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  Thesis Publication Award for International Health Doctoral Graduates & Students

The Department of International Health presents an award to all eligible applicants who publish two manuscripts in the peer-reviewed literature based on their doctoral thesis. The manuscripts must be published within 2 years from the date of the student’s graduation from an International Health doctoral program. Starting with graduates from the 2015-16 academic year, recipients receive a certificate and will be highlighted on the Department’s website, along with links to the graduate’s publications. The recognized graduate may also note this award in his/her CV. The award does not currently have any monetary value, but is meant to encourage graduates to publish their thesis work so that the results are available to public health researchers and practitioners, and for the benefit of their own careers and that of their mentors. The official name of the award is the Thesis Research Publication Award of the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Advisers can nominate their students or graduates can nominate themselves by sending an email to Audrey Lindahl with the name of the graduate and the citations of the doctoral thesis peer-reviewed publications.

Thesis Publication Awards



International Health Academic Program


Peer-reviewed articles

Katharine Shelley, PhD '17Health SystemsProfessor and Chair David Peters

Shelley KD, Frumence G, Mpembeni R, George AS, Stuart EA, Killewo J, Baqui AH, Peters DH. Can volunteer community health workers manage multiple roles? An interrupted time-series analysis of combined HIV and maternal and child health promotion in Iringa, Tanzania. Health Policy and Planning. 33(10): 1096-1106; 2018.

Shelley KD, Mpembeni R, Frumence G, Stuart EA, Killewo J, Baqui AH, Peters DH. Integrating community health worker roles to improve facility delivery utilization in Tanzania—evidence from an interrupted time series analysis. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 23(10): 1327-1338; 2019.

Shelley KD, Frumence G, Mpembeni R, Mwinnyaa G, Joachim J, Kadria Kasusi H, Killewo J, Baqui AH, Peters DH, George AS. “Because even the person living with HIV/AIDS might need to make babies” – Perspectives on the drivers of feasibility and acceptability of an integrated community health worker model in Iringa, Tanzania. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 8(9): 538-49; 2019. 

Yuen Wai Hung, PhD '17Health SystemsAssociate Professor Abdulgafoor Bachani 

Hung YW, Musci R, Tol W, Aketch S, Bachani AM. Longitudinal depressive and anxiety symptoms of adult injury patients in Kenya and their risk factors. Disability and rehabilitation. 2019 May 12:1-9.

Hung YW, Tol W, Musci R, Aketch S, Bachani AM. Trauma exposure, posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms trajectory, and disability level among hospitalized injury survivors in Kenya. Journal of traumatic stress. 2019 Feb;32(1):108-18.

Hung YW, Gallo JJ, Tol W, Syokau R, Bachani AM. Distress and resilience among unintentional injuries survivors in Kenya: a qualitative study. Rehabilitation psychology. 2019.

Veena Sriram, PhD ’17Health Systems Professor Sara Bennett 

Sriram, V., George, AS., Baru, RV., Bennett, SC. Socialization, legitimation and the transfer of biomedical knowledge to low- and middle-income countries: analyzing the case of emergency medicine in India. International Journal for Equity in Health (December 2018, 17:142)

Sriram V, Baru, RV, Bennett SC. Regulating recognition and training for new medical specialties in India: the case of emergency medicine. Health Policy Plan. 2018 Sep 1;33(7):840-852. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czy055.

Sriram V, Hyder AA, Bennett S. The making of a new medical specialty: A policy analysis of the development of emergency medicine in India. Int J Health Policy Manag 2018, 1 - 14. doi 10.15171/ijhpm.2018.55

Brittany Kmush, PhD 16’

Global Disease Epidemiology and ControlAssociate Professor Alain Labrique

Kmush BL, Zaman K, Yunus M, Saha P, Nelson KE, Labrique AB. A Ten Year Immunopersistence Study of Hepatitis E Antibodies in Rural Bangladesh. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 Mar 23. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwy044. [Epub ahead of print]

Kmush BL, Labrique AB, Dalton HR, Ahmed ZB, Ticehurst JR, Heaney CD, Nelson KE, Zaman K. Two Generations of "Gold Standards": The Impact of a Decade in Hepatitis E Virus Testing Innovation on Population Seroprevalence. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2015 Oct;93(4):714-7. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0159. Epub 2015 Jul 6.

