Core Faculty

Christopher C. Whalen, M.D., M.S., Karen and Jim Holbrook Distinguished Professor in Global Health and UGA Distinguished Research Professor

Dr. Whalen received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1984 and his master’s degree in epidemiology in 1990. After obtaining the rank of professor with tenure at Case, he moved to the University of Georgia to help launch the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Since arriving at UGA, he has maintained his research program on tuberculosis and HIV in Uganda and directed an international training program on TB, HIV and bioinformatics. He teaches graduate courses on infectious disease epidemiology and advanced methods in epidemiology.

Juliet N. Sekandi, M.D., M.S., DrPH, Assistant Professor of Global Health 

Dr. Sekandi received her medical degree from Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda, in 1996, her master’s of science degree in 2006 from Case Western Reserve University, and her Ph.D. in public health from the University of Georgia. She taught at Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda for seven years before recently joining the faculty at the University of Georgia where she has aided in the development of the Global Health Institute. Her research focus is on tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, maternal health, cost evaluation, and the use of mobile technologies (mHealth) to improve health service delivery in Uganda and other developing countries. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in global health.

Paula Davis-Olwell, Ph.D., M.A., Clinical Associate Professor in Global Health

Dr. Davis-Olwell received her master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Alabama in 1989 and her Ph.D. (joint degree) in public health and anthropology from Johns Hopkins University in 1998. As a demographer with expertise in medical anthropology, reproduction, and public health nutrition, her research addresses infant feeding practices, mothers’ implementation of exclusive breastfeeding, and changing concepts of women’s reproductive identities in the face of globalization and HIV/AIDS, as well as present-day public health issues—malnutrition, food systems, maternal mortality, urbanization, and refugee health—through a lens of social studies of science and technology. She teaches undergraduate courses in global health, food systems, and global health policy.