Program Faculty

 

Director

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.

Faculty

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 35 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 social epidemiologist in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University's School of Nursing & Health Studies, where she currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in epidemiology and global health research methods. In her two decades long research career, Bouey has applied both qualitative and quantittative methods in many HIV prevention and health services studies among the marginallized populations in U.S. and China. Her extensive portfolio of peer-reviewed publications focuses on health equity barriers among rural-to-ruban migrants, immigrants/refugees, low income African American women, and sexual minorities. Her scholarly work has been supported by funding from Susan Mayer Professorship Endowment, DC Center for HIV/AIDS Research, National Institute of Health, U.S.-China Diaglogue on Global Issues Initiatives, and Maternal and Child Health Bureau of HRSA. Dr. Bouey is also a Global Health faculty fellow at the Center for Social Justice between 2017 to 2020. 

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 graduate courses for the MSc students in mobile technology for health, implementation science and monitoring and evaluation.  Dr. Bruce is an active practitioner in the field of public health.  Currently she serves as the Executive Vice-President for Social Impact Inc, a 200+ person monitoring and evaluation firm in the Washington area.  She provides technical leadership in health (HIV, MCH, FP, WASH, TB) and other topic area evaluations.  Previously, 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 two decades 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 School of Public Health and an MS degree from the School of Management both at the University of Minnesota, a BA in education from his native country Belgium, a Fulbright scholar in the US (New York State University) and a 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 a frequent consultant to the World Bank and bilateral agencies.  Prior to his present appointment, he served as lead health specialist at the World Bank, adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health, and associate professor at the School of Public Health of the University of Minnesota. His most recent analytic work and publications deal with autonomy of public hospitals in developing countries, pandemics preparedness and response, and applying research methods to health care services delivery. 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 in Nigeria and Yemen. 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 is an adjunct professor in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University's School of Nursing and health studies, and has been teaching at Georgetown for over 15 years.

Anca Dragomir, PhD

Anca Dana Dragomir is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Biomathematics. Dr. Dragomir also has an honorary faculty position at the Parker Institute, Copenhagen University Hospital, Frederiksberg, Denmark. While at Georgetown, she has served as the Epidemiologist for the Breast and Colon Cancer Family Registries Project, a large NCI contract awarded to the Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC). She has also served as the Director of the Clinical and Molecular Epidemiology Shared Resource at LCCC. The publication record of Dr. Dragomir includes 20 peer-reviewed publications and more than 40 abstracts presented at national and international conferences. She has more than 15 years of work experience as an Epidemiologist, including subject recruitment, questionnaire design, data collection, biospecimen collection/storage, biomarker measurement and evaluation, epidemiological analyses, and manuscript preparation. Dr. Dragomir has a Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC at Chapel Hill. She also holds a graduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Timisoara, Romania. She has been awarded both a predoctoral and a postdoctoral NIH Intramural Research Training Award fellowship. Dr. Dragomir teaches the Biostatistics course for the Master of Science in Global Health program.

Eva Jarawan, PhD, MBA, MPH

Eva 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 12 years of experience in the academic field teaching graduate and undergraduate public health and global health students.  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 in December 2014, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University where she teaches Comparative Health Systems, Health Policy, Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in developing countries, and Internship in International Organizations. Dr. Jarawan holds a PhD in Business Administration with a major in Health Administration and a minor in Management, an MBA from Georgia State University, and a Master of Public Health from the American University of Beirut. 

John F. May, PhD

John F. May is a specialist in population policies and programs, with a worldwide experience of over 35 years. He has worked on many population projects for the World Bank, UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), 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 (Dordrecht, NL: Springer, 2012), which has received the 2012 Global Media Award of the Population Institute for best book on population. He also co-edited the book Africa's Population: In Search of a Demographic Dividend (Cham, CH: Springer, 2017).

Myrtle McCulloch, EdD, MS

Awarded the 20-year silver medal from Georgetown University, Myrtle McCulloch is an assistant professor in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. She teaches courses in Nutrition, health, and disease prevention to nurses, pre-med, health studies, and International Health students. She also teaches a course on the the Global Consequences of Food and Nutrient Insecurity . She has experience in nutrition in health and disease through all stages of life, and occasionally works as a clinical nutritionist in area hospitals. Other areas of interest include eating disorders, genetically modified foods, food safety at home, and food insecurity worldwide. She has worked in public health nutrition in Costa Rica, as well as Calcutta and Hyderabad India. She grew up in Nairobi Kenya.  Dr. McCulloch holds a EdD in Human Develpoment from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, a MS in Nutrition from Columbia University, and a BS in Nutrition from Fordham University.

Marta Molares de Halberg, JD, LLM

Marta 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, and the international and domestic policies that determine or have an impact on the access of quality and affordable medicines. In the field of access to medicines her knowledge and experience covers among others the intricacies of the evolving intellectual property and trade regimes, and medicines manufacturing, pricing, procurement and distribution policies. Her extensive project work has also dealt with the human rights implications of health policies.  Molares de Halberg earned her JD from Universidad de El Salvador (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and her LLL and MMA from the University of Washington.

Vincent Turbat, PhD

Vincent Turbat started his career as a junior lecturer (and 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 in health financing, health sector reform, pharmaceuticals, HIV/AIDS prevention and care. In 1996, he joined the operations of the World Bank, first in East Asia, then in Sub-Saharan-Africa. From 2003 to 2006, he was the World Bank Country Manager for Niger, based in Niamey. He retired from the World Bank in 2010 to go back to teaching health economics to graduates and undergraduates at Georgetown University, Department of Global Health. His current research focuses on the Demographic Dividend and health financing. He is also consulting for different organizations. Vincent Turbat holds a PhD in economics from the University of Aix-Marseille II (1977, highest honors), a DES (pre-doctoral) in economics from the University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne (1972, honors) and a Masters in economics from the University of Orleans (1970, honors).

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), Dr. Vučković has gained in-depth knowledge of international partnerships and policies in the field of HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria control. Dr. Vučković regularly teaches several of the department’s core courses, including Introduction to Global Health, Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries, and International Health Promotion. Since the fall of 2012, she is also teaching a global health elective on urban health issues in developing countries. Dr. Vučković 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).