Rupali J. Limaye
Rupali J. Limaye

Rupali J. Limaye, PhD

  • Associate Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

  • International Health (Primary)
    • Division: Global Disease Epidemiology and Control
  • Health, Behavior and Society (Joint)
  • Epidemiology (Joint)
    • Division: Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Center & Institute Affiliations

  • Center for AIDS Research
  • Center for Communication Programs (CCP)
  • Center for Immunization Research
  • Center for Public Health Advocacy
  • Institute for Vaccine Safety
  • Rakai Health Sciences Program

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E6608
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

P:  202-294-5412


PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2012
MPH, George Washington University, 2006
MA, George Washington University, 2006
BA, University of Kansas, 2001
BS, University of Kansas, 2001


Rupali J. Limaye, PhD, MPH, MA, serves as a full-time faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in the Departments of International Health, Epidemiology, and Health, Behavior and Society. She also serves as the Associate Director for Behavioral Research at the Institute for Vaccine Safety. Dr. Limaye is a social and behavioral scientist and health communication scholar. Her mixed-method work examines how various influences affect health behavior and how to leverage those influences to affect positive behavior change. She also studies how health information can best be communicated to individuals in different contexts and through different channels. In her 15 years of working in global health, she has worked in more than 20 countries, on topics including immunization, family planning, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and alcohol, and teaches classes on health behavior change and persuasive communication.

Honors and honors

Full Tuition Scholarship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2008-2012)

Top Four Paper Award, Health Communication Division, International Communication Association (2010)

Special Projects Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2010; 2011)

Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Zanvyl School of Arts & Sciences, Johns Hopkins University (2010-2011)

Field Research Award, Center for Global Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2010-2011)

Predoctoral Training Grant, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health (2010-2012)

Outstanding Teacher Award Nominee, Department of Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2013-2014)

Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2014-2015)

Lipitz Public Health Policy Faculty Award, Johns Hopkins Institute for Health and Social Policy (2018-2019)


Selected recent publications:

  • Ellingson, M. K., Dudley, M. Z., Limaye, R. J., Salmon, D. A., O’Leary, S. T., & Omer, S. B. (2019). Enhancing uptake of influenza maternal vaccine. Expert review of vaccines, (just-accepted).
  • McDonald, P., Limaye, R. J., Omer, S. B., Buttenheim, A. M., Mohanty, S., Klein, N. P., & Salmon, D. A. (2019). Exploring California’s new law eliminating personal belief exemptions to childhood vaccines and vaccine decision-making among homeschooling mothers in California. Vaccine, 37(5), 742-750.
  • Frew, P. M., Randall, L. A., Malik, F., Limaye, R. J., Wilson, A., O'Leary, S. T., ... & Fenimore, V. L. (2018). Clinician perspectives on strategies to improve patient maternal immunization acceptability in obstetrics and gynecology practice settings. Human vaccines & immunotherapeutics, 1-10.
  • Page, K. R., Grieb, S. D., Nieves-Lugo, K., Yamanis, T., Taylor, H., Martinez, O., ... & Zea, M. C. (2018). Enhanced immigration enforcement in the USA and the transnational continuity of HIV care for Latin American immigrants in deportation proceedings. The Lancet HIV, 5(10), e597-e604.
  • Omer, S. B., Amin, A. B., Limaye, R. J. (2017). Communicating about Vaccines in a "Post-Fact" World. JAMA Pediatrics, 171 (10), 929-930.