Joel Msafiri Francis

I am an epidemiologist working with the University of the Witwatersrand at the department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences.
For the past 12 years, I have been involved in conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and analysing rigorous quantitative observational and experimental studies (cluster-randomized trials, randomized clinical trials), systematic reviews and meta-analysis, implementation science and classical epidemiology studies. My substantive research interests have been on HIV, Alcohol and Other Drug Use, Mental Health, and Health Systems in Africa.
I am a member of editorial boards of two BMC series journals (BMC- Public Health & BMC – Global Health Research and Policy) and the PLOS One journal.
I hold a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree (equivalent to MBBCh) from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and a MSc in Epidemiology from Harvard University, USA and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of London (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), UK.


  • –present
    Project Epidemiologist, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2015 
    University of London (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), UK, PhD
  • 2006 
    Harvard University (Harvard T.H.Chan School Of Public Health), USA, MS
  • 2003 
    University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, MD