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Global Health Activities

Arnold School of Public Health faculty members, along with undergraduate and graduate students, are working to improve the health of children and adults throughout the world through research, education, practice and outreach initiatives. Their work changes lives every day.

What we do

Our research activities and collaborations take place around the world. Search activities by faculty name, department, region or interest area. 

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Charley Adams

Communication Sciences and Disorders 

Western Pacific

As chair of the International Cluttering Association, Dr. Adams is on the Planning Committee for the World Congress on Fluency Disorders in Hiroshima, Japan in the summer of 2018. He also is collaborating with Dr. Nan Ratner at the University of Maryland, who is coordinating efforts to establish the Fluency Bank. This bank should help speech-language pathologists, logopedists, etc. worldwide better recognize and identify cluttering, which is often misdiagnosed as stuttering.

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Dirk den Ouden

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Europe

Dirk den Ouden directs the Neurolinguistics Laboratory, which investigates how linguistic structure affects language impairment after stroke.  His collaborators include researchers from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Russia, where he has taught in a neurolinguistics summer school program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow.

 

Julius Fridriksson

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Europe

Dr. Julius Fridriksson’s NIH-funded research focuses on stroke recovery and rehabilitation, often using neuroimaging methods to predict health outcomes. His research includes collaborations with colleagues at the University of Iceland, the University of Tubingen, the University of Nottingham, and other countries where integrated patient information systems allow for thorough tracking of stroke patients as they move through the recovery and rehabilitation process.  His doctoral and postdoctoral students have come from a variety of countries, including Iceland, England and China.

 

Mohammed Baalousha

Environmental Health Sciences

Europe

Dr. Baalousha’s studies nanoparticles, nanomaterials and nanotechnology at the SmartState Center for Environmental Nanoscience and Risk. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine, in 2001. He completed a master’s degree in applied mechanics in 2002 and doctoral degree in environmental biochemistry in 2006, both from the University of Bordeaux, France, then served in several post-doctoral research positions at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

 

G. Thomas Chandler

Environmental Health Sciences

Europe

Dr. Tom Chandler’s  research interests include aquatic ecotoxicology with emphasis on endocrine-disrupting pesticides, UV-mediated toxicant behavior, contaminated sediment toxicology, reproductive toxicology and teratogenesis, and meiobenthic ecology; risk assessment of xenobiotics in estuarine ecosystems; trophic transfer of pesticides, metals, and organometals; and microcosm modelling under pollution stress. Since 2002, he has represented the U.S. in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Expert Advisory Committee on Invertebrate Toxicity Testing, Paris. 

 

Saurabh Chatterjee

Environmental Health Sciences

South Asia

Dr. Chatterjee is a human physiologist with specialized training in immunology. His lab currently collaborates with the Harvard School of Public Health (Cyprus  Initiative), based in Cyprus where brominated trihalomethanes in drinking water and urine are correlated with the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  A new study is being undertaken by a graduate student in the lab for assessing the levels of brominated trihalomethanes in human blood and liver biopsies from patients in Saudi Arabia, a country and region plagued with higher incidences of NAFLD.

 

Jamie Lead

Environmental Health Sciences

Europe

Dr. Lead's research aims at understanding nanoscale phenomena in the environment and he is interested in investigating natural nanomaterials, manufactured nanomaterials and their interactions. He is a member of the UK DEFRA scientific advisory committees the Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances (ACHS) and the Nanotechnologies Environmental Hazard and Risk Assessment Taskforce. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and is editor of the journal Environmental Chemistry published by the CSIRO. 

 

Eric Brenner

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Europe

Dr. Eric Brenner is a medical epidemiologist with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. His research interests include communicable disease control programs and tuberculosis and vaccine preventable diseases. For more than 20 years, he has taught an MPH program at the medical school in Geneva, Switzerland. He also has consulted with and taught for other international organizations, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, USAID and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

 

James Burch

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Americas

Dr. James Burch is affiliated with the Cancer Prevention and Control Program. He has served as the principal investigator of a study on the role of genetic and dietary factors in breast cancer risk. He is a co-investigator in a five-year Mumbai cohort study on cancer epidemiology in urban India. He has also been involved in research in Latin America where he investigated indoor air pollution and respiratory health among Honduran women. He is participating in the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Specialist Program and the Global Health Initiative with USC’s Study Abroad Office.

 

Brian Chen

Health Services Policy and Management

South Asia

Dr. Brian Chen’s research interests include health care law, policy and management, international/global health, law and economics, and the economics of regulation in general. He is studying the impact of Japan’s implementation of the Diagnostic Procedure Code (akin to the Diagnosis- Related Group prospective payment system in the United States) on provider incentives and behavior. He advises students from Taiwan and China, in addition to students from within the state of South Carolina, the South and New England.

