Program Faculty

Director

Bernhard Liese, M.D., D.Sc., M.P.H.

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 concentrations 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 M.D. and a D.Sc. from the University of Bonn and an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Faculty

Jennifer Huang Bouey, Ph.D, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.

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 developed courses on Epidemiology and research methods and currently teaches global health research methods. In her two decades long research career, Bouey has applied both qualitative and quantitative methods in many HIV prevention and health services studies among the marginalized populations in U.S. and China. Her extensive portfolio of peer-reviewed publications focuses on health equity barriers among rural-to-urban 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 Dialogue 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. 

Anca Dragomir, Ph.D., M.S.

Anca Dragomir is an Associate 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 fifteen 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, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a graduate degree in Mathematics from the West University of Timisoara, Romania. She has been awarded both a predoctoral and a postdoctoral NIH Intramural Research Training Award fellowship. 

Eva Jarawan, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.

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 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 an M.P.H. from the American University of Beirut. 

Matthew M. Kavanagh, Ph.D., M.C.P.

Matthew Kavanagh, PhD, works at the intersection of global health, politics, and law at Georgetown University. A political scientist by training, with a long history of work in global health policy and politics, his research and writing focuses on the political economy of health policy in low- and middle-income countries and the political impact of human and constitutional rights on population health. He is Assistant Professor of Global Health, Visiting Professor of Law, and directs the Global Health Policy & Governance Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. He has done research and policy work in in South Africa, Malawi, Haiti, Lesotho, India, and Thailand and was a visiting researcher at the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights, and International Law in Johannesburg. Grants for this work have come from the National Science Foundation, U.S. State Department, World Health Organization, amfAR: foundation for AIDS research, and others. Dr. Kavanagh is as a member of the UNAIDS Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee and the council of the American Political Science Association Health Politics and Policy Section. Prior to his academic positions, he led transnational policy efforts at NGOs in the U.S. and Southern Africa focused on HIV and tuberculosis treatment, international trade, and water rights. He has presented his research and analysis before the U.N. Special Rapporteur for the Right to Health, members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, and the U.S. Trade Representative. His work has appeared in The Lancet, Foreign Policy, Journal of International Affairs, Studies in Comparative International Development, Health & Human Rights and other leading journals and he have been interviewed in outlets including the New York TimesWall Street JournalBBC, and Science on the politics of global health.  Kavanagh earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, a certificate in health law from Penn’s law school, a Master in Communities and Policy from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Vassar College.

Listen to a podcast interview with Dr. Kavanagh from February 2020, in which he talks about his research, teaching, and the ways in which politics determine health outcomes.

Vincent Turbat, Ph.D., M.S.

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 International Health. His current research focuses on the Demographic Dividend and health financing. He is also consulting for different organizations. Vincent Turbat holds a Ph.D. 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, Ph.D, M.Sc.P.H., M.A.

Myriam Vučković is an associate 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, Global Health Promotion and the seniors’ DC based global health internships. She is also teaching global health electives on reproductive health, urban health, and gender & health in developing countries. Her research interests include urban health issues, reproductive and maternal health, as well as neglected tropical diseases. Dr. Vučković is a graduate of the University of Kansas (Ph.D., 2001) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (M.Sc.P.H., 2010) and holds further degrees from the University of Wyoming (B.A., 1992) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany (M.A., 1995).

Wu Zeng, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.

Wu Zeng, a health economist and physician, is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Health at Georgetown University. He has more than 15 years of experience of conducting research on health care systems, health financing, and cost-effectiveness analysis in both developed and developing countries. His research has concerned comparative evaluation of policies, programs, and interventions in improving access and utilization of health services, and health outcomes, as well as associated resources. Another research interest focuses on examining fund flow in the health care system to identify efficiency gaps to promote the efficiency of programs.  He has conducted research in about 20 countries, and received funding from the World Bank, USAID, UNAIDS, the Gates Foundation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Zeng received his M.D. degree from Fujian Medical University (China), and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Brandeis University.

Listen to a podcast interview with Dr. Zeng from November 2019, in which he describes his research and teaching endeavors.

Adjunct Faculty

Kerry Bruce, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., M.A.

Dr. Kerry Bruce

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 M.S. students in quantitative data analysis and monitoring and evaluation. Dr. Bruce is an active practitioner in the field of public health. She is the CEO and Founder of Clear Outcomes, a small woman owned management consulting firm that specializes in monitoring, evaluation and learning. In this role she provides technical leadership in health (HIV, MCH, FP, WASH, TB) and other topic area evaluations.  Prior to founding Clear Outcomes, she was the Executive Vice-President for Social Impact Inc, a 200+ person monitoring and evaluation firm in the Washington area. 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.

Dr. Bruce holds a DrPH in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina, an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and an MA from the University of British Columbia in Geography. She completed her undergraduate work at Pennsylvania State University in International Political Science with a Minor in Chinese language. She speaks Thai and Indonesian with professional proficiency.

In January 2019, Dr. Bruce was featured in an episode of the Georgetown Global Health Podcast.

Carlos Carrazana, M.P.H., M.B.A.

Carlos Carrazana currently serves as interim chief executive officer for Pact Global, an international development organization working in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. Previously, he was the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Save the Children, where he was charged with setting and executing the strategy for the organization.  Before joining Save the Children, Carrazana served as COO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), where he oversaw all operations and business functions.  Prior to EGPAF, Carrazana served as vice president of programs for health services and private sector partnerships at Abt Associates.  He also worked at Deloitte’s emerging markets division as managing director of the Summa Foundation.  He began his career at JPMorgan Chase in international banking.

Carrazana earned his undergraduate business degree at Bentley University and his MBA from the Kogod School of Business at American University. He also earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine.  Most recently, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree (Honoris Causa) by American University. 

Marta Molares de Halberg, J.D., L.L.M., M.M.A.

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 J.D. from Universidad de El Salvador (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and her L.L.M. and M.M.A. from the University of Washington.