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The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is comprised of over 650 full-time faculty including professors, scientists, lecturers, instructors and researchers. These renowned experts in the field are shaping public health through teaching, research, and application. 

The Master of Applied Science in Community-based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health is an interdisciplinary fully online, part-time degree. Faculty contribute to the program via course development, teaching, and advising students. Below are a few of the experts students will learn from. 




William Brieger, DrPHWilliam Brieger, DrPH

Professor and Director, Certificate in Global Health Practice, MAS in Global Health Planning and Management and MAS in Community-based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health

Dr. William (Bill) Brieger is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) in International Health from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is a Professor in both the Health Systems and the Social and Behavioral Interventions Programs of the Department of International Health and also serves as JHPIEGO’s Senior Malaria Specialist. Dr. Brieger is the Program Director for the MAS in Community-based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health. He is internationally renowned for his expertise in the social and behavioral aspects of disease control and prevention, with special emphasis formative research and behavior change program design and evaluation. A particular focus has been on training peer educators, community volunteers and other community resource persons to take an active role in health education and health service delivery. He has served as a consultant in developing community participation, health education and health systems strengthening interventions with organization such as U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, JHU Center for Communication Programs (JHU-CCP), World Bank, the World Health Organization, African Program for Onchocerciasis Control, UNICEF, Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, US Peace Corps and various USAID implementing partners. Bill was a member of the Mectizan Expert Committee and is currently a member of the RBM Harmonization Working Group. Read Bio.

Abdullah Baqui, DrPH Abdullah Baqui, DrPH


Dr. Baqui's current research is directed towards the improvement of neonatal, child, and maternal health in low-income countries by enhancing the understanding of the major causes of neonatal, child, and maternal morbidity and mortality by designing and testing cost-effective public health interventions against them, and by conducting evaluation and implementation research in support of large programs. Dr. Baqui decided to focus his research efforts primarily on neonatal health because this is a much neglected area. He felt that as a physician and epidemiologist he was in a unique position to make contributions in this area because of his experience with conducting numerous large field trials in the broad area of child health. In addition, he could apply the lessons learned in health systems and policy work to neonatal and maternal health. During the last sixteen years of his service with the IH department, he hase successfully raised funds to develop large scale research projects and established partnerships and field sites. Dr. Baqui currently has active projects in Bangladesh and Tanzania. Read Bio.

Gilbert Burnham, MD, PhD Gilbert Burnham, MD, PhD


Dr. Burnham is the founder of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at Johns Hopkins. He has extensive experience in emergency preparedness and response, particularly in humanitarian needs assessment, program planning, and evaluation that address the needs of vulnerable populations, and the development and implementation of training programs. He has worked extensively in the development and evaluation of community-based health program planning and implementation, health information system development, management and analysis, and health system analysis. Dr Burnham's work has involved numerous humanitarian and development programs for multilateral and non-governmental organizations, regional health departments, ministries of health (national and district level), and communities in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Recent activities include work with health systems and displaced populations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan and Lebanon. Dr. Burnham teaches a number of graduate courses in public health of displaced populations and community health program development. Read Bio.

Aruna Chandran, MDAruna Chandran, MD

Associate Scientist 

Dr. Aruna Chandran is a social epidemiologist and pediatrician, whose primary research interest is in applying epidemiologic methods to address the influences of socioeconomic and place-based factors on health disparities. She is part of a team evaluating the effectiveness of a demonstration project aimed to improve HIV prevention and treatment for vulnerable populations in Baltimore City. She is also a member of the data analysis centers for two large cohort consortia. Dr. Chandran’s clinical practice is focused on pediatric emergency and urgent care.  She is involved in teaching introductory epidemiology courses both at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the School of Medicine.  Prior to joining the Department of Epidemiology, Dr. Chandran served for two years as the Chief of Epidemiologic Services at the Baltimore City Health Department. Read Bio.

Aruna Chandran, MDAvonne Connor, PhD

Assistant Professor 

Dr. Connor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and holds a joint appointment in Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a breast cancer study to evaluate novel approaches to address survival disparities among African American, Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women from New Mexico and Maryland. Her research focuses on the roles of modifiable risk factors with breast cancer incidence and mortality among diverse study populations. In addition to directing the Online Introduction to Epidemiology course, she is a lab instructor in the core Epidemiologic Methods series and serves as a the course director for two cancer epidemiology courses - Etiology, Prevention, and Control of Cancer and Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control during the Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins. Read Bio.

Anbrasi Edwards, PhD Anbrasi Edward, PhD

Associate Scientist

Dr. Edward is full-time faculty in the department of International Health and co-instructs several management and primary health care courses at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has over 15 years of experience mostly in Africa and Asia, providing technical assistance to several USAID funded initiatives for program planning and evaluation and developing community based systems for improved health service delivery including countries emerging from/or in post conflict like Cambodia, Rwanda, Mozambique, and Mindanao, Philippines. Her recent research has been focused on health system evaluation performance measures for the World Bank, PAHO, and JSI. The first partnership with the center began with the health reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan in 2002 with World Relief. Currently, she is a co-principal investigator for the evaluation of the Afghanistan Ministry’s national program for Strengthening Health Services for the Rural Poor and also the principal investigator for a feasibility research on community score cards to improve health service quality and utilization for the Future Health Systems Consortium. She also leads the JHU partnership with MSH for USAID’s Leadership Management and Governance Project. Read Bio.

