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Linnea A. Zimmerman, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E4531
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014
MPH, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, 2008
BA, Whitman College, 2004


Dr. Linnea Zimmerman has a PhD from the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Masters in Public Health from Emory University. She has a background in demography and focuses on family planning and women's reproductive health research. She is the PI of the PMA Ethiopia project, a longitudinal study implemented in Ethiopia to evaluate use and barriers to critical maternal and newborn health interventions. As the Associate Director of Research for PMA2020, Linnea Zimmerman works with the leadership team and country partners to develop and implement research across all of our countries and work to improve PMA2020 data utilization and accessibility. She is also a member of the Global Early Adolescent Study, helping to improve measurement amongst young adolescents.

Honors and Awards

2015 The C. Esther and Paul A. Harper Award for best dissertation and outstanding academic record

2011-2012 Caroline Cochran Scholarship Fund in Population and Reproductive Health for outstanding student in population studies

2011-2013 Edward J Dehne Award in Population Studies for outstanding student in population studies

May 2008 Best Thesis in Global Health Department, Rollins School of Public Health

2008 Delta Omega Honor Society

  • Family planning
  • reproductive health
  • maternal mortality
  • demography
  • refugee and emergency health
  • indirect estimation
  • under-5 mortality
  • mobile technology
  • population dynamics
  • monitoring and evaluation

Most recent publications

  • Zimmerman, L., Olson, H., Tsui, A., Radloff, S. (2017) "PMA2020: Rapid turn-around survey data to monitor family planning service and practice in ten countries." Studies in Family Planning 48 (3)
  • Kagesten, A, Zimmerman, L., Robinson, C., Lee, C., Bawoke, T., Osman, S., Schlecht, J. (2017) "Transitions into puberty and access to sexual and reproductive health information in two humanitarian settings: A cross-sectional survey of very young adolescents from Somalia and Myanmar" Conflict and Health 11(Suppl 1):24
  • Bell, SO., Zimmerman, L., Choi, Y., Hindin, M. (2017) "Legal but Limited? Abortion Service Availability and Readiness Assessment in Nepal" Health Policy and Planning (czx149,
  • Zimmerman, L., OlaOlorun, F., Radloff, S. (2015) "Accelerating and improving survey implementation with mobile technology: Lessons from PMA2020 implementation in Lagos, Nigeria" African Population Studies 29 (1):
  • Hill, K., Zimmerman, L., Jamison, D. (2015) "Mortality risks in children aged 5-14 years in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic empirical analysis" Lancet Global Health 3 (10) : e609-e616