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Joanne Katz, ScD

  • Director, Academic Programs
  • Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room W5009
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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ScD, Johns Hopkins University, 1993
MS, Princeton University, 1982
BSc, University of Cape Town, 1978


My research aims to reduce mortality and morbidity in under-served populations in the United States and abroad. The underlying discipline bases for this research are epidemiology, community randomized trials and biostatistics. Areas of focus include (1) maternal, neonatal and child health, (3) nutritional deficiencies and infectious diseases, (4) eye diseases and blindness prevention.

Current projects include

1. Identify and prioritize modifiable risk factors for stillbirths, preterm and/or small-for-gestational age birth, and early and late neonatal mortality using monthly data from late first trimester through labor and delivery from 3 trials in rural Nepal.

2. Primary data collection to validate maternal recall of receipt of nutrition and other interventions in antenatal care and pregnancy in Nepal.

3. A randomized trial to test the efficacy of a balanced protein energy supplement for daily use during pregnancy and the first 6 months after delivery on the outcomes of pregnancy and growth of infants during the first 6 months of life in Sarlahi District, Nepal.

4. Granular age-specific data analysis of under 5 child mortality patterns using some of the Child Health Epidemiology Research Group cohorts.

Honors and Awards

2019 Golden Apple teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2018 Ernest Lyman Stebbins Medal for extraordinary contributions to the educational programs of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2016 Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

2014 Children's Prize

2011  Johns Hopkins Alumni Knowledge for the World Award

2011  Global Health Excellence in Advising Award, Johns Hopkins University

2011  Golden Apple teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2002, 2005, 2011

2009 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Fellow

2009 American Academy of Ophthalmology Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Profession of Ophthalmology

Fellow, American College of Epidemiology, 1994

Delta Omega, 1993

  • epidemiology
  • biostatistics
  • community trials
  • micronutrients
  • maternal health
  • neonatal health
  • child health
  • adolescent pregnancy
  • reproductive health
  • blindness and visual impairment
  • Nepal

A selection of 5 publication from the past 2 years.

  • Kanyangarara M, Katz J, Munos MK, Khatry SK, Mullany LC, Walker N. Validity of self-reported receipt of iron supplements during pregnancy: implications for coverage measurement. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019. 19:113
  • Katz J, Englund JA, Steinhoff MC, Khatry SK, Shrestha L, Kuypers J, Mullany LC, Chu HY, Le Clerq SC, Kozuki N, Tielsch JM. Impact of timing of influenza vaccination in pregnancy on transplacental antibody transfer, influenza incidence and birth outcomes; a randomized trial in rural Nepal. Clin Inf Dis 2018 Feb 14. doi: 10.1093/cid/cly090.
  • Chang KT, Mullany LC, Khatry SK, LeClerq SC, Munos MK, Katz J. Validation of maternal reports for low birthweight and preterm birth indicators in rural Nepal. J Global Health 2018 Jun;8(1):010604.
  • Katz J, Englund JA, Steinhoff MC, Khatry SK, Shrestha L, Kuypers J, Mullany LC, Chu HY, LeClerq SC, Kozuki N, Tielsch JM. Nutritional status of infants at six months of age following maternal influenza immunization: A randomized placebo-controlled trial in rural Nepal. Vaccine 2017 Dec 4;35(48 Pt B):6743-6750.
  • Steinhoff MC, Katz J, Englund JA, Khatry SK, Shrestha L, Kuypers J, Stewart L, Mullany LC, Chu HY, LeClerq SC, Kozuki N, McNeal M, Reedy AM, Tielsch JM. Year-round influenza immunisation during pregnancy in Nepal: a phase 4, randomised, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet Infect Dis 2017;17(9):981-989.
  • Global Age Patterns of Under 5 Mortality
  • Impact of a Balanced Protein-Energy Supplement in Pregnancy and Early Lactation on Reproductive Outcomes and Growth in Southern Nepal
  • Improving Nutrition Coverage Measures in Nepal
  • Prioritization of modifiable risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes and neonatal mortality in rural Nepal