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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 

 

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. Dr. Adams 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. Dr. Den Ouden was trained at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands, University College London in the UK, and at the Université de Montréal in Canada and did postdoctoral research in The Netherlands. 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

Originally from Iceland, Dr. Fridriksson’s research on stroke recovery and rehabilitation 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 that 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. Dr. Baalousha 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

Since 2002, Dr. Chandler has been the U.S. representative for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 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. He completed his Ph.D. while working as a research scientist at Bhabha Atomic Research Center, affiliated with the University of Mumbai in Mubai, India. 

Dr. Chatterjee's 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. 

Lead remains adjunct professor and co-director of the Facility for Environmental Nanoscience Analysis and Characterization, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. 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. 

 

Sarah Rothenberg

Environmental Health Sciences

Western Pacific

Between 2008 - 11, Dr. Rothenberg worked in rural China to characterize methylmercury cycling in rice paddies and the potential mitigation strategies. She collaborates with colleagues at XinHua Hospital in Shanghai, China, for studies concerning methylmercury exposure through rice ingestion, which is an emerging global health issue. She also partners with the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, Philippines, for research on heavy metal uptake in rice grain under various redox regimes. 

 

Eric Brenner

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Europe

In addition to his adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health, 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, Dr. Brenner 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 held at the Tata Memorial Hospital and Advance Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer in Mumbai, India, 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. Dr. Burch has also been involved in research in Latin America where he investigated indoor air pollution and respiratory health among Honduran women. In 2012, Dr. Burch was chair of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) 24th Annual Conference held in Columbia.

He has experience in several international settings (Bulgaria, Ecuador, Germany, Honduras, India, New Zealand, Spain, Venezuela).  He is participating in the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Specialist Program and the Global Health Initiative with USC’s Study Abroad Office. He serves as Faculty Advisor and Health and Safety Officer for the USC student chapter of Engineers Without Borders. They recently built a two-kilometer water irrigation pipeline for organic coffee farmers in the underserved community of La Victoria, Ecuador.

 

Hrishikesh Chakraborty

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

 

Dr. Rishi Chakraborty is the director of Biostatistics Collaborative Research Core for the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health.  He has collaborative and consulting research experience in public health, biomedical, clinical, epidemiologic, population and social science research.  His statistical expertise includes mathematical modeling, simple and clustered randomized trial design and analysis, longitudinal data analysis, hierarchical linear models, multivariate general linear models; mixed models include hierarchical modeling, categorical data analysis methods, survival analysis, non-parametric methods, and simulations studies.

Dr. Chakraborty has served in key roles as principal investigator, co-principal investigator, task leader, and senior statistician for large multicenter and clinical studies around the world. He has been involved in global health projects fousing on HIV/AIDS in Central Africa Region and maternal and child health in Malawi, Zambia, India, Pakistan, China, Brazil, Congo, Guatemala, Argentina and Uruguay.

 

Tom Chandler

Environmental Health Sciences

Europe

Dr. Tom Chandler, dean of the Arnold School of Public Health, is a professor in and former chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He also is director of the Meiobenthic Ecology and Estuarine Ecotoxicology Laboratory. Since 2002, Dr. Chandler has been the U.S. representative for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Expert Advisory Committee on Invertebrate Toxicity Testing, Paris.

His 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/aquaculture; environmental risk assessment of sediment-associated xenobiotics in estuarine ecosystems,trophic transfer of lipophilic pesticides, metals and organometals, microcosm modelling of meiobenthic communities under pollution stress, population level effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals.

He also studies the sediment microhabitat effects on stable isotopic and trace metal compositions of microcosm cultured deep-sea benthic foraminifera (Uvigerina, Cibicidoides, et al.); foraminiferal ecology/behavior, meiofaunal effects on mobilization of porewater trace metals.

 

Brian Chen

Health Services Policy and Management

South Asia

Dr. Brian Chen joined the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health as an assistant professor of health economics in 2011. He brings with him a global perspective on health and well-being, having lived and worked in health-related industries in Taiwan, Japan and France. Using the tools of economic analysis, Dr. Chen focuses his research on the organization and delivery of health care, as well as the social determinants of health in the United States and abroad. He has studied the impact of financial incentives on the provision of prescription drugs in Taiwan, the effect of increased malpractice liability on physicians’ diagnostic-testing behavior and procedure choice (also in Taiwan) and has explored the social determinants of health care utilization in China. His research interests include health care law, policy and management, international/global health, law and economics, and the economics of regulation in general.

Dr. Chen 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. Dr. Chen 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 of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the Arnold School of Public Health 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 is director of the Aphasia Laboratory within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. His NIH-funded research focuses on stroke recovery and rehabilitation, often using neuroimaging methods to predict health outcomes.

Originally from Iceland, Dr. Fridriksson’s 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 has extensive experience in global health and nutrition, and serves as Director of the Arnold School’s Global Health Initiative. He 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 has expertise in validation of measures, policy and program evaluation, and design and analysis of longitudinal studies.
Dr. Frongillo has served as a consultant and technical advisor for many nutrition initiatives through the World Health Organization, the World Bank, UNICEF, Micronutrient Initiative, and the Gates Foundation, and is chair-elect of the governing committee of the Global Nutrition Council, American Society for Nutrition. 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, Health Sciences Distinguished Professor, has been the director of the S.C. Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program (CPCP) since its founding in 2003. Dr. Hébert has conducted numerous research projects in South Asia and East Africa and was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship in 2008-9. He was selected for a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship in India in 1997-8, and to serve on the Provocative Questions Panel for US National Cancer Institute / Indian Department of Biotechnology in 2014.

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. Currently, CPCP researchers collaborate with scientists at hundreds of institutions in >50 countries around the world. 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. With one paper being published in the peer-reviewed literature every 10 calendar days, this represents one of the quickest adoptions of a scientific innovation in the history of biomedicine.

