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Professor David Peters

Professor David Peters

Professor and Incoming Chair of
International Health
David Peters, MD, DrPH, MPH

New Edgar Berman Professor and Chair
David Peters, MD, DrPH, MPH

Professor David Peters, MD, DrPH, MPH, has worked in health systems as a researcher, policy advisor, educator, manager, and clinician in dozens of developing countries over the last two decades. His work addresses the performance of health systems, poverty and health systems, implementation of health services in low-income countries, innovations in organization, technology, and financing of health systems, the role of the private sector, and institutional capacity in low-income countries.

Since 2009, Peters has been the Director of the Health Systems Program, which has over 20 staff, 75 students and 40 faculty who lead approximately 60 research grants across the globe.

Since 2005, he has been the director of Future Health Systems (FHS): Innovations for Equity. FHS is a consortium of researchers from Uganda, Nigeria, India, China, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, the UK, and the USA, which is aimed at generating knowledge to shape health systems to benefit the poor.

During his public health career, Peters has been an advisor to a number of international organizations, including the Global Fund to Combat AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and the World Economic Forum, and has provided technical assistance to governments in Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, and development agencies (WHO, World Bank, CIDA, DFID, and USAID).

While at the World Bank, he worked on health sector programs and policy work in West Africa and India, and led the analytic and policy work on health services in low- and middle-income countries. He also conducted the largest country health study ever conducted by the Bank, which was carried out in India. His work there led him to publish several books, including Improving Health Service Delivery in Developing Countries: From Evidence to Action and Better Health Systems for India’s Poor.

He was a pioneer in the development of Sector Wide Approaches (SWAps) in health, a strategy now commonly used to define and implement national health programs in developing countries. Using this approach, he led the development and implementation of the first-of-its-kind national Balanced Scorecard to assess and manage health services in Afghanistan. This approach is now commonly used to link strategy to implementation and monitoring for health programs in several developing countries.

As Chair, he plans to continue his health systems research on strengthening health systems and studying innovations to better serve the poor, including the application of complex adaptive system models and intervening in health markets. His most recent book, which includes contributions from IH faculty and alumni, examines this topic: Transforming Health Markets in Asia and Africa—Improving Quality and Access for the Poor.

His tenure as Chair of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health officially begins May 1, 2013.