Dr. Hirut Gebrekristos

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Dr. Hirut Gebrekristos is Associate Professor of Public Health.  She joined Mercer University in 2023.

Dr. Gebrekristos earned her PhD in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Public Health in International Health from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College.

Prior to joining Mercer University, Dr. Gebrekristos developed a funded research project at the Department of Veterans Administration.  She was an Assistant Professor at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where she taught courses on epidemiology methods and conducted research on Chagas disease, health inequalities, and developed methods on interaction in epidemiology.

Her teaching responsibilities include social epidemiology and social determinants of health.  Her research interests include health inequalities research and developing epidemiologic methods.  Over twenty years of HIV research experience among highly vulnerable and often marginalized populations forms her interest in health inequalities.  More recently, she has collaborated with faculty at the Morehouse School of Medicine on research in COPD.  Overall, her research is focused on developing methods that can help translate research into practical public health interventions and programs.

Dr. Gebrekristos is a member of the American Public Health Association and Society for Epidemiologic Research.

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