Global Population Health

A child cleaning their hands with a bar of soap.

Faculty are involved in a number of studies investigating disease prevention. Studies examining how to prevent diarrheal disease, a major source of death of infants and children in developing economies, could have enormous health impacts.

The study will compare DNA methylation in lung tissue from smokers, never smokers, and e-cig users to examine the biological effects of e-cigarettes.
Pavani Kalluri Ram, PhD, will study the benefits of water quality, sanitation and handwashing interventions for improving child health and development in Bangladesh and Kenya.
Pavani Ram, MD, will serve as senior medical advisor at USAID and provide technical leadership and technical assistance to USAID missions, regional bureaus and other Global Health offices on the prevention and treatment of severe infection in the newborn.
The project will study the changes in availability of soap and water at handwashing places and handwashing practices among student in public primary schools in Kisumu County, Kenya, before and after the provision of a redesigned handwashing system combined with behavior change intervention.
Review of current approaches to evaluating household and community effects of country Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) programs, and guidance in creating a stronger GSF monitoring and evaluation strategy.