 

Dan Fogerty

Communication Sciences and Disorders

South Asia

Dr. Dan Fogerty is collaborating with Fei “Felix” Chen in Hong Kong on analogous testing for English and Mandarin Chinese listeners to investigate cross-language differences on how people use acoustic speech cues to understand sentences.  The research has implications for developing acoustic metrics to index how we understand speech in noise and applications to the design of hearing aids/cochlear implants.

 

Julius Fridriksson

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Europe

Dr. Julius Fridriksson’s NIH-funded research focuses on stroke recovery and rehabilitation, often using neuroimaging methods to predict health outcomes. His research includes collaborations with colleagues at the University of Iceland, the University of Tubingen, the University of Nottingham, and other countries where integrated patient information systems allow for thorough tracking of stroke patients as they move through the recovery and rehabilitation process.  His doctoral and postdoctoral students have come from a variety of countries, including Iceland, England and China.

 

Edward Frongillo

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

South Asia

Dr. Edward Frongillo conducts research globally to learn how to improve the growth, development, feeding, care, and survival of infants and young children. He leads research on the measurement, determinants, and consequences of household and child food insecurity, most recently conducting research with colleagues and students giving voice to the experiences of food insecurity by children. His research program also aims to understand how to advance policy and programs for improving nutrition and development. He teaches courses in global health and program evaluation, and mentors graduate students from around the world.

 

James R. Hébert

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Africa

Dr. James Hébert has been the director of the S.C. Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program (CPCP) since its founding in 2003. The CPCP is dedicated to discovering the underlying causes of the largest cancer disparities in the world, ranging from oral cancers in India to numerous cancers in African Americans compared to their European-American counterparts. Much of the recent work in diet and related health factors focuses on the Dietary Inflammatory Index, which Dr. Hébert invented in 2004 and is now being used by >100 research groups in 36 countries around the world.

 

Mahmud Khan

Health Services Policy and Management

Africa

Dr. Khan is interested and involved in multidisciplinary research initiatives related to economics of health and socioeconomic development. Current research activities include economic evaluation of STD control activities in Louisiana, health facility performance measurement, economics of childhood vaccination, economics of tropical disease, effect of malpractice lawsuits on physician behavior, economic evaluation of health and nutrition interventions, social aspects of health, poverty and health, comparative health systems and financing healthcare.

 

Angela Liese

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Europe

Dr. Angela Liese has been a researcher on a project involving the international comparison of snack food availability in supermarkets with colleagues at the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University in Australia. She is a mentor for international students in the Department of Epidemiology. She defines global health as “any health problem or health-behavior related problem that is manifested worldwide (or at least in more than one country) and is addressed with an international framework in mind.”

 

Xiaoming Li

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Western Pacfic

Dr. Xiaoming Li’s research interests include development, delivery, and evaluation of culturally appropriate best practices in the areas of mental health and HIV/AIDS behavioral prevention intervention in both domestic and international settings. He has been continuously funded by NIH since 2001 to study HIV disclosure, stigma, HIV treatment and care, resilience, and other health issues among children and adolescents, rural migrants, men who have sex with men, female sex workers, children and family affected by HIV/AIDS, and people living with HIV/AIDS in China.

 

Jihong Liu

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Western Pacific

Dr. Jihong Liu is a perinatal, pediatric, and reproductive epidemiologist with a focus on obesity, lifestyle behaviors and chronic disease prevention in mothers, children, and adolescents. Currently, she is working on two funded projects in China: 1) maternal methylmercury exposure through rice ingestion and the impact on offspring neurodevelopment; 2) joint effects of childhood obesity and PAEs on puberty onset in boys through Kisspeptin/GPR54.  She has been actively engaged with Chinese researchers in the area of her expertise and hopes to further expand her collaborative efforts.

 

Anwar Merchant

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Western Pacific

Dr. Anwar Merchant collaborates with colleagues in Thailand in a study evaluating oral health and ventilator-associated pneumonia and on dental caries prevention in children with disabilities. He is also involved in a dietary intervention for cardiovascular health with colleagues in Saudi Arabia. He consults internationally on cardiovascular research with the World Health Organization in New Delhi, India. He defines global health as “the translation of scientific knowledge into practical solutions specific to a place, region, and country.”