 

Mahmud Khan

Health Services Policy and Management

Africa

Dr. M. Mahmud Khan is chair of the Department of Health Services Policy and Management at the Arnold School Public Health. He also is a professor in the department.

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.

Dr. Khan brings a wealth of international health services experience to the Arnold School He has worked or published papers in Argentina, Bangladesh, China, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

Since 2007, he has been director of the Taiwan Program (with Show Chwan Healthcare System of Taiwan, Taichung) and co-director of China program, degree program development with Fudan University, Shanghai, China.  He also has been a consultant  for the World Bank, World Health Organization, School of Public Health of Hanoi in Vietnam, UNICEF, Swiss Red Cross, among many others.

 

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.

Dr. Liese 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

     

Jihong Liu

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Western Pacific

Dr. Jihong Liu, a perinatal, pediatric, and reproductive epidemiologist with a focus on obesity, lifestyle behaviors and chronic disease prevention in mothers, children, and adolescents.  Prior joining the Arnold School of Public Health at USC, Dr. Liu had extensive training and working experience in international health in China. In the past 5 years, Dr. Liu collaborated with Chinese researchers from the Shanghai Key Laboratory of Children’s Environmental Health at Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and from Schools of Public Health at China Medical University, Central South University, and Sun Yet-Sen University in research and training opportunity.  Currently, Dr. Liu is working on two funded projects in China: 1) maternal methylmercury exposure through rice ingestion and the impact on offspring neurodevelopment (PI: Dr. Sarah Rothenberg, Liu: Co-I); 2) joint effects of childhood obesity and PAEs on puberty onset in boys through Kisspeptin/GPR54 (PI:  Dr. Lingling Zhai, Liu: Co-I).  Dr. Liu 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 draws on extensive international experience for his research, teaching and service activities at the Arnold School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is collaborating with colleagues in Thailand in a study evaluating oral health and ventilator-associated pneumonia and also on dental caries prevention in children with disabilities. He collaborates with colleagues in Korea on preventive dentistry. Dr. Merchant is involved in a dietary intervention for cardiovascular health with colleagues in Saudi Arabia. He contributed to the Canadian Heart Health Action Plan to prevent heart disease and collaborates regularly with colleagues from Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, Canada. A consultant on obesity prevention for a Canadian municipality, Dr. Merchant consults internationally on cardiovascular research with the World Health Organization in New Delhi, India.

Recently, Dr. Merchant has been teaching a webinar in epidemiology to medical students at the Qassim University in Saudi Arabia. He also has offered workshops to junior and mid-level faculty in the dental school at the Khon Kaen University in Thailand on publication best practices. Dr. Merchant 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

 

Dr. Spencer Moore is a population health scientist in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina.  Dr. Moore received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Virginia and his MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina. 

Dr. 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, Dr. Moore’s research studies the importance of social capital in community resiliency and development following natural disasters. Dr. Moore 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

     

Russell Pate

Exercise Science

Europe

Dr. Russell Pate, a researcher in the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, is the director of the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group. Dr. 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, Dr. Pate 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

 

Dr. Shan Qiao is Assistant Professor, with an academic background in multiple social science disciplines (B.A. in sociology, M.A. in anthropology, and Ph.D. in public health) with specific training and expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research and behavioral intervention. She 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 has a joint appointment in the Arnold School of Public Health’s Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior and the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences. His current research focuses on the relationship between human rights abuses and health outcomes for Haitian agricultural workers, or braceros, in the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Simmons’ 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.

His teaching has included courses on Current Trends in Developing World Health, Medical Anthropology: Fieldwork and Medical Anthropology.

 

Xuemei (Mei) Sui

Exercise Science

Western Pacifc

Dr. Mei Sui earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Qingdao University, China, in 1995. That degree was followed by a master’s degree in pathology at the Peking Union Medical College, China; a master’s degree in biometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a doctoral degree in exercise science from the University of South Carolina. Her 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.

Dr. Sui has established a strong collaboration relationship with Beijing Sport University (BSU) and Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (FUTCM). She has been invited to give talks in these universities, publishing papers and working projects with Professor Zhengzhen Wang from BSU and Dr. Shouqing Huang from FUTCM. Dr. Sui has provided valuable input to help BSU’s new major on physical activity and health. She is also actively pursuing funding opportunities with FUTCM 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. With the aging of the Chinese population and the growing burden of lifestyle-related chronic non-communicable diseases, the role of physical activity in China is still lagging behind. Dr. Sui hopes extend her area of research to countries like China and other developing places.

 

Myriam Torres

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Americas

Dr. Myriam Torres is director of the University of South Carolina’s Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies and also is on the leadership staff of the PASOs program hosted at the Arnold School. Her research focuses on Hispanic/Latino health issues; perinatal issues among Latinas, and HIV/AIDS among Latino populations.

Dr. Torres brings extensive experience in international health services to her faculty post in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. 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.

She was the principal investigator for “Borderline Health: A Chartbook of U.S. Rural Health Indicators at the Mexico Border (2009 - 2012).”

 

Robert Valois

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Western Pacific

A faculty member in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior since 1990, Dr. Robert Valois brings a wealth of public health experience to his international work.

He 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

Prior to earning her PhD in health services policy and management, Dr. Sudha Xirasagar trained as a physician in India and worked in primary care, public health program development and research in India, having served as the director of Research and Training for the Indian Society of Health Administrators, as the Senior Medical Officer at the National Tuberculosis Institute of the Government of India, and Medical Officer providing primary care to tobacco cottage industry workers in Kerala, India covered by the Ministry of Labor. Since obtaining her PhD Dr. Xirasagar’s research has focused 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.