the negotiations for adoption of the international tobacco control treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
Mark Wilson* Collaborative research on social and environmental determinants of emerging diseases, especially malaria and other vector-borne infections in Africa, South America, and the Middle East.
Zhenhua Yang Collaborations with the clinical microbiology laboratory of Innonu University, Malatya, Turkey, and the Hong Kong Health department to study the genetic mechanism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance in different geographic regions and to develop molecular methods for rapid detection of drug resistance in M. tuberculosis clinical isolates.

Mobile Health Technology in Bolivia

Few resources exist in low- and middle-income countries to help people with depression. But John Piette, co-director of the U-M Center for Managing Chronic Disease, and Mary Janevic, assistant research scientist, are using mobile-health interventions, including an "Interactive Voice Response" telephone system, to provide both self-care support to people with depression and feedback about patients' needs to community health workers. Piette and Janevic are currently working with SPH students to introduce this new health technology in Bolivia.

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John D. Piette, Ph.D. Mary Janevic, M.P.H., Ph.D.