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Joanne Katz, ScD

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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.

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 pregnancy and live birth cohorts from low and middle income countries.

5. A randomized trial to examine micronutrient absorption, the gut microbiome and gut health with a rice bran GOMO food supplement versus a yellow pea flour GOMO supplement without rice bran in women of childbearing age in rural Nepal.

6. To provide technical support to a community-based randomized trial of the impact of enhancements to routine antenatal care provision (including nutritional components and infection control) on perinatal and maternal outcomes in rural Ethiopia.

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
  • Nepal

A selection of 5 publication from the past 2 years.

  • Lama T, Munos MK, Katz J, Khatry SK, LeClerq SC, Mullany LC. Assessment of facility and health worker readiness to provide quality antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care in rural Southern Nepal. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020 Jan 6;20(1):16. doi: 10.1186/s12913-019-4871-x.
  • West KP, Wu LS, Ali H, Klemm RDW, Edmond KM, Hurt L, Kirkwood B, Newton S, Shannon C, Taneja S, Mazumder S, Bhatia K, Bhandari N, Katz J, Tielsch JM, Humphrey J, Agoestina T, Soofi SB, Ariff S, Bhatti Z, Cousens S, Bhutta ZA, Ntozini R, Masanja H, Smith ER, Muhihi A, Fawzi W, Bahl R, Martines J, Yoshida S. Early Neonatal Vitamin A Supplementation and infant mortality: an individual participant data meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Arch Dis Child 2018;0;1-10. Doi:10.1136/archdischild-2018-315242.
  • Munos MK, Blanc AK, Carter E, Eisele TP, Gesuale S, Katz J, Marchant T, Stanton CK, and Campbell H for the Improving Coverage Measurement Core Group. Validation studies for population-based intervention indicators: design, analysis, and interpretation. J Glob Health. 2018 Dec;8(2):020804. doi: 10.7189/jogh.08.020804.
  • Murray AF, Englund JA, Kuypers J, Tielsch JM , Katz J, Shrestha L, Khatry SK, Leclerq SC, Chu HY. Infant pneumococcal carriage during influenza, RSV and hMPV respiratory illness within a maternal influenza immunization. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2019. 220; 6, 956–960,
  • Uddin SMI, Englund JA, Kuypers J, Chu HY, Steinhoff MC, Khatry SK, LeClerq SC, Tielsch JM, Mullany LC, Shrestha l, Katz J. Burden and risk factors for coronavirus infections in infants in rural Nepal. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2018 Apr 16. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy317.