615 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21205
PhD, University of Connecticut - Storrs, 1989
MS, University of Connecticut - Storrs, 1986
Joel Gittelsohn, PhD, MSc, Professor, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University, is a medical anthropologist who specializes in the use of qualitative and quantitative information to design, implement and evaluate health and nutrition intervention programs. Dr. Gittelsohn integrates qualitative and quantitative approaches to better understand culture-based beliefs and behaviors regarding dietary patterns, and how these factors influence the success or failure of dietary and lifestyle modification strategies. He applies these methods and interventions for the prevention of obesity and diabetes among different indigenous and ethnic groups, to nutrient deficiencies of Nepalese children and women, and to improve infant feeding in diverse settings (The Gambia; Hartford, CT; Peru). He is currently working on chronic disease interventions among the White Mountain and San Carlos Apache (obesity prevention), the Ojibwa-Cree (diabetes prevention), African American church-going women (cardiovascular disease prevention) and children and adults in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (obesity and undernutrition prevention).
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2012 Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Award, bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
2005 Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Award, bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
2002 Best Paper of the Year, 2001-2002, Health Education and Behavior, for Cortes, LM, Gittelsohn, J, Alfred J, and Palafox, N (2001) “Formative Research to Inform Intervention Development for Diabetes Prevention in the Republic of the Marshall Islands,” Health Education and Behavior 28(6):696-715.
1993 The Johns Hopkins University Teaching Quality Award
1991 The Johns Hopkins University Golden Apple Teaching Award
Publications listed are representative of my work in improving the food environment in low income urban and rural communities.