Joel Gittelsohn, PhD
Center & Institute Affiliations
615 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21205
PhD, University of Connecticut - Storrs, 1989
MS, University of Connecticut - Storrs, 1986
Joel Gittelsohn, PhD, MSc, Professor, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University, is a medical anthropologist who specializes in the use of qualitative and quantitative information to design, implement and evaluate health and nutrition intervention programs. Dr. Gittelsohn integrates qualitative and quantitative approaches to better understand culture-based beliefs and behaviors regarding dietary patterns, and how these factors influence the success or failure of dietary and lifestyle modification strategies. He applies these methods and interventions for the prevention of obesity and diabetes among different indigenous and ethnic groups, to nutrient deficiencies of Nepalese children and women, and to improve infant feeding in diverse settings (The Gambia; Hartford, CT; Peru). He is currently working on chronic disease interventions among the White Mountain and San Carlos Apache (obesity prevention), the Ojibwa-Cree (diabetes prevention), African American church-going women (cardiovascular disease prevention) and children and adults in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (obesity and undernutrition prevention).
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Honors and Awards
2012 Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Award, bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
2005 Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Award, bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
2002 Best Paper of the Year, 2001-2002, Health Education and Behavior, for Cortes, LM, Gittelsohn, J, Alfred J, and Palafox, N (2001) “Formative Research to Inform Intervention Development for Diabetes Prevention in the Republic of the Marshall Islands,” Health Education and Behavior 28(6):696-715.
1993 The Johns Hopkins University Teaching Quality Award
1991 The Johns Hopkins University Golden Apple Teaching Award
- International Health, Nutritional anthropology
- dietary patterns
- nutrition intervention
- obesity prevention
- diabetes prevention
- environmental interventions
- food store programs
Ho LS*, Gittelsohn J, Sharma S, Cao X, Treuth M, Rimal R, Harris SB (2008). “Food related behavior, physical activity, and dietary intake in First Nations – a population at high risk for diabetes,” Ethnicity and Health, Sep;13(4):335-49.
Gittelsohn J, Franceschini MC*, Rasooly I, Ries AV*, Ho LS*, Pavlovich W*, Santos VT*, Jennings S* and Frick KD. (2007) “Understanding the food environment in a low income urban setting: Implications for food store interventions,” Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 2(2/3): 33-50.
Ho LS*, Gittelsohn J, Rimal R, Treuth M, Sharma S, Rosecrans A*, Harris SB, (2008) “An integrated multi-institutional diabetes prevention program improves knowledge and healthy food acquisition in northwestern Ontario First Nations,” Health Education and Behavior, May 2. [Epub ahead of print]
Ahn M*, Juon H-S and Gittelsohn J, (2008) "Association of Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, Acculturation, and Environmental Factors with At Risk of Overweight among Adolescents in California," Preventing Chronic Disease, 5(3), July.