Ostermann, Jan

Position: Associate Research Professor at Duke University

Background: Jan Ostermann, Ph.D., is an Associate Research Professor in Duke University’s Global Health Institute. Dr. Ostermann is a health services and population health researcher who specializes in analytic techniques for longitudinal and complex survey designs. Dr. Ostermann led the research design for the multi-year, five country orphan research, and residing in Tanzania for 5 years.


Ph.D., University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill, 2000

M.S., Health Policy& Management, University at Albany, Albany, NY, 1996

B.A. (equiv.), Business Admin/Economics, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany, 1994

Current Projects: Dr. Ostermann is currently working on a variety of projects through the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR) at Duke University. His current projects include: Positive Outcomes for Orphans (POFO) and feasibility of discrete choice  experiments to determine preferences for alternative HIV testing options

Contact Information:

Email: jan.ostermann@gmail.com

Mail: 2812 Erwin Road, Suite 403; Durham, NC 27705-4594

OVC Wellbeing Content:

Correlates of Poor Health among Orphans and Abandoned Children in Less Wealthy Countries: The Importance of Caregiver Health

More than the loss of a parent: Potentially traumatic events among orphaned and abandoned children

Child work and labour among orphaned and abandoned children in five low and middle income countries

Prevalence and predictors of HIV-related stigma among institutional- and community-based caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children living in five less-wealthy countries

A Comparison of the Wellbeing of Orphans and Abandoned Children Ages 6–12 in Institutional and Community-Based Care Settings in 5 Less Wealthy Nations

A conceptual framework for the targeting and evaluation of UNICEF-supported pro-equity programmes

A Brief Assessment of Learning for Orphaned and Abandoned Children in Low and Middle Income Countries

Malawi Orphans and Vulnerable Children Evaluation (MOVE)

Cambodia Orphan Project Evaluation (COPE)

Positive Outcomes for Orphans (POFO): Longitudinal study of orphaned and abandoned children (OAC) from ages 6-12 to ages 15-21 living in 6 diverse settings

Child transitions from residential facilities to other communities: predictors of child wellbeing

News articles:

Duke study recently released finds orphans in need of protection

Study finds orphanages are viable option for some children

Protective mental health services critical for orphans worldwide

DGHI study finds child labour is prevalent among orphans

Study finds less reported HIV-related stigma against orphans in institutional care

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