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Protecting Health, Saving Lives—Millions at a Time


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 Humanitarian 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. 


Courtland Robinson, PhD Courtland Robinson, PhD

Associate Professor and Co-Director, MAS in Humanitarian Health

Dr. Robinson received his PhD in Demography from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2004 and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of International Health (with a joint appointment in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health) and also Deputy Director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response. He has worked in the field of refugee and disaster programs and policy since 1979, with positions in the United States (Indochina Refugee Action Center and the US Committee for Refugees) and internationally (Save the Children, World Education, Mercy Corps and the Asian Research Center for Migration). His research interests have focused on populations in migration, whether displaced by conflict or natural disaster, or in the context of migrant labor and human trafficking.  Recent projects include: evaluation of the impact of humanitarian aid on durable solutions for populations displaced by the tsunami in Indonesia; measuring impact of migration and displacement on physical and mental health of older adults in the Republic of Georgia; a study of drought and famine on mortality and displacement in Somalia; and a three-country study of sexual and reproductive needs and services for very young adolescent (10-14 year old) refugees (Somalis in Ethiopia, Burmese in Thailand, and Syrians in Lebanon). Read Bio.


Paul Spiegel, MD Paul Spiegel, MD

Professor of the Practice and Co-Director, MAS in Humanitarian Health

Dr. Spiegel is the Program Director for the MAS program in Humanitarian Health. Dr. Spiegel is a physician by training, is internationally recognized for his research on preventing and responding to complex humanitarian emergencies. Before becoming CRDR Director, Paul was the deputy director of the Division of Programme Management and Support Services for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Prior to joining the UN in 2002, Paul worked as a medical epidemiologist in the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also worked as a medical coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontières and Médecins du Monde in refugee emergencies, as well as a consultant for numerous organizations. Read Bio.


Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

Dan Barnett, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health & Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), where he holds a joint appointment in Health Policy and Management.  His work focuses on leveraging applied research to examining and enhancing public health preparedness systems’ readiness for disasters across the all-hazards continuum and across the disaster lifecycle. He directs the Preparedness Certificate program at JHSPH, where he is on the Core Practice Faculty, and conducts preparedness and other trainings for the public health workforce as PI for the HRSA-funded Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center - Johns Hopkins Local Performance SiteRead Bio.


Judy Bass, PhD Judy Bass, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Bass is an associate professor in the Department of Mental Health with a joint appointment at the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her PhD in psychiatric epidemiology from Johns Hopkins, and Masters in Public Health and Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.  Her areas of expertise include designing and evaluating methods for assessing mental health in non-Western cultures and investigating the effectiveness of innovative prevention and intervention strategies in collaboration with in-country service providers.  Her research interests include designing and evaluating methods for assessing mental health and mental illness in non-Western cultures with the intention for using these assessments to investigate effectiveness of innovative prevention and intervention strategies. Dr. Bass is also interested in the interconnectedness of mental health and economic development with the goal of understanding how interventions and programs addressing each of these domains can be integrated to better improve health and well-being. Through this work, she is committed to improving the evidence-base for mental health and psychosocial programming in low-resource settings. Read Bio.


William Brieger, DrPHWilliam Brieger, DrPH


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. 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.


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


Shannon Doocy, PhD Shannon Doocy, PhD

Associate Professor 

Dr. Doocy's research focuses on populations affected by disasters and conflict, including both refugees and internally displaced populations. It includes improving assessment methodologies in post-disaster settings and urban refugee contexts; population based studies of mortality and injury in rapid onset natural disasters and conflict; assessment of nutrition status and food security in internally displaced and refugee populations; and monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian assistance programs with a focus on cash interventions, livelihoods, and food insecurity.  Current and recent research and projects have been implemented in collaboration with NGOs, UN agencies, and other academic institutions in a variety of countries including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Pakistan, the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Haiti. 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


Stephen Gange, PhD Stephen Gange, PhD


Dr. Gange was appointed executive vice provost for academic affairs in October 2015 to facilitate and advance strategic academic priorities and initiatives.  In this role, Dr. Gange collaborates with vice provosts, deans, and university leadership to inform the direction of our institution’s academic affairs. Dr. Gange’s responsibilities include providing leadership to academic affairs committees, enhancing the educational experience for Johns Hopkins students, and fostering innovations in teaching and learning. Prior to joining the Office of the Provost, Dr. Gange was the senior associate dean for academic affairs at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He joined the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology after receiving his Ph.D. in statistics in 1994 and was appointed professor in 2007 before serving as a deputy chair and director of the doctoral program. Dr. Gange has significant leadership experience with national and international HIV studies and has directed several analysis centers, including the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research Biostatistics and Epidemiology Methods Core. Dr. Gange has been the primary instructor for a spectrum of onsite and online methods courses and has led his department’s Gateway Sciences Initiative to foster the innovation and modernization of introductory courses.  In 2015, Dr. Gange received the School of Public Health’s Ernest Lyman Stebbins Medal recognizing outstanding contribution to the school’s teaching programs. Read Bio


Elizabeth Golub, PhD, MEdElizabeth Golub, PhD, MEd

Senior Lecturer and Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning

Dr. Golub is Director of the School’s Online Programs for Applied Learning. She currently serves as primary instructor for one blended on-site course and two online courses at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as two online courses at the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Her primary research interests include the effects of HIV infection and treatment on women's reproductive health, and evaluating the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy in observational studies. She serves as Principal Investigator of the Data Management and Analysis Center for the Women’s Interagency HIV Study, the largest ongoing prospective cohort study of HIV among women in the United States. 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.

Leonard Rubenstein, JD Leonard Rubenstein, JD

Associate Professor

Dr. Rubenstein is a lawyer who has spent his career in human rights, and now focuses particularly on health and human rights, especially the protection of health in armed conflict, and the roles of health professionals in human rights. At Johns Hopkins he is core faculty of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights and the Berman Institute of Bioethics. Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins he served as Executive Director and then President of Physicians for Human Rights, as a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, and as Executive Director of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Mr. Rubenstein’s current work includes advancing protection of health facilities, patients, and health workers in situations of conflict, developing a screening tool to identify survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in refugee settings, and exploring ethical responsibilities of health professionals to advance human rights. Mr. Rubenstein founded and chairs the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition. Read Bio.


Lauren Sauer, MS Lauren Sauer, MS

Assistant Professor

Research associate in the Department of Emergency Medicine where she studies quality of aid in response to disasters and the effects of disasters on healthcare infrastructure. She joined the department in 2005 and became research faculty in 2011. Lauren is also the Program Manager for the National Center for Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response, a Homeland Security Center of Excellence.  She is the current co-chair for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Disaster Interest Group and the Co-Director for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine disaster course. She is a Core Team Leader on the Johns Hopkins Go Team, a deployable Medical Asset. She has worked remotely and on the ground on several disaster responses including Hurricane Katrina, the 2009 California Wildfires, the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan floods. Lauren has spoken both nationally and internationally on a variety of disaster medicine topics and has participated in the US Navy’s Continuing Promise missions in 2010 and 2011 and Pacific Partnership Mission in 2012. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications in disaster medicine, public health preparedness and surge capacity metrics. 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.


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