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Li Liu, PhD

Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliation(s):

International Health
Division: Global Disease Epidemiology and Control

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E5036
Baltimore , Maryland   21205


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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 covered by major media outlets, 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 intervention coverage, burden of disease, population and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, health information system, methods to conduct and analyze large poulation surveys, and mHealth

    Selected recent publications


    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. 


    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:


    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. 


    Li Liu, Stan Becker, Amy Tsui, and Saifuddin Ahmed. 2008. “Three Methods of Estimating Births Averted Nationally by Contraception”. Population Studies 62(2): 191-210. 


    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: