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Kathryn H. Jacobsen

William E. Cooper Distinguished University Chair, Professor of Health Studies, University of Richmond

Kathryn H. Jacobsen, PhD, MPH, is a Professor of Health Studies and holds the William E. Cooper Distinguished University Chair at the University of Richmond. She was previously a professor of epidemiology and global health at George Mason University.

Dr. Jacobsen the author of two widely used textbooks, Introduction to Global Health and Introduction to Health Research Methods, and teaches courses on global health, epidemiology, research methods, and disease prevention and control. She is on the board of Teach Global Health, which promotes excellence in undergraduate global health education, and has chaired the undergraduate and master’s education committee for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

Her research focuses on the population health transitions that occur with globalization, socioeconomic development, and environmental change. Her research portfolio includes analyses of the global epidemiology of hepatitis A virus, emerging infectious and noncommunicable diseases, adolescent risk behaviors, and other global public health concerns. She has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles.

Dr. Jacobsen has served as a technical expert for the World Health Organization and other public health agencies, global health partnerships, and international health groups. She is a Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study collaborator; serves on several journal editorial boards (including Epidemiology & Infection, Global Health Research and Policy, and World Medical & Health Policy) and grant review panels; leads research writing seminars; and frequently provides health and medical commentary for print and television media.


  • 2021–present
    Professor, University of Richmond
  • 2006–2021
    Professor, George Mason University


  • 2005 
    University of Michigan, Ph.D. (Epidemiologic Science)
  • 2001 
    University of Michigan, M.P.H. (International Health Epidemiology)