Program Faculty

Faculty members who teach within the Master of Science in Global Health program specialize in a range of areas and are from the various departments, schools, and campuses at Georgetown University.  Below, read more information about each faculty member.


Bernhard Liese, MD, DSc, MPH

Bernhard Liese is chair of the Department of International Health at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies.  He has more than 30 years of experience in the field of health and development. His area of concentration are governance and organization of global health partnerships, particularly disease-related ones, and the effects of globalization on health. Prior to joining Georgetown, Liese had a long career at the World Bank, working in senior policy and management functions including, director of the health services department, senior advisor for human development, operations advisor, and principal tropical disease specialist. He was deeply involved in establishing health lending at the World Bank and also was the organization's representative for several of the large multi-donor global health programs. During a two-year secondment, he worked with UNDP’s Global Health Program as senior advisor on HIV/AIDS. Prior to joining the World Bank, Liese worked for several years as health project manager and director of a nursing and midwifery school for the Ministry of Health in Cameroon. Later, he was in charge of the Health Policy Desk in the Federal Ministry of Health in Germany. He holds an MD and a DSc from the University of Bonn and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Alayne Adams, PhD, MPH

Alayne Adams joins Georgetown's Department of International Health after six years in Bangladesh where she held the positions of Senior Social Scientist in the Division of Health Systems and Population Studies at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (icddr,b), Professor at the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, and Director of the School's Center for Urban Equity and Health. Her research interests include urban health systems, community engagement, urban nutrition, health equity, and the social determinants of health. Prior to joining icddr,b, Dr. Adams served as Executive Director of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS, global research to policy collaboration involving a network of over 300 individuals representing international and bilateral agencies, NGOs, foundations and academic institutions. Between 1997-2004, she was Assistant Professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. A Commonwealth Scholar, Dr. Adams earned her MPH and PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Peter Bachrach, MA

Peter Bachrach is an adjunct instructor in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. He specializes in health planning and financing and has other interests in health policy and sector reform, strategic program planning, sector resource management, and monitoring and evaluation. Before joining the Georgetown faculty, he worked for more than 30 years as associate director of health programs for an international NGO and as a freelance consultant. He has lived in Cameroon and Mali and has consulted for multilateral and bilateral aid agencies, government ministries, and non-governmental organizations in 35 countries in Africa as well as in Southeast Asia. He was previously an adjunct professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He has an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jennifer Huang Bouey, PhD, MBBS, MPH 

Jennifer Huang Bouey is an associate professor and a behavioral epidemiologist in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University's School of Nursing & Health Studies, where she currently teaches an undergraduate courses in epidemiology, disease patterns, and public health research methods. In the past five years, Huang's research has concentrated on HIV/STI epidemiology and social behavioral prevention/intervention among migrant populations in China and special needs of young immigrant families in the U.S. Her extensive portfolio of peer-reviewed publications focuses on health disparities among migrants and immigrant, and employs both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Her research and publications have been supported by funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Health Development of the National Institute of Health (R21, R01) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration (R40).

In March 2017, Dr. Bouey was renewed as the Susan H. Mayer Professor in Health Equity.  Click here to learn more about Dr. Bouey's research in China and Washington, DC.

Kerry Bruce, DrPH

Kerry Bruce is an adjunct professor in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University's School of Nursing & Health Studies, where she currently teaches two graduate courses for the MSc students in mobile technology for health and in implementation science.  Dr. Bruce is an active practitioner in the field of public health.  Currently she serves as the Vice-President for Performance Evaluation for Social Impact Inc, a leading monitoring and evaluation firm in the Washington area.  She provides technical leadership in health (HIV, MCH, FP, WASH, TB) and other topic area evaluations.  As the Senior Director for Global Health and Measurement for Pact, she was responsible for a team of 9 technical staff providing support to more than 20 country programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  Pact’s projects focused on HIV, maternal and child health and community health.  She also headed the monitoring and evaluation function for the organization.  Before joining Pact she was the Country Director for ICAP at Columbia University in Swaziland, directing the implementation of a clinical ART care and treatment program and multiple research projects.  Dr. Bruce has lived for more than a decade in Asia and Africa working in public health. Her courses and research aim to equip students with immediately applicable skills in the field of international health.

Willy De Geyndt, PhD

Willy De Geyndt holds a PhD degree from the Program in Hospital and Health Care Administration at the University of Minnesota, an MS degree from the School of Management at the University of Minnesota, a BA in education from his native country Belgium, Fulbright scholar in the US and certificate from the Sorbonne University in Paris. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, and consultant to the World Bank and the RAND Corporation.  Prior to his present appointment, he served as lead public health specialist at the World Bank, adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and associate professor at the School of Public Health of the University of Minnesota. His most recent analytic work and publications deal with noncommunicable diseases, the relationship between obesity and diabetes, applying research methods to health care services delivery and leadership and management. His previous publications analyzed a wide range of health and development issues with a special interest in measuring and improving the quality of care.

E. Hazel Denton, PhD

E. Hazel Denton is a population economist with an MA and PhD from Harvard University. Her 20 years at the World Bank included development of projects in health and population policy. This followed a wide-ranging career including teaching (Harvard Business School and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies), and government (National Security Council and Congressional Budget Office) with a particular focus on foreign assistance. She has been teaching at Georgetown for over 10 years.

