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Maria Merritt, PhD

  • Associate Chair, Student Matters
  • Associate Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E8150
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1999


Maria Merritt is a core faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. A major objective of Dr. Merritt’s current research, in collaboration with colleagues, is to develop a novel methodology for considering social justice impacts side-by-side with cost-effectiveness as part of economic evaluation in health policy. Dr. Merritt’s other areas of scholarly interest include the ethics of public health research in low- and middle-income countries – particularly questions about researchers’ responsibilities to benefit research participants and populations – and moral psychology, the study of feeling, thought, and action in morally significant contexts.

Dr. Merritt serves as Associate Chair for Student Matters in the JHSPH Department of International Health, and as Program Officer for the JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics.

Honors and Awards

Student Assembly Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Commitment to Student Success, 2017

Principal Investigator, NIH award number 1R01AI114458-01A1, 2015-19, "Assessing Social Justice in Economic Evaluation to Scale up Novel MDR-TB Regimens" (award issued by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

Recognition for teaching excellence as principal instructor of JHSPH course, Ethics of Public Health Practice in Developing Countries (221.616.01), 4th term 2015-16; 2014-15; 2012-13; and 2011-12

Co-Investigator, NIH award number 1R01AI085147-01A1, 2010-14, "Ancillary Care in Community-Based Research: Deciding What to Do" (PI Holly A. Taylor; award issued by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics career development award, 2009-12, “Researchers’ Obligations in Community-Based Research: Resolving Dilemmas of Care”

Faculty Innovation Fund, 2007-08, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, "Ancillary Care in Public Health Intervention Research in Resource-Limited Settings: Researchers' Practices and Decision-Making"(Co-PI Holly A. Taylor)

Faculty Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, Harvard University, 2005-06

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Clinical Bioethics, National Institutes of Health, 2000-02

Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University, 1987-90

  • Bioethics
  • Global Health
  • Public Health Ethics
  • International Research Ethics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Moral Psychology

Most recent peer-reviewed publications:

  • Krubiner CB, Merritt MW. Which strings attached: ethical considerations for selecting appropriate conditionalities in conditional cash transfer programs,” Journal of Medical Ethics (2016): Published Online First: 5 October 2016: doi:10.1136/medethics-2016-103386.
  • Pratt B, Merritt MW, Hyder AA. Towards deep inclusion for equity-oriented health research priority-setting: a working model,” Social Science & Medicine (2016): 151:215-224.
  • Merritt MW, Katz J, Mojtabai R, West KP, Jr. (2015). Referral of research participants for ancillary care in community-based public health intervention research: a guiding framework. Public Health Ethics (2015): doi: 10.1093/phe/phv021 (published online September 2015).
  • Krubiner CB, Syed RH, Merritt MW (2015). Guidance on health researchers’ ancillary-care responsibilities in low-resource settings: the current institutional landscape. IRB: Ethics and Human Research 37(2):12-19.
  • Bailey TC, Merritt MW, Tediosi F (2015). Investing in justice: ethics, evidence, and the eradication investment cases for lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis. American Journal of Public Health 105(4):629-636.