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Li Liu, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E4144
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, Shefali Oza, Daniel Hogan, Jamie Perin, Igor Rudan, Joy E Lawn, Simon Cousens, Colin Mathers, Robert E Black. 2014. “Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality in 2000–13, with projections to inform post-2015 priorities: an updated systematic analysis”. Lancet. Epub ahead of time on Oct 1.

  • 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:

  • 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. 

  • 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.