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Jennifer Callaghan-Koru, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E8132
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2011
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2008


My main research interests are in: 1) the design and evaluation of community-based interventions for maternal, neonatal, and child health in low-income countries; 2) the study of social determinants of health and equity of health programs.  My research experience is in mixed-methods approaches for assessing interventions and evaluating health outcomes and equity. I have experience in designing and conducting qualitative research studies, assessing the quality of health services, and in conducting population-based survey research. I have worked on neonatal, child, and maternal health research projects in a variety of low-income settings, including two intervention design projects in Bangladesh and evaluations of large-scale maternal and child health interventions in Malawi, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.

Honors and Awards

NIH Loan Repayment Program for Pediatric Research, 2012-2014 & 2014-2016Faculty Pilot Grants in Global Health, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, 2011Finalist, Lancet and Global Forum Young Researchers for Health, 2010Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2005-2006Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, 2002Highest Honors, University of Virginia, 2002Echols Scholar Honors Program, University of Virginia, 1998-2002National Merit Semifinalist and Scholarship Winner, 1998

  • Maternal, neonatal, and child health
  • Equity and social determinants of health
  • Mixed-methods research
  • Program evaluation
  • Behavioral and community-based interventions
  • Hunter, E. C., Callaghan-Koru, J. A., Al Mahmud, A., Shah, R., Farzin, A., Cristofalo, E. A., . . . Baqui, A. H. Newborn care practices in rural Bangladesh: Implications for the adaptation of kangaroo mother care for community-based interventions. Social Science & Medicine(0). doi:

  • Callaghan-Koru JA, Seifu A, Tholandi M, de Graft-Johnson J, Daniel E, Rawlins B, et al. Newborn care practices at home and in health facilities in 4 regions of Ethiopia. BMC Pediatrics 2013;13(1):198.

  • Callaghan-Koru JA, Nonyane BAS, Guenther T, Sitrin D, Ligowe R, Chimbalanga E, et al. Contribution of community-based newborn helath promotion to reducing inequities in healthy newborn care practices and knowledge:  evidence of improvement from a three-district pilot program in Malawi. BMC Public Health 2013;13:1052.

  • Callaghan-Koru JA, Gilroy K, Hyder AA, George A, Nsona H, Mtimuni A, et al. Health systems supports for community case management of childhood illness: lessons from an assessment of early implementation in Malawi. BMC Health Services Research 2013;13(1):55.

  • Gilroy KE, Callaghan-Koru JA, Cardemil CV, Nsona H, Amouzou A, Mtimuni A, et al. Quality of sick child care delivered by Health Surveillance Assistants in Malawi. Health Policy and Planning 2012;28(6):573-85.