Eva Jarawan, PhD, MBA, MPH

Dr. Jarawan is a public health specialist and operations manager with over 35 years of experience in international development, including 25 years at the World Bank.  She held several leadership positions at the World Bank, including: Sector Manager for the health program in sub-Saharan Africa, Human Development Manager for health, education and social protection for West Africa; and Lead Health Specialist and Operations Advisor for The Middle East and North Africa and for East Asia and the Pacific regions. She has more than 10 years of experience in the academic field teaching graduate and undergraduate public health students and conducting health research.  Prior to the Bank, Dr. Jarawan held academic positions in the department of Health Services Management and Policy at the University of Michigan’s (UM) School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, and the department of Health Care at UM’s School of Health Sciences in Flint, and at the department of Health Services Administration at the American University of Beirut. Since retiring from the World Bank earlier this year, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University where she teaches health systems and health policy. Dr. Jarawan holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a major in Health Administration and a minor in Management, an M.B.A. from Georgia State University, and a Master of Public Health from the American University of Beirut. 

Rebecca Katz, PhD, MPH

Dr. Rebecca Katz is an Associate Professor of International Health at Georgetown University and co-director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security. Previously, she spent ten years as a faculty member at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. For the past twelve years, she has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, focusing on the Biological Weapons Convention. Dr. Katz is  trained in epidemiology, demography, economics, global health and public policy. Dr. Katz has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from Swarthmore College, a Masters in Public Health from Yale University, and a PhD from Princeton University.

John F. May, PhD

John F. May is a specialist in population policies and programs, with a worldwide experience of over 35 years. He is currently a visiting Scholar at the Population Reference Bureau. He has worked on many population projects for the World Bank, UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). He earned a BA in modern history (1973) and an MA in demography (1985) from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), and he received his Doctorate in Demography summa cum laude from the University of Paris-V (Sorbonne) in 1996. He is the author of World Population Policies: Their Origin, Evolution, and Impact (New York: Springer, 2012), which has received the 2012 Global Media Award of the Population Institute for best book on population.

William McGreevey, PhD

As associate professor of international health, William McGreevey (PhD, Economics, MIT, 1965) will be teaching classes on political economy of health and development. Prior to his appointment in 2007 at Georgetown, McGreevey spent some 20 years at the World Bank. He has focused in recent years on issues in the economics of HIV/AIDS in developing countries and prospects for health system strengthening in low- and middle-income countries. He was a member of the team that produced the resource requirements estimates for UNGASS that were later used by The Global Fund and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). He advises UNAIDS, The Global Fund, USAID, the multi-lateral banks, and other organizations on resource flows and the impact of HIV/AIDS on development. At the World Bank, he helped produce World Development Report 1984, on population and development. He managed sector analyses in Brazil and was chief of the unit dealing with human resources for Mexico and Central America (1986-92). His work took him to more than 70 countries in all world regions. Before joining the World Bank, he managed population and development projects sponsored by USAID (1972-80), and taught economics and economic history at University of California at Berkeley (1965-71).

Marta Molares de Halberg, JD, LLM

Molares de Halberg is an Argentine attorney with over 30 years of World Bank project finance and development experience, including extensive work on projects in the health sector addressing in particular the role of institutions, the international and domestic policies that determine or have an impact on the access of quality and affordable medicines such as the evolving intellectual property and trade regimes and medicines manufacturing, procurement and distribution policies, as well as the role of pharmaceuticals and other stakeholders and the human rights implications of these policies.

Vincent Turbat, PhD

Vincent Turbat started his career as a junior lecturer/researcher in economics in the French University of Saint Etienne in 1972. During his 19 years in different French universities, he shared his time between teaching and researching, mostly in macroeconomics, growth and development, and health economics. He joined the World Bank in 1991 as a health economist to develop and deliver learning programs for the health sector (health financing, health sector reform, pharmaceuticals, HIV/AIDS prevention and care). In 1996, he joined the operations sector of the World Bank, first in East Asia, then in Africa. From 2003 to 2006, he was the World Bank country manager for Niger. He retired from the World Bank in 2010 to go back to teaching and researching, to which he has added consulting.  Turbat holds a PhD from the University of Aix-Marseille (1977) and a master’s in economics from the University of Orleans (1970).

Myriam Vučković, PhD

Myriam Vučković is an assistant professor in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University's School of Nursing & Health Studies. From 2001-2006 and then again from 2009-2012, Dr. Vučković worked for the German development organization GIZ in the field of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS control, at their head office in Germany, as well as for three years in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. As a former long-time member of the German delegation to the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), Vučković has gained in-depth knowledge of international partnerships and policies in the field of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria control.  Vučković has taught the department’s course in maternal and child health and coordinates and teaches the “Internship in International Organizations” class. Since the fall of 2007, she is teaching a seminar on the political, economic and legal dimensions of HIV/AIDS, together with Professor William McGreevey. Since the fall of 2012, she is also teaching a new class on urban health issues in developing countries. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas (PhD 2001) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MScPH 2010) and holds further degrees from the University of Wyoming (BA 1992) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany (MA 1995).