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Danielle German, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 753
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

(410) 502-5385

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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2009
MPH, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, 1998
BA, Rutgers University, 1996


My research draws from interdisciplinary perspectives and uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand and address the social and structural context of health behavior and disease transmission, with particular emphasis on issues related to urban health, HIV transmission, drug use, and mental health. I also spend a lot of time at the intersection of research and practice working to understand and address the HIV epidemic in Baltimore, and particularly the disproportionately high rates of HIV among MSM of color, African-Americans, and drug users in our community. Current research, practice, and teaching priorities include: 1) applying social and infectious disease theory to understand the overlap between network social resources, social stability, and HIV transmission to inform interventions to address HIV and well-being among marginalized populations, and 2) informing efforts to understand and address the health and social needs of marginalized communities, including those living in poverty, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and those at greatest risk for HIV transmission.

Honors and Awards

Excellence in Teaching, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2015, 2016, 2017: Doctoral Seminar in Mixed Methods for Public Health Research

Johns Hopkins University SOURCE Service-Learning Community Fellow, 2016

HBS Student Organization Teaching Award, 2015 & 2017, awarded twice per year by student vote

Margaret Bright and Herman Binder Fund Award for devotion to students in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, 2012

Delta Omega Society, 2009

Teaching Assistant Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Student Association, 2007

Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Pre-Doctoral Training Award, National Institute of Mental Health, 2005-2009

Sir Arthur Newsholme Scholarship for Doctoral Training, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, 2004-2008

  • Drug use
  • Mental health
  • Depression
  • Social and structural influences on health
  • Social networks
  • Social stability
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Harm reduction
  • LGBTQ health
  • MSM
  • IDU
  • Rats
  • Mixed methods
  • Infectious disease
  • HIV behavioral surveillance
  • BESURE Study

Selected recent publications

  • German D, Brady K, Kuo I, Opoku J, Flynn C, Adams J, Patrick R, Park J, Simmons R, Smith CR, Davis W & the Mid-Atlantic CFAR Consortium. (2017). Characteristics of African-American men who have sex with men in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. JAIDS. 2017 Jul 1;75 Suppl 3:S296-S308. PMID: 2860443.
  • German D, Grabowski MK, Beyrer C. (2016). Enhanced use of phylogenetic data to inform public health approaches to HIV among MSM. Sexual Health, 2016 Sep 2. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 27584826.
  • German D, Kodadek L, Shields R, Peterson S, Ranjit A, Snyder C, Schneider E, Schuur, Lau B & Haider A. (2016). Implementing sexual orientation and gender identity information in the emergency department: Patient and staff perspectives. LGBT Health, 2016 Dec;3(6):416-423. PMID: 27792473.
  • German, D. & Latkin, C. (2016). Experiences with urban rats among low-income Baltimore City residents. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(2): 249-262.
  • German, D. & Latkin, C. (2015). HIV risk, health and social characteristics of sexual minority female injection drug users in Baltimore. AIDS and Behavior, 19(7): 1361-5. PMID:25504312