 

Spencer Moore

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

South Asia

Dr. Spencer Moore’s research examines the influence of social capital and social networks at multiple ecological levels on a range of health behaviors and conditions, including maternal health and nutrition. In addition, his research studies the importance of social capital in community resiliency and development following natural disasters. He has established strong research collaborations in Canada, Europe, and India.  He is an Academic Member of the McGill Centre for Healh and Economics, McGill University. 

 

Jan Ostermann

Health Services Policy and Management

Africa

Dr. Jan Ostermann is a health services and population health researcher who specializes in analytic techniques for longitudinal and complex survey designs. His research targets the intersection of health policy and health economics, and specifically inefficiencies in resource allocation, and disparities in outcomes. He is also a principal investigator on a NIH-funded grant to evaluate whether offering preference-matched HIV testing options increases uptake of HIV testing in high-risk populations in Tanzania, and a contract to evaluate a program to improve the quality of child care in child development centers across El Salvador.

 

Russell Pate

Exercise Science

Europe

Dr. Russell Pate is an exercise physiologist with interests in the determinants and health implications of physical activity and physical fitness in children. His leadership around physical activity initiatives and policy development in the United States has international public health implications, including his work on international initiatives aimed at increasing physical activity and preventing obesity in youth. Over the past 20 years, he has led the annual CDC-sponsored Physical Activity and Public Health Postgraduate Courses which have attracted researchers and practitioners from around the world.

 

Shan Qiao

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Western Pacific

Dr. Shan Qiao has focused on HIV prevention and care since 2006 and has been working with diverse vulnerable populations in China including female sex workers, children affected by HIV/AIDS, and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) as well as health care providers engaged in HIV prevention and care.  Her recent research interest focuses on HIV disclosure, medication adherence, and mental health among PLWH, and intervention deign, evaluation and implementation.  

 

David Simmons

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavio

Americas

Dr. David Simmons’s current research focuses on the relationship between human rights abuses and health outcomes for Haitian agricultural workers, or braceros, in the Dominican Republic. His research also focuses on international health, social justice, health and healing in the African Diaspora, social and health disparities, community-based participatory research, community-university partnerships.

 

Xuemei (Mei) Sui

Exercise Science

Western Pacifc

Dr. Mei Sui’s research focuses on the promotion of physical activity with a specific emphasis on physical activity epidemiological research and lifestyle intervention to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors. She is actively pursuing funding opportunities with Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine where they have an ongoing epidemiological study for patients coming for preventative examinations. Dr. Sui is trying to implement an objective measurement of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness in their existing database. Dr. Sui hopes to extend her area of research to countries like China and other developing places.

 

Myriam Torres

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Americas

Dr. Myriam Torres’s research focuses on Hispanic/Latino health issues; perinatal issues among Latinas, and HIV/AIDS among Latino populations. In Bogotá, Colombia, she was a professor of nursing at Javeriana University, head nurse in outpatient services at the San Ignacio Hospital and head nurse in the OB/Gyn and Neonatal Intensive Care for Clínica del Country, Bogotá, Colombia. She also was head nurse and nursing director at San Rafael Hospital in Girardot, Colombia.

 

 

Robert Valois

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Western Pacific

Dr. Robert Valois is a consultant to the Bureau of Health Promotion, Center for Health Promoting Schools, National Department of Health in Taiwan and also is an external advisor to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health and Primary Care, Bachelor of Science Programme in Public Health. Dr. Valois was chair of the external review panel that developed the Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Health and Sport Studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

 

Sudha Xirasagar

Health Services Policy and Management

Africa

Dr. Sudha Xirasagar’s research focuses on colorectal cancer screening, health disparities, stroke care outcomes, and international health services research in the areas of healthcare utilization, provider behavior, and clinical outcomes. She teaches a graduate course on international health and leads a two-week, India study abroad program for graduate and undergraduate students. Her recent research in international health has focused on maternal and child health services in Nigeria.

 

Alexander McLain

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Africa

Dr. McLain has led the development of statistical methodology to estimate the annual burden of child malnutrition and obesity in African countries in collaboration with the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Children’s Fund.  He is working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on a review of the methodology used to estimate the contribution of poor nutrition to the global burden of disease, disability, and mortality.

 

Donaldson Conserve

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Africa

Dr. Donaldson Conserve’s research focuses on strategies to prevent and treat HIV in the US and abroad. He is interested in examining social and structural factors associated with HIV testing, HIV status disclosure, HIV treatment initiation, and adherence and developing multilevel interventions to address barriers impeding individuals and groups from accessing HIV prevention and treatment services. He is currently researching on developing HIV self-testing and HIV status disclosure interventions in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and North Carolina. He also has new research efforts beginning in Haiti.