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David Peters

Dean of the Faculty of Health

443 Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies - HNES

David Peters studies how to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries, particularly to better serve poor and marginalized populations.

He has been a researcher, policy advisor, educator, manager, and clinician, working in dozens of low and middle-income countries (LMICs) for over 30 years. He is known for his collaborative work on developing the fields of health policy & systems research, implementation science, and on building institutional capacity through innovations in organization, technology, and financing of health systems.  His research program has been funded by over 30 grants as Principal Investigator (> US$60 million in career) that are typically collaboratively designed, implemented, and translated to inform health policy and practice in LMIC settings. He has led or co-led research programs working in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and at the global level.  His work has also led to over 150 peer-reviewed publications (over 230 publications overall including 8 books/monographs and 23 book chapters). While a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, he was advisor to over 100 graduate students and won 19 teaching awards. He is a much sought-after leader and advisor for international and national programs and is among the top 1% of most-cited scientists in the world (Ioannidis 2022).  

He has also made important contributions to numerous global health boards, advisory bodies, governments and universities, including the World Health Organization (Board Chair of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research); The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Scientific Advisory Board; and was co-Chair of the Canadian Institute of Health Research Advisory Board for the Institute of Population and Public Health.


Currently available to supervise graduate students: No

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No