Brian Wahl, PhD ‘17

Global Disease Epidemiology and ControlProfessor Katherine O’Brien 

Wahl B, Sharan A, Deloria Knoll M, Kumar R, Liu L, Chu Y, McAllister DA, Nair H, Campbell H, Rudan I, Ram U, Sauer M, Shet A, Black R, Santosham M, O'Brien KL, Arora NK. National, regional, and state-level burden of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae type b disease in children in India: modelled estimates for 2000–15. Lancet Glob Health. 2019 Jun;7(6):e735-e747. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(19)30081-6.

Wahl B, O'Brien KL, Greenbaum A, Majumder A, Liu L, Chu Y, Lukšić I, Nair H, McAllister DA, Campbell H, Rudan I, Black R, Knoll MD. Burden of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae type b disease in children in the era of conjugate vaccines: global, regional, and national estimates for 2000–15. Lancet Glob Health. 2018 Jul;6(7):e744-e757. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30247-X.



International Health Academic Program


Peer-reviewed articles

Emily Hurley, PhD '17
Post-doctoral fellow, University of Missouri

Social and Behavioral Interventions

Assistant Professor Steve Harvey

Emily A. Hurley, Steven A. Harvey, Peter J. Winch, Mariam Keita, Debra L. Roter, Seydou Doumbia, Nièlè H. Diarra & Caitlin E. Kennedy (2018) The Role of Patient –Provider Communication in Engagement and Re-engagement in HIV Treatment in Bamako, Mali: A Qualitative Study, Journal of Health Communication, 23:2, 129-143, DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2017.1417513

Emily A. Hurley, Steven A. Harvey, Mariam Keita, Caitlin E. Kennedy, Debra Roter, Sounkalo Dao, Seydou Doumbia, and Peter J. Winch. Patient-provider communication styles in HIV treatment programs in Bamako, Mali: A mixed-methods study to define dimensions and measure patient preferences. SSM Popul Health. 2017 Dec; 3: 539–548. Published online 2017 Jun 7. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.05.012

Hurley EA, Doumbia S, Kennedy CE, et al Patient-centred attitudes among medical students in Mali, West Africa: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open 2018;8:e019224. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019224

Erica Koegler, 'PhD '16
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Social and Behavioral InterventionsAssociate Professor Caitlin Kennedy

Koegler, E., Kennedy, C.E., Thompson, C.B., Winch, P.J., Mpanano, R.M., Perrin, N.A., Glass,N. (2017). The association between self-reported STI treatment and mental health symptoms in conflict-affected Democratic Republic of Congo. Int J STD AIDS. 2018 Mar;29(3):212-220. doi: 10.1177/0956462417722128. Epub 2017 Jul 31. doi: 10.1177/0956462417722128

Koegler, E., Kennedy, C.E., N.A., Mrinidi, J., Bachunguye, R., Winch, P.J., Ramazani, P., Makambo, M.T., Glass, N. (2018). Understanding how solidarity groups – a community-based economic and psychosocial support intervention – can affect mental health for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Violence Against Women (in press).

Koegler, E., Kennedy, C.E. (2018). A scoping review of the associations between mental health and factors related to HIV acquisition and disease progression in conflict-affected settings. Conflict and Health (in press).



IH Academic Program


Peer-reviewed articles

Mufaro Kanyangarara, PhD '16
Assistant Scientist, International Health

Global Disease Epidemiology and ControlProfessor Luke Mullany

Kanyangarara M, Mamini E, Mharakurwa S, Munyati S, Gwanzura L, Kobayashi T, Shields T, Mullany LC, Mutambu S, Mason PR, Curriero FC, Moss WJ. High-Resolution Plasmodium falciparum Malaria Risk Mapping in Mutasa District, Zimbabwe: Implications for Regaining Control. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2016 Apr 25:15-0865. 

