PhD in Global Health


Adrien Allorant, University of Washington Department of Global Health
Adrien Allorant, University of Washington Department of Global Health
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Adrien studied economics and statistics in France. After an internship in India and a one-year experience at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, his research interest and curriculum shifted toward public health and impact evaluation. Before joining the PhD program in Global Health – Metrics and Implementation Science, Adrien worked in Paris at the Gustave Roussy Institute - Premier European Cancer Center – as a biostatistician in clinical trials. Adrien is particularly interested in antibiotic resistance, both at the ecological (mathematical modeling of acquisition) and at the population level (medico-economic evaluation of its burden). He also has a vivid interest for cancer screening evaluation, especially in low-income countries.


Roy is particularly interested in measuring and evaluating health system performance and understanding constraints to delivering care. Roy joined the PhD program in Global Health Metrics and Implementation Science in 2013 after working as a Data Analyst at IHME for three years. During that time he developed systems for data collection and verification as part of the ABCE project and made many contributions to the estimation of non-fatal disease burden as part of the GBD 2010 project.  In his current role as a Research Associate at IHME, Roy has been working on a comprehensive assessment of the primary health care systems in Nigeria and Zambia. Recently, he has spent time in Zambia working with colleagues at the University of Zambia and local ministries on a number of research projects, including household data collection for the GAVI FCE project, and a qualitative assessment of health facility efficiency.


Emily is interested in implementing and evaluating interventions and policies to reduce health disparities. She currently works on the impact evaluation of Salud Mesoamerica 2015, a results-based financing initiative spanning 8 countries from Mexico to Panama. Before joining the Global Health PhD program, she advised on and researched health systems topics as a Researcher and Fellow at IHME, and implemented community health programs on the Haitian Central Plateau. She is originally from Seattle, and received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford, and MPH from UW.


Joey is interested in research pertaining to environmental epidemiology, in particular the study of ambient air pollution and other kinds of anthropogenic exposures. He joined the PhD program in Global Health Metrics and Implementation Science in 2017, after working at IHME for six years. He is a graduate of IHME’s Post-Bachelor Fellowship program, where he conducted a thesis project on spatial interpolation of air pollution in China and earned his MPH from the University of Washington. His undergraduate studies were also conducted at the UW and focused on environmental science. Joining IHME as a student assistant in 2011 and working his way up to a researcher position allowed him the opportunity to be involved in a variety of research efforts relevant to IHME’s mission of global comparative analyses. Most recently, he has been leading the production of environmental and occupational risk factors estimates for the 2016 iteration of the Global Burden of Disease.


Nancy Fullman, University of Washington Department of Global Health
Nancy Fullman, University of Washington Department of Global Health
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Nancy Fullman, MPH joined the PhD program in Global Health Metrics and Implementation Science in September 2017 after working at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in multiple roles. During her time at IHME, Nancy conducted research on tracking malaria intervention coverage and evaluating the impact of child health interventions in Zambia and Uganda; worked on a multi-country research initiative analyzing drivers of health system performance; and supported various research areas in the Global Burden of Disease study, particularly around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She also received her MPH in Health Metrics and Evaluation from the University of Washington in 2011. Nancy’s research interests primarily involve assessing various components of health system performance, especially around health service delivery and intervention coverage; measurement of the health-related SDGs; and impact evaluations.


Sarah is passionate about people and about informing effective health policies and interventions through better data.  After studying bioengineering at Rice University, she decided to shift her focus from the design of medical devices for low-resource settings in the lab to the measurement of health itself.  She came to IHME in 2010 as a UW MPH student and then became part of the first cohort of the metrics PhD program at UW in 2012.  Here she has applied her passion to generating estimates of disease burden around the world as part of the Global Burden of Disease 2010 and 2013 studies.  For her doctoral dissertation, she is exploring the subnational burden of disease in Indonesia at the provincial level, with an interest in expanding her career focus to include the cascade of applied burden of disease estimation: from estimating burden of disease itself, to assessing cost-effectiveness of potential interventions and policies, to offering intervention and policy recommendations.  Sarah’s research experience also includes health facility data quality assessment for the Salud Mesoamerica 2015 project, a results-based financing initiative to improve maternal and child health services in Central America.


