Position: Director, Center for Global Health & Development at Boston University,
Professor and Chair of the Department of International Health
Background: Jonathon Lee Simon, MPH, DSc, Director of the Center for Global Health & Development, leads scientific and strategic efforts of the CGHD. Dr. Simon is also Chair of the Department of International Health and Professor of International Health at Boston University School of Public Health. He received his Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California at Berkeley; his MPH is also from UC Berkeley. Dr. Simon received his Doctorate of Science from the Harvard University School of Public Health, having completed dissertation research on the changing demography of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Simon has had extensive experience working in Africa and South Asia, particularly on issues including child survival, infectious diseases, and capacity strengthening. For the past seven years, he has been part of a core research team at the CGHD evaluating the social and economic impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic while maintaining an active role in the center’s ongoing child survival research work. He serves as Principal Investigator (PI) of an applied research project on orphans and vulnerable children. He remains involved in the technical work on HIV economics and program evaluation studies. Dr. Simon teaches a master’s-level course on the history of the public health movement and advises doctoral students.
Dr. Simon has been involved in applied child health research activities for 25 years, working in more than 20 developing countries. Before joining Boston University in 2001, Dr. Simon was a tenured Fellow of the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID), and Director of the HIID Health Office. During his tenure at HIID, he was resident in Pakistan for two years as the regional advisor. He worked extensively on strengthening institutional and individual research capacity.
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