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David Peters, MD, DrPH

  • Edgar Berman Chair in International Health
  • Director, Alliance for a Healthier World
  • Professor

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Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E8527
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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DrPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1993
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1989
MD, University of Manitoba, 1986


How to improve health systems performance, particularly for the poor in low-income countries, is a research and policy issue that affects many aspects of public health. My research interests include understanding the factors that improve overall levels and distribution of health status, the risk of poverty due to health expenditures and ill health, and public satisfaction with health services. My interests also involve innovations in health systems, such as those dealing with strategic engagement of governments with the private sector, alternative health financing methods, resource allocation methods, and new approaches to organization of health services and public health service delivery.

Honors and Awards

Recognition for Teaching Excellence – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (14 times, 2009-2017)

Independent Evaluation Group (World Bank) Good Practice Award for Evaluation (2009)

Board Certification: Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine

Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society

Polly and George Sheps Award in Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine

  • health systems
  • health sector performance
  • implementation research
  •  health management
  • poverty and health
  • sector wide approaches
  • health markets
  • Africa
  • South Asia
  • India
  • Afghanistan

Selected recent publications

  • Peters DH, Nyenswah T, Engineer CY. Leadership in Times of Crisis: The Example of Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia. Health Systems & Reform. 2016; 2:194-207, DOI: 10.1080/23288604.2016.1222793
  • Kirsch TD, Moseson H, Massaquoi M, Nyenswah TG, Goodermote R, Rodriguez-Barraquer I, Lessler J, Cumings D, Peters DH. Impact of interventions and the incidence of ebola virus disease in Liberia-implications for future epidemics. Health Policy Plan. 2016; 1-10. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czw113
  • Peters, D.H., Adam, T., Alonge, O., Agyepong, I., Tran, N.  Implementation research:  What it is and how to do it.  BMJ 2013 347:f6753 doi: 10.1136/bmj.f6753
  • Engineer C, Dale E, Agarwal A, Agarwal A, Alonge O, Edward A, Gupta S, Schuh H, Burnham B, Peters DH. Effectiveness of a pay for performance intervention to improve maternal and child health services in Afghanistan: A cluster-randomized trial. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2016; 1-9. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyv362.
  • Paina, L., and Peters, D.H. Pathways to Scaling Up Health Services in Complex Adaptive Systems. Health Policy Plan 2011, doi:10.1093/heapol/czr054