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Dustin Gibson, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E8650
Baltimore, Maryland 21205



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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014
MS, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 2006


Broadly, my research interests center around the application and evaluation of mobile health (mHealth) technologies to strengthen health systems and generate demand for health services in lower income countries, with a particular focus on immunization delivery and non communicable disease surveillance.

Honors and Awards

Kenyan National mHealth and eHealth Research Working Group (2012-present)

mHealth Summitt Scholarship Award, Johns Hopkins Global mHealth Initiative (2012 and 2013)

Finalist for iMedical Apps and Medicine 2.0 mHealth Research Award (2012)

Global Health Field Research Award, Johns Hopkins University (2012)

Lipitz Public Health Policy Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2012)

Clements-Mann Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, (2011)

  • digital health
  • mHealth
  • surveillance
  • non communicable diseases
  • behavior change
  • demand generation
  • vaccines
  • capacity building
  • infectious diseases

Since joining the Health Systems Faculty in 2015. I have published 19 peer-reviewed articles (8 first authored) with co-authors from the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (Bangladesh); Ifakara Health Instiute (Tanzania); Makerere School of Public Health (Uganda); Kenya Medical Research Institute; and the World Health Organization. Selected publications are listed below

  • Gibson DG, Ochieng B, Kagucia EW, Were J, Hayford K, Moulton LH, Levine O, Odhiambo F, O'Brien KL, Feikin DR. Mobile Phone Delivered Reminders And Incentives To Improve Childhood Immunisation Coverage And Timeliness In Kenya (M-SIMU): a Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial. Lancet Global Health. 2017; 5(4):e428-38. PMID: 28288747
  • Gibson DG, Tamrat T, Mehl G. The State of Digital Interventions for Demand Generation in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Considerations, Emerging Approaches, and Research Gaps. Global Health: Science and Practice. 2018, 6 (Supplement 1): S49-S60. PMID: 30305339
  • Gibson DG, Wosu AC, Pariyo GW, Ahmed S, Ali J, Labrique AB, et al. Effect of airtime incentives on response and cooperation rates in non- communicable disease interactive voice response surveys : randomised controlled trials in Bangladesh and Uganda. BMJ Global Health 2019;4:e001604. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2019-001604.
  • Gibson DG, Pereira A, Farrenkopf BA, Labrique AB, Pariyo GW, Hyder AA. Mobile Phone Surveys for Collecting Population-Level Estimates in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Literature Review. J Med Internet Res 2017;19:e139. PMID: 28476725
  • Gibson DG, Ochieng B, Kagucia E, Obor D, Odhiambo F, O'Brien KL, Feikin DR. Individual level determinants for not receiving immunization, receiving immunization with delay, and being severely underimmunized among rural western Kenyan children. Vaccine. 2015; 33(48):6778-6785.  PMID:26482146