• Vice Chair, Global Health
  • Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Medicine - Allergy and Infectious Dis.
  • Professor, Pediatrics
  • Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology

University of Washington
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Judd Walson, MD, MPH is the Vice Chair of the Department of Global Health and a Professor in the Departments of Global Health, Medicine (Allergy and Infectious Diseases), Pediatrics and Epidemiology (Adjunct). He has an extensive history of conducting large observational studies and clinical trials in Africa and Asia, including ongoing studies in Benin, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. His research focuses on studies of neglected tropical diseases, enteric and diarrheal disease, HIV and endemic co-infections, and their relationship to child survival and early childhood development. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of observational research and clinical trials, and works closely with numerous government and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Walson has mentored over 60 post-doctoral, doctoral and masters levels trainees both in the US and overseas.

  • MPH (Tufts University)
  • BA (Pitzer College)
  • MD (Tufts University)
  • Nepali
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Diarrheal Diseases
  • Drug and Vaccine Development
  • Epidemiology
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Infectious Diseases (other than STDs)
  • Intervention Design and Management
  • Leadership and Organizational Development
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Neglected Diseases, Tropical Medicine (incl. Parasites)
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition, Clean Water, and Food Security
  • Pathogenesis
  • Poverty
  • Pulmonary Diseases and Pneumonia
  • Research
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • TB
  • Urban Health
  • Viruses
  • Waterborne Diseases
  • Zoonotic Diseases and Animal Health

Infectious disease; diarrheal disease, neglected infectious diseases, febrile illness, global health, environmental enteric dysfunction, climate change and health


The Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition Network. Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition (CHAIN) Network: a protocol for a multi-site prospective cohort study to identify modifiable risk factors for mortality among acutely ill children in Africa and Asia. The Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition Network. BMJ Open. 2019 Mar; 9:1-8e028454. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028454.
PMCID: PMC6502050.

A double-blind placebo-controlled trial of azithromycin to reduce mortality and improve growth in high-risk young children with non-bloody diarrhoea in low resource settings: the Antibiotics for Children with Diarrhoea (ABCD) trial protocol. Trials. 2020 Jan 13;21(1):71. doi: 10.1186/s13063-019-3829-y.

Walson JL, Pavlinac PB. Targeting enteric pathogens to improve childhood survival and growth. Lance Glob Health. 2018 Oct; 6(12):e1258-e1259. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30453-4.

Ásbjörnsdóttir KH, Ajjampur SSR, Anderson RM, Bailey R, Gardiner I, Halliday KE, Ibikounle M, Kalua K, Kang G, Littlewood DTJ, Luty AJF, Means AR, Oswald W, Pullan RL, Sarkar R, Schär F, Szpiro A, Truscott JE, Werkman M, Yard E, Walson JL; DeWorm3 Trials Team. Assessing the feasibility of interrupting the transmission of soil-transmitted helminths through mass drug administration: The DeWorm3 cluster randomized trial protocol. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018 Jan;12(1):e0006166. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0006166. PMCID: PMC5773085. [Original Work]

Means AR, Ajjampur SSR, Bailey R, Galactionova K, Gwayi-Chore MC, Halliday K, Ibikounle M, Juvekar S, Kalua K, Kang G, Lele P, Luty AJF, Pullan R, Sarkar R, Schär F, Tediosi F, Weiner BJ, Yard E, Walson J; DeWorm3 Implementation Science Team. Evaluating the sustainability, scalability, and replicability of an STH transmission interruption intervention: The DeWorm3 implementation science protocol. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018 Jan;12(1):e0005988. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005988. PMCID:PMC5773078.