Kanyangarara M, Mamini E, Mharakurwa S, Munyati S, Gwanzura L, Kobayashi T, Shields T, Mullany LC, Mutambu S, Mason PR, Curriero FC, Moss WJ. Individual-and Household-Level Risk Factors Associated with Malaria in Mutasa District, Zimbabwe: A Serial Cross-Sectional Study. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2016 Apr 25:15-0847. 

Jennifer Lam, PhD '16
Research Fellow
Kaiser Permanente Division of Research

Global Disease Epidemiology and ControlAssociate Professor Gypsyamber D'Souza

Lam JO, Sugar EA, Cranston RD, Weber KM, Burk RD, Wiley DJ, Reddy S, Margolick JB, Strickler HD, Wentz A, Jacobson L, Coles CL, Bream JH, Rositch AF, Guo Y, Xiao W, Gillison ML, D’Souza G. The association of medication use with clearance or persistence of oral HPV infection. Cancer Causes & Control. 2016; 27(12):1491-1498.

Lam JO, Bream JH, Sugar EA, Coles CL, Weber KM, Burk RD, Wiley DJ, Cranston RD, Reddy S, Margolick JB, Strickler HD, Wentz A, Jacobson L, Guo Y, Xiao W, Gillison ML, D’Souza G. Association of serum cytokines with oral HPV clearance. Cytokine. 2016; 83:85-91.

Jessica Atwell, PhD '16
Assistant Scientist, International Health
Global Disease Epidemiology and ControlProfessor Ruth Karron 

Atwell JE, Geoghegan S, Karron RA, Polack FP. Clinical Predictors of Critical Lower Respiratory Tract Illness Due to Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Infants and Children: Data to Inform Case Definitions for Efficacy Trials.  J Infect Dis. 2016 Dec 1;214(11):1712-1716.

Atwell, J.E., Thumar, B., Robinson, L.J., Tobby, R., Yambo, P., Ome-Kaius, M., Siba, P.M., Unger, H.W., Rogerson, S.J., King, C.L., Karron, R.A. Impact of placental malaria and hypergammaglobulinemia on transplacental transfer of respiratory syncytial virus antibody in Papua New Guinea. J Infect Dis. 2015. doi:10.1093/infdis/jiv401

Megan Cherewick, PhD '16
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California Berkeley
Health SystemsAssociate Professor Shannon Doocy

Cherewick M, Tol W, Burnham G, Doocy S, Glass N. A structural equation model of conflict-affected youth coping and resilience. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. 2016 Sept 26;4(1):155-74.

Cherewick M, Doocy S, Tol W, Burnham G, Glass N. Potentially traumatic events, coping strategies and associations with mental health and well-being measures among conflict-affected youth in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Global Health Research and Policy. 2016 Jul 21;1(1):8.

Naoko Kozuki, PhD '16
Technical Advisor for Health Research, International Rescue Committee 
Global Disease Epidemiology and ControlProfessor Joanne Katz

Kozuki N, Mullany LC, Khatry SK, Ghimire RK, Paudel S, Blakemore K, Bird C, Tielsch JM, LeClerq SC, Katz J. Accuracy of Home-Based Ultrasonographic Diagnosis of Obstetric Risk Factors by Primary-Level Health Care Workers in Rural Nepal. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Sep;128(3):604-12. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001558.

Kozuki N, Katz J, Khatry SK, Tielsch JM, LeClerq SC, Mullany LC. Community survey on awareness and use of obstetric ultrasonography in rural Sarlahi District, Nepal. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2016 Aug;134(2):126-30. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2016.01.015.

Diwakar Mohan, PhD '15
Assistant Scientist, International Health
DrPHProfessor Abdullah Baqui

Mohan D, Gupta S, LeFevre A, Bazant E, Killewo J, Baqui AH. Determinants of postnatal care use at health facilities in rural Tanzania: multilevel analysis of a household survey. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015 Oct 30;15:282. doi: 10.1186/s12884-015-0717-7.

Diwakar Mohan, Amnesty E LeFevre, Asha George, Rose Mpembeni, Eva Bazant, Neema Rusibamayila, Japhet Killewo, Peter J Winch, Abdullah H Baqui; Analysis of dropout across the continuum of maternal health care in Tanzania: findings from a cross-sectional household survey. Health Policy Plan 2017. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czx005


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