Gregoire studied statistics and development economics in France, and has been interested in the frontier between measurement, policy design and implementation. Working for five years in different sub-Saharan African countries’ health information systems, Gregoire witnessed firsthand how little health policies rely on a good understanding of available data. His research explores new ways to mobilize data routinely collected in health systems to inform management and strategic planning. This data is often overlooked because of availability and quality issues, even though substantial investments are made to collect it. This raises efficiency and equity issues, and his hope is that increased comprehension and use of this routine data by people working in health systems can improve their commitment and ability to collect the data they need. After graduation, he wants to keep working on strengthening the capacity of decision makers in low-resource countries to use data to design home-grown health interventions adapted to their populations’ needs.


Modhurima is interested in applying and developing methods for estimating disease burden from mental and substance use disorders with a focus on low-resource settings. She has a background in healthcare analytics and has worked in geriatric mental health research laboratories. Modhurima holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics and Psychology and an MPH in Behavioral Health Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. 



With a background in statistics and demography, William’s research interests thus far have been influenced by his work at the Medical Research Council in South Africa. As a lead analyst within the country’s 2nd National Burden of Disease study it became clear that accurate and meaningful health information could not be derived directly when using the national vital registration data. Such information is crucial for developing national health policy that can be used to improve health. Generating improved estimates required developing various indirect estimation techniques. William hopes to build on this experience to further improve on the quality of the nation’s health data. He anticipates that his PhD dissertation will focus on small area estimation methods and their application in the measurement of burden of disease for South Africa and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa


Matthew received his Master’s in Public Health from University of Washington, where he also completed the Post-Bachelor Fellowship at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Upon completion of his MPH, Matthew’s background in program evaluation and econometric analysis enabled him to consultant for the global health policy teams and global health program monitoring systems for think-tanks, foundations and non-profit implementing institutions. Before returning to University of Washington, Mr. Schneider completed a two year fellowship with the Global Health Fellows Program as a Costing Technical Advisor with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As a technical advisor, Matthew collected, analyzed, and used costing data to improve the efficiency of the US Government’s HIV programs in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. By returning to complete his doctorate at the University of Washington, Matthew will further his interest in the ability to improve health systems through allocative efficiencies and measuring the impact of health systems strengthening programs.


Reed is an epidemiologist interested in the causal factors that drive disease patterns over time. His research at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation focuses on counterfactuals, predicting what a population’s disease burden would be under hypothetical scenarios. For example, for his dissertation, he aims to predict the potential outcomes of cancer and cardiovascular disease interventions. Reed has contributed to the Global Burden of Disease study and its various applications since 2014, including cost-effectiveness analysis and forecasting. He enjoys exploring how methods from other disciplines, like econometrics and machine learning, might advance the field of public health. Reed worked previously as an epidemiologist at the Washington State Department of Health and has taken several opportunities to support local research in Latin America and Africa. He received a MPH degree in epidemiology from the University of Michigan in 2011. 


Hong Xiao is a PhD student in Global Health (health metrics) at University of Washington. With a background in health policy, Hong’s interest is the impact of health policy and public investment in health on the burden of disease at the subnational level. Hong’s work experiences include interning in World Health Organization and the Center for Health Statistics and Information of the Ministry of Health of China. Hong participated in the third party evaluation lead by WHO of China’s health system reform, and the impact evaluation of maternal and child health program in rural China initiated by UNICEF. Hong has an equivalent Master degree for Public Health (health system tract), a BA in Biomedical English and a Bachelor Degree in economics (double major) from Peking University. Hong is still early on in his program, but he has a passion for learning and wants to return to China to strengthen research and capacity building in Global Health in Chinese Universities.