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Li Liu, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E4144
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


For a full list of publications and their citations, please see my Google Scholar page

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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2008
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006
MBBS, Peking University Health Science Center, 2001


Blending background and interests in demography, biostatistics, medicine, and maternal and child health, Dr. Liu's research aims to improve reproductive, maternal and child health (RMCH) through applying demographic and population health strategies. One of her current research projects focuses on estimating burden of child mortality by cause at the global, regional, national, and subnational levels. A number of Dr. Liu's research publications have been widely cited. Some have also been featured on major media, such as New York Times and BBC News.

Honors and Awards

Endowed Fellowship in Family Planning and Reproductive Health: 2006 – 2007, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health Tuition and Stipend Fellowship: 2004 – 2006, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Josephine Kohn and Family Fund Award: 2002 – 2004, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Outstanding Undergraduate: 2000, Beijing Department of Education

Medical Education Scholarship of United Laboratories: 2000, Peking University Health Science Center

Scholarship for Academic Excellence: 1996 – 1999, Peking University Health Science Center


Editorial Board Membership

Journal of Global Health

  • Child cause of death
  • Child mortality
  • Maternal neonatal and child health (MNCH) intervention coverage
  • Burden of disease
  • Population and reproductive health
  • Health information system
  • Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS)
  • Methods to conduct and analyze large population surveys
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Systems science

Below is a list of selected peer-reviewed publications from 38 papers I have published to date. Among them, I have published 29 peer-reviewed papers, 3 invited articles or editorials, and 6 chapters/monographs/books. I have first-authored 14 out of the 38 papers. Ten of the 38 papers appeared in The Lancet with an impact factor of 45.217. According to Google Scholar, by June 7, 2016, my publications have received 5,363 citations with an h-index of 13 and an i10-index of 18. For a full list of my publications and their citations, please see my Google Scholar page (a link is provided above).

  • Li Liu, Shefali Oza, Daniel Hogan, Jamie Perin, Igor Rudan, Joy E Lawn, Simon Cousens, Colin Mathers, Robert E Black. 2015. “Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality in 2000–13, with projections to inform post-2015 priorities: an updated systematic analysis”. Lancet. 385:430-440. (IF: 45.217; citations: 353)
  • Li Liu, Hope L. Johnson, Simon Cousens, Jamie Perin, Susana Scott, Joy Lawn, Igor Rudan, Harry Campbell, Richard Cibulskis, Mengying Li, Colin Mathers, and Robert E. Black, for the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) of WHO and UNICEF. 2012. “Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality: an updated systematic analysis for 2010 with time trends since 2000”. Lancet. 379: 2151-61. (IF: 45.217; citations: 1606; ranks number 9 among the 25 most cited Lancet articles published since 2011 based on Scopus, available at:, accessed on April 22, 2016)
  • Li Liu, Mengying Li, Lirong Ju, Li Yang, Xiuqin Tan, Neff Walker, Jennifer Bryce, Harry Campbell, Robert E. Black, and Yan Guo. 2013. “Measuring coverage in MNCH: A validation study linking population survey derived coverage to maternal, newborn, and child health care records in rural China”. PLoS ONE 8(5): e60762. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0060762. Available at: (IF: 3.234; citations: 12)
  • Saifuddin Ahmed, Qingfeng Li, Li Liu, and Amy O. Tsui. 2012. “Maternal deaths averted by contraceptive use: an analysis of 172 countries”. Lancet. 380: 111-25. (IF: 45.127; citations: 215)
  • Li Liu, Rosanna Setse, Neil R Powe, and Wanda K Nicholson. 2013. “The Effect of Depression Symptoms and Social Support on Black-White Differences in Health-Related Quality of Life in Early Pregnancy: The Health Status in Pregnancy (HIP) Study”. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 13:125 doi:10.1186/1471-2393-13-125. Available at: (IF: 2.190; citations: 5)