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Robert Black, MD

  • Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • International Health (Primary)
    • Division: Global Disease Epidemiology and Control
  • School of Medicine (Joint)

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E8547
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MPH, University of California, Los Angeles, 1976
MD, Hahnemann Medical College, 1971


The World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the 5 million child deaths in developing countries each year are directly caused by infectious diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria and that undernutrition contributes to nearly half of child deaths.  Robert E. Black, M.D., M.P.H. has focused his research and professional activities on reducing the number of these unnecessary deaths. He is conducting epidemiologic research on the interaction of infectious diseases and nutrition, clinical and community-based trials of new vaccines to prevent childhood infectious diseases, and trials of nutritional interventions to reduce infectious disease morbidity and mortality, as well as improve growth and development. He is also assisting with implementation of disease control and nutrition programs in developing countries and conducting evaluations of their effectiveness and mortality impact. His other interests are related to the use of evidence in policy and programs, estimation of the burden of disease, development of research capacity and strengthening of public health training.

Honors and Awards

1969     Hoffman-LaRoche Award

1971     Dean's Award-Hahnemann Medical College

1977     Alexander D. Langmuir Prize (Alumni Award of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta)

2001     E.V. McCollum International Lectureship in Nutrition (17th Lecture) 

2002     Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academies

2005     E.H. Christophersen Award, American Academy of Pediatrics

2006     Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research Ambassador (2006-Present)

2010     Programme for Global Paediatric Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health

2010     Prince Mahidol Award in Public Health

2011     UCLA Alumni Hall of Fame, The Lester Breslow Lifetime Achievement Award

2011     Canada Gairdner Award in Global Health

2011     Raulin Award from International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans

2012     Heritage Award, Johns Hopkins University

2016 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award

2018 Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Pediatric Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award

2019 John Walker-Smith Oration, Commonwealth Association for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

  • International health
  • diarrhea
  • evaluation
  • global health
  • infectious diseases
  • malaria, malnutrition
  • pneumonia
  • health policy
  • zinc

Selected Recent Publications

  • Black RE, Victora C, Walker SP, Bhutta ZA, Christian P, De Onis M, Ezzati M, Grantham-McGregor, Katz J, Martorell R, Uauy R and the Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group. Maternal and Child Nutrition 1. Maternal and child undernutrition and overweight in low-and middle-income countries. Lancet 382(9890): 427-51, 2013.
  • Black RE, Levin C, Walker N, Chou D, Liu L, Temmerman T for the DCP3 RMNCH Authors Group. Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health: Key messages from disease control priorities 3rd edition. The Lancet 388: 2811-24, 2016.
  • Liu L, Oza S, Hogan D, Chu Y, Perin J, Zhu J, Lawn J, Cousens S, Mathers C, Black RE. Global, regional, and national causes of under-5 mortality in 2000–15: An updated systematic analysis with implications for the sustainable development goals. The Lancet,, 2016.
  • Black RE, Fontaine O, Lamberti L, Bhan M, Huicho L, El Arifeen S, Masanja H, Fischer Walker C, Kesteela Mengestu T, Pearson L, Young M, Orobaton N, Chu Y, Jackson B, Bateman M, Walker N, Merson M. Drivers of the reduction in childhood diarrhea mortality1980-2015 and interventions to eliminate preventable diarrhea deaths by 2030. J Glob Health, 9(2), doi: 10.7189/jogh.09.020801, 2019.
  • Bhutta, ZA, Akseer N, Keats EC, Vaivada T, Baker S, Horton SE, Katz J, Menon P, Piwoz E, Shekar M, Victora C, Black R. How countries can reduce child stunting at scale: lessons from exemplars countries. Am J Clin Nutr, 112(2);894S-904S, 2020.