Anna Kalbarczyk, MPH Anna Kalbarczyk, MPH

Research Associate

Ms. Kalbarczyk oversees all of the operations at the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health which services the entire University and aims to promote interdisciplinarity in global health. Her work and research aims to improve the capacity of academic institutions to support global health training across the continuum of education. Areas of focus include 1) developing successful field training experiences, 2) improving and informing mentorship practices in global health, 3) building capacity with partner institutions, and 4) integrating disciplines. Read Bio.

Alain Labrique, PhD Alain Labrique, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Alain Labrique is an infectious disease epidemiologist by training, with a background in molecular biology. Dr. Labrique serves on the faculty in the Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program of the Department of International Health, with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology.  Having completed graduate research at UNC-Chapel Hill, studying centromere dynamics in yeast, Dr. Labrique shifted focus from the microscopic to human populations by pursuing a master’s and doctorate in Epidemiology at  the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. With colleagues at the ICDDR-B, Dr. Labrique conducted the first epidemiologic studies of hepatitis E virus infections in rural Bangladesh, characterizing this emerging pathogen. From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Labrique served as the resident JHU Project Scientist and Country Representative for the JiVitA Project, a large maternal and child health research project in northwestern rural Bangladesh, testing the impact of low-dose vitamin A supplementation during pregnancy and lactation on reducing maternal morbidity and mortality, as well as an infant mortality reduction trial through high-dose vitamin A supplementation of newborns. In addition to teaching and mentoring students at the School, for which he was recently awarded an Excellence in Advising Award from President Ronald Daniels, and continued involvement as a Lead Investigator with the JiVitA micronutrient research projects, Dr. Labrique is working on defining the consequences of hepatitis E infections in pregnant women in South Asia, reducing nosocomial infections in hospitalized neonates, and exploring the role of intrapartum infections, such as bacterial vaginosis, on pregnancy outcomes and neonatal mortality.  Read Bio.

Maria Merritt, PhD Maria Merritt, PhD

Associate Professor

Maria Merritt is a core faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. A major objective of Dr. Merritt’s current research, in collaboration with colleagues, is to develop a novel methodology for considering social justice impacts side-by-side with cost-effectiveness as part of economic evaluation in health policy. Dr. Merritt’s other areas of scholarly interest include the ethics of public health research in low- and middle-income countries – particularly questions about researchers’ responsibilities to benefit research participants and populations – and moral psychology, the study of feeling, thought, and action in morally significant contexts. Dr. Merritt serves as Associate Chair for Student Matters in the JHSPH Department of International Health, and as Program Officer for the JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics. Read Bio.

John McGready, PhD John McGready, PhD

Senior Scientist

Since joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, Dr. McGready has split his time between research collaborations and statistical education. He is the primary instructor for three on-site courses, four online courses, as well as being co-creator and instructor of intensive data analysis workshops offered in the School's Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. McGready has won numerous teaching awards, from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Association of Schools of Public Health, and the American Statistical Association. He is actively involved in collaborative research with investigators from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Read Bio.

Henry Perry, MD Henry Perry, MD

Senior Scientist

Dr. Perry's primary research interest concerns the impact of community-based primary health care programs on health improvement, especially on the health of mothers and children. He has a broad interest in primary health care and community-oriented public health, community participation, and equity and empowerment. A secondary research interest concerns health systems strengthening and strengthening basic and essential surgical services in developing countries. Read Bio.

Summer Rosenstock, PhD Summer Rosenstock, PhD

Associate Scientist

Dr. Summer Rosenstock is an epidemiologist with a background in biochemistry. She joined the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in 2014, providing methodological and statistical analysis expertise. She also serves on the faculty of the Social Behavioral Interventions Program in the Department of International Health, through which she has enjoyed teaching and mentoring students. Over the course of her career, Dr. Rosenstock has had the opportunity to live and work on three continents across a broad spectrum of topics. Her research interests are focused on understanding how biological, environmental, and social determinants interact to impact health and disparities in underserved populations. She enjoys applying rigorous statistical methods to complex public health problems, and is passionate about presenting actionable data in an approachable way that can be used to incite change. Some of her work has included maternal/neonatal/child health (Nepal, Indonesia, and Bangladesh), nutrition/childhood obesity/type II diabetes (Indonesia, Chicago and American Indian populations in the US), STIs/HIV/AIDS (Togo and American Indian populations in the US), HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing (Togo), malaria (Togo and Indonesia), infectious disease surveillance (Egypt), and mental health and binge substance use (American Indian populations in the US). Read Bio.

Derek Ng, PhD Amal Wanigatunga, PhD

Assistant Scientist

Dr. Wanigatunga is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology and associate faculty with the Center on Aging and Health. His primary focus is exploring the intersection between physical activity, function, and disability in older adult populations. Currently, most of his research focuses on physical activity measured in the BLSA (Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging), an ongoing study of normative aging in well-functioning older adults. He is an active research collaborator with investigators spanning across the John Hopkins Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing. In addition to co-instructing the Online Introduction to Epidemiology course, he serves as a lab instructor in the core Epidemiologic Methods series held on campus.  Read Bio.

William Weiss, DrPH William Weiss, DrPH

Associate Scientist

Dr. Weiss' research interest is management of health systems in low and middle income countries, with a special interest in health systems serving populations affected by humanitarian emergencies and disasters. His particular topic of interest is collection and use of information to: (1) improve impact, coverage and quality of health and development programs, and (2) build the competence of health workers and communities to take on increasingly more responsibility for managing health programs that serve them. Availability of methods for data collection, management and analysis---that are appropriate to both the skills and decision needs of persons who will use these methods---is of special concern. Read Bio.


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* Total tuition using rates for the 2020-2021 academic year, inclusive of the OPAL Scholarship.