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Dr Melissa Neuman
  • Research Associate
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Educational qualifications

Harvard School of Public Health, Sept. 2008-Nov. 2012. ScD, Social and Behavioural Sciences (Major field: social epidemiology; minor fields: quantitative research methods, health and policy) 

Columbia University, Sept. 2002 – May 2004. MS, Urban planning. Major fields: international planning, planning and public health

Research Summary

Melissa has an Sc.D. in social epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and an MS in urban planning from Columbia University. She is interested in research investigating the social and economic factors influencing health and nutrition in low-income societies. Past research topics have included:

  • How stigma and discrimination influence HIV testing and care-seeking among health facility users in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Whether national economic development and openness to trade are associated with urban-rural or socioeconomic disparities in over- and underweight among adult women in low- and medium-income countries
  • What determines caesarean delivery among health facility users in rural South Asia
  • What determines food security and healthy nutrition among children in rural Nepal and Malawi?

Her analytical and technical skills include:

  • Manipulation and analysis of large complex survey datasets
  • Analysis of hierarchical or correlated data using longitudinal and multilevel methods and structural equation models
  • Use of spatial data in health research
  • Strategies for theory-based program monitoring and impact evaluation
  • Mixed methods research and framework analysis
  • Analysis software: Stata, SAS, MLwiN, R, MPlus, NVivo, ArcGIS

Teaching Summary

Her teaching experience includes:

  • Research in action: the quantitative approach (2015): Bias and effect modification; Principles of linear regression; Principles of logistic regression
  • Global health policy (2014): Health inequalities and inequities
  • Global citizenship program in global health (2014): Epidemiology: past, present, future
  • Health management: planning and programme design (2014): Monitoring and evaluation
  • Wellcome Trust Strategic Award partners training (2014): Bias and effect modification; Principal Components Analysis; Complex survey design
  • Essentials of international child health (2013): Social determinants of child health
  • Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation research

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