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William Brieger, DrPH

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E8543
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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DrPH, Johns Hopkins University, 1992
MPH, University of North Carolina


My major research objectives are to learn about the social, cultural and behavioural aspects of health and illness and related program design in the context of primary health care and health education in Africa. To date my research has focused on understanding both the preventive, illness and sick role behaviors related to endemic tropical and childhood illnesses, as well as the social, cultural and political influences on designing and delivering appropriate community based primary health case services to address these endemic health problems. I have endeavored to learn about health and health care from the community's perspective in order to develop communication bridges between consumers and providers, to learn appropriate community participation mechanisms and to strengthen community capacity during intervention research.

Some current projects include 1) Malaria in pregnancy control pilot project in Akwa Ibom State Nigeria, 2) Technical assistance to Nigeria malaria partners in resolving bottlenecks in Global Fund project implementation and Global Fund proposal writing, 3) Studying factors associated with annual compliance with ivermectin treatment for the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC), 4) Technical assistance to projects studying application of the community directed intervention approach of APOC to other health interventions.

Honors and Awards

Member, Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Alpha Chapter, The Johns Hopkins University, May 1992

Recipient, Douglas Leather Award, 1992, from the Editors of Health Education Research, Theory and Practice

Honorary Chieftaincy Title, the Atunluse of Idere Town, Oyo State Nigeria, August 1992

Honorary Chieftaincy Title, the Otun Baasegun of Igbo-ora Town, Oyo State Nigeria, May, 1994

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Department of Health Behaviour and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, July 1994

Member, Task Force on Community-Directed Treatment of Lymphatic Filariasis and Onchocerciasis (1999) and Task Force on Filariasis Intervention Research (2000, 2001), Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization.

Eunice Tyler Practice Award, March 2003, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina; awarded to alumni who have "made a notable impact on public health education."

Award of Merit – for Contributions to the Development of Public Health in Africa. Faculty of Public Health, University of Ibadan, 27th July 2008

  • International Health, health education, community participation, malaria, onchocerciasis, OpenCourseWare, primary health care, training, program evaluation, qualitative methods
  • Okeibunor JC, Orji BC, Brieger W, Ishola G, Otolorin EO, Rawlins B, Ndekhedehe EU, Onyeneho N, and Fink G. Preventing malaria in pregnancy through community-directed interventions: evidence from Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Malaria Journal 2011; 10:227

  • Brieger WR, Joseph C. Okeibunor JC, Abiose AO, Wanji S, Elhassan E, Ndyomugyenyi R, Amazigo UV. Compliance with Eight Years of Annual Ivermectin Treatment in Cameroon and Nigeria. Parasites & Vectors 2011, 4:152.

  • Roman E, Rawlins B, Gomez P, Dineen R, Dickerson A, Brieger W. Malaria in Pregnancy: The Dynamic Relationship between Policy and Program Implementation. Harvard Health policy Review 2008; 9(1): 46-57.

  • Spaulding AB and Brieger WR. “We talk of AIDS because we love life”: a stakeholder assessment of HIV/AIDS organizations in Buenos Aires, Argentina. International Quarterly of Community Health Education 2006-07; 27(4): 299-319.

  • Ngongo CJ, Mathingau FA, Burke H, Brieger W, Frick K, Chapman K, Brieman R. Community participation to refine measures of socio-economic status in urban slum settings. International Quarterly of Community Health Education 2007-08; 28(1): 33-49.