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George Pariyo, PhD

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E8648
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2000
MBCHB, Makerere University, 1989


Over 29 years in Global/Public Health, served at national and global levels. Experiences include mid-level health program management and evaluation, evidence synthesis, development of national health strategies, health policy and systems research, epidemiological research, implementation research, analysis and support of international programs. Currently Senior Scientist, Health Systems Program and Director, Health Systems Summer Institute, Department of International Health. Currently Principal Investigator for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative research program on use of digital technologies for NCD risk factor surveillance. Currently serves as a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of the WHO/Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, and is on the Steering Committee of UNICEF’s global training program in Health Systems Strengthening.

Previously served as Senior Specialist, Outcomes and Impact/M&E, Gavi Alliance Secretariat (Geneva) and as Team Leader, Knowledge Brokering and Evidence, WHO/GHWA (Geneva); Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor and Head, Dept of Health Policy, Planning and Management, Makerere University SPH; Research Fellow, Makerere; Medical Officer, Uganda MOH;

Education - Graduated Makerere Med School (1989), PhD at JHU (2000).

Honors and Awards


September 2013 - Recognized in Marquis’ Who is Who in the World 2014 Edition for contributions as physician and Public Health scientist

May 2010 - Inducted into the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health, Alpha Chapter


2014 - Merit award for supporting the development and teaching on the Makerere University/CDC Fellowship Program in the Management of HIV/AIDS programs 2007-2010

2009 - Merit award for service as Founding Head/Chair of Makerere University’s Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management

1996 – 1997 – PhD Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation

1998 - 1999 - African Dissertation Internship Award, Rockefeller Foundation

  • I am interested in designing and conducting research
  • that tests new or innovative strategies
  • ways to deliver
  • or optimize health interventions
  • to achieve universal health coverage
  • at a cost that the countries, communities and families
  • can afford. Special areas of focus include Health Systems
  • in Low and Middle Income Countries
  • Health Workforce
  • delivery of vaccines
  • and immunizations
  • quality of care
  • for MNCH
  • health management information systems
  • digital health
  • mHealth
  • and data quality.

Selected publications representative of research and professional  interests   The 5 publications shown here are illustrative of some of my main research and professional interests which include but are not limited to:  testing innovations and developing methods that can help increase access to key interventions (publications 1 and 2); generating knowledge for improved health in LMIC settings (publication 3); synthesis of evidence on health systems interventions (publication 4) and issues of health sector reforms and their effects on equity of health care access and utilization (publications 3 and 5).

  • George W. Pariyo, Abigail R. Greenleaf, Dustin G. Gibson, Joseph Ali, Hannah Selig, Alain B. Labrique, Gulam Muhammed Al Kibria, Iqbal Ansary Khan, Honorati Masanja, Meerjady Sabrina Flora, Saifuddin Ahmed, Adnan A. Hyder (2019) ‘Does mobile phone survey method matter? Reliability of computer-assisted telephone interviews and interactive voice response non-communicable diseases risk factor surveys in low and middle income countries’, PLOS ONE. Edited by P. K. Maulik. Public Library of Science, 14(4), p. e0214450. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0214450.
  • Pariyo GW, Wosu AC, Gibson DG, Labrique AB, Ali J, Hyder AA (2017). Moving the Agenda on Noncommunicable Diseases: Policy Implications of Mobile Phone Surveys in Low and Middle-Income Countries. J Med Internet Res 2017;19(5):e115. URL: DOI: 10.2196/jmir.7302.
  • George W. Pariyo, Chrispus Mayora, Olico Okui, Freddie Ssengooba, David H. Peters, David Serwadda, Henry Lucas, Gerald Bloom, Hafizur M. Rahman, Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho. “Exploring new health markets: Experiences from informal providers of transport for maternal health services in Eastern Uganda”. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2011, 11(Suppl 1):S10 (9 March 2011).
  • Kiwanuka SN, Kinengyere AA, Nalwadda C, Ssengooba F, Okui O, Pariyo GW. “Effects of interventions to manage dual practice”. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD008405. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008405.
  • Pariyo GW, Ekirapa EK, Okui O, Peterson S, Bishai D, Lucas H, Sabates-Wheeler R, Peters DH. Changes in utilization of health services among poor and rural residents in Uganda: are reforms benefitting the poor? International Journal for Equity in Health 2009, 8:39