PhD in Global Health

Peter Cherutich | Kenya | Implementation Science (2016)

Dr Peter Cherutich, a first generation PhD student in the implementation science/metrics track, obtained his medical degree from the University of Nairobi and his MPH from the University of Washington. He is passionate about measuring the impact of HIV prevention interventions on HIV incidence and survival. His research on partner services hopes to demonstrate the feasibility, effectiveness and budget impact of HIV partner notification in resource limited settings.

Apart from his academic work, Dr Cherutich is at the center of international efforts to catalyze the adoption of novel HIV prevention technologies. He is the founder and chairman of the Public Health Society of Kenya. He aspires to mentor future global health leaders and scientists in Africa.

Arianna Rubin Means | United States | Implementation Science (2017)

Dr. Means focuses on generating operational evidence needed to improve the delivery of routine primary healthcare programs in low and middle-income countries, both within health facilities and in communities. She is currently the implementation science lead for the DeWorm3 Project, a series of large hybrid cluster randomized trials in Benin, India, and Malawi. She designs and manages the DeWorm3 Project’s qualitative research studies, organizational readiness research, operational research process mapping studies, and economic evaluations. She also leads implementation science activities for a multi-country network of facility-based child mortality studies, which aim to improve care for acutely ill children living in countries with limited resources and prevent both in-hospital and post-discharge mortality. Dr. Means teaches the online Fundamentals of Implementation Science course, providing training to over 200 implementation scientists around the world, as well as the annual CFAR implementation science mini-course. 

A trained epidemiologist and implementation scientist, Dr. Means’ area of expertise is integrating evaluation of implementation outcomes into clinically oriented research to ensure that findings translate into the evidence needed to inform policy and guidelines. Dr. Means is a Scientific Associate at the Natural History Museum in London and an Associate Editor for PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

David Phillips | UNITED STATEs | Metrics (2017)

David Vogt Phillips is a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. His work focuses on impact evaluation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria as part of a multi-country, prospective evaluation. David graduated in 2017 from the Department of Global Health’s Health Metrics and Implementation Science PhD program, and is passionate about evidence-based global development. His PhD dissertation was part of an evaluation of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance where he measured determinants of effective vaccination in low and middle-income countries. A native Seattleite, David also attended UW for his undergraduate degree. He can usually be found gardening at his home in West Seattle, playing Frisbee with his dog or world-traveling with his wife.


DONG (ROMAN) XU | China |Implementation Science (2017)

Dong (Roman) Xu was the head of the China Office of the China Medical Board when he joined the PhD program in Global Health (implementation science) at UW. His dissertation was a randomized controlled trial of using mobile text messaging to improve the care of people with schizophrenia in rural China. His research has focused on service innovations and quality in primary health care. Roman has been leading the work of developing Sun Yat-sen Global Health Institute of the Sun Yat-sen University in China. In addition, he is leading a large research in assessing quality of primary health care in 7 Chinese provinces, using unannounced standardized patients. He is also working with colleagues in Nepal for a randomized controlled trial on a nurse-led continuum of care model for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes. You can find more information on Roman’s work from his Research Gate profile:

The University of Washington's PHD program was the bridge to connect his professional work to his academic career. Before his PHD study, he had worked closely with the Chinese government, the leading universities and the health systems in capacity building, service strengthening and institutional development in the area of health policy and systems. The UW experiences were instrumental in transforming his professional understanding of the health systems into academic explorations. He particularly enjoyed the high-quality quantitative and methodological courses at UW that he found difficult to pursue without a supportive academic environment. The strengthened relationship with the leadership, faculty members and students at UW is also critical in his effort to develop global health back in China.    

What is next for Roman? He will continue to devote much of his time to expedite the development of Sun Yat-sen Global Health Institute. His goal is to develop this institute into the very top research and education center in global health in China.