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Taha El Tahir Taha, MBBS

Co-Director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Departmental Affiliation(s):

Division: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Population, Family and Reproductive Health (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E7138
Baltimore , Maryland   21205


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MBBS , University of Khartoum , 1975
PhD , Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , 1992
MPH , San Diego State University , 1986


Taha E. Taha MBBS, MCM, MPH, PhD, is Professor of Epidemiology and Population, Family and Reproductive Health. He is the Co-Director of the Infectious Disease Area of Concentration in the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD. Dr Taha is a physician with extensive training and experience in infectious diseases, community medicine, public health, and demography. Dr Taha is the principal investigator of the Malawi Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) – an NIH research consortium that includes the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, University of Malawi and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has also been the principal investigator of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) and the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) NIH-funded projects in Malawi. He is the principal investigator, co-principal investor or a co-investigator on other cooperative agreements, subcontracts or investigator-initiated NIH, CDC or other sources-funded research and training projects in Malawi. For approximately 20 years, Dr Taha has directed several large cohort studies and clinical trials in Malawi. His expertise is in conduct of epidemiologic studies in the area of HIV, sexually transmitted infections, malaria, other tropical diseases, and assessment of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the health of women and children. He has worked in several African countries. He has extensively published in the fields of HIV and genital tract infections. He has participated in teaching of graduate medical students and post-doctoral fellows in several countries in Africa, and currently is a full-time faculty in the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition to teaching and research, Dr Taha is extensively involved in training and development of infra-structure in African countries.  

Honors and Awards

SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP: Member-American Epidemiological Society Member-American College of Epidemiology Member-International Society of Epidemiology Member-American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

AWARDS: 2004-The Gustav J. Martin Innovation Research Fund Award, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 1992-The Paul A. Harper Award, The Johns Hopkins University. 1991-92-The Population Council Fellowship. 1988-90-The African Dissertation Fellowship Award, The Rockefeller Foundation. 1986-88-Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation Fellowship. 1986-Outstanding Graduate Award, San Diego State University. 1986-John Hanlon Award, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University. 1984-86-The African American Institute Fellowship.

Africa, AIDS, Antiretrovirals, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Malaria, Malawi, Microbicides, Perinatal HIV Transmission, Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

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  • Kafulafula G, Hoover DR,  Taha TE, Thigpen M, Li Q, Fowler MG, Kumwenda NI, Nkanaunena K, Mipando L, Mofenson LM. Frequency of Gastroenteritis-Associated Mortality with Early Weaning in HIV-I-Uninfected Children Born to HIV-Infected Women in Malawi. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. 2010, 53 (1):6-13.

  • Makanani B, Kumwenda J, Kumwenda N, Chen S, Tsui A, Taha TE. Resumption of Sexual Activity and Regular Menses Postpartum Among HIV-1 Infected African Women. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2010,108 (1):26-30.

  • Taha TE, Nour S, Li Q, Kumwenda N, Kafulafula G, Nkhoma C, Broadhead R. The effect of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Breastfeeding on the Nutritional Status of African Children. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 2010, 29 (6).