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Robert E. Black, M.D.
Director, Institute for International Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Joint Appointment in Medicine
Dr. Robert E. Black is a professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He holds a joint appointment in medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research focuses on infectious diseases. Dr. Black is recognized as one of the most ardent advocates worldwide for making zinc supplementation an integral component of primary child care.
He is the Edgar Berman Professor of the Department of International Health and the director of the Institute for International Programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
His current research projects include trials of vaccines, micronutrients and other nutritional interventions.
Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Black served as a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control.
Dr. Black has been recognized with several awards, including the 2013 Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award, the 2012 Heritage Award from the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association and the 2010 Programme for Global Paediatric Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health.
- Director, Institute for International Programs, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Edgar Berman Professor of the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Joint Appointment in Medicine
Centers & Institutes
Research & Publications
Dr. Black’s current research includes field trials of vaccines, micronutrients and other nutritional interventions; effectiveness studies of health programs, such as the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness approach; and evaluations of preventive and curative health service programs in low- and middle-income countries. His other interests are related to the use of evidence in policy and programs, including estimates of the burden of disease, the development of research capacity and the strengthening of public health training. His studies have demonstrated a highly significant impact of zinc in diminishing both the severity and the duration of diarrheal episodes in infants and toddlers.
Fischer Walker CL, Taneja S, LeFevre A, Black RE, Mazumder S. "Appropriate management of acute diarrhea in children among public and private providers in Gujarat, India: A cross-sectional survey." Glob Health Sci Pract. 2015 Jun;3(2):230–241. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-14-00209.
Kalter HD, Roubanatou AM, Koffi A, Black RE. "Direct estimates of national neonatal and child cause-specific mortality proportions in Niger by expert algorithm and physician-coded analysis of verbal autopsy interviews." J Glob Health. 2015 Jun;5(1):010415. doi: 10.7189/jogh.05.010415.
Baqui AH, Saha SK, Ahmed NU, Shahidullah M, Quasem I, Roth DE, Samsuzzaman AKM, Ahmed W, Tabib SB, Mitra DK, Begum N, Islam M, Mahmud A, Rahman MH, Moin MI, Mullany LC, Cousens S, El Arifeen S, Wall S, Brandes N, Santosham M, Black RE, for the Projahnmo Study Group in Bangladesh. "Safety and efficacy of alternative antibiotic regimens compared with seven-day injectable procaine benzylpenicillin and gentamicin for outpatient treatment of neonates and young infants with clinical signs of severe infection when referral is not possible: A randomized, open-label, equivalence trial." Lancet Glob Health. 2015 May;3(5):e279-87. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(14)70347-X. Epub 2015 Apr 1.
Liu L, Oza S, Hogan D, Perin J, Rudan I, Lawn JE, Cousens S, Mathers C, Black RE. "Global, regional and national causes of child mortality in 2000-13, with projections to inform post-2015 priorities: An updated systematic analysis." Lancet. 2014. Epub on Oct 1.
Liu L, Li M, Ju L, Yang L, Tan X, Walker N, Bryce J, Campbell H, Black RE, Guo Y. "Measuring coverage in MNCH: A validation study linking population survey derived coverage to maternal, newborn and child health care records in rural China." PLoS ONE. 2013. 8(5): e60762. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0060762.
Liu L, Johnson HL, Cousens S, Perin J, Scott S, Lawn J, Rudan I, Campbell H, Cibulskis R, Li M, Mathers C, Black RE, for the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) of WHO and UNICEF. "Global, regional and national causes of child mortality: An updated systematic analysis for 2010 with time trends since 2000." Lancet. 2012. 379: 2151-61.
Activities & Honors
- Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award, 2013
- Heritage Award, Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, 2012
- Canada Gairdner Global Health Award, 2011
- Programme for Global Paediatric Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health, 2010
- Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health, 2010
- Lifetime Member, Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society
Videos & Media
Lectures and Presentations
The Way Forward on Nutrition-Infection Relationships
Lecture , Inaugural Kruse Awards Ceremony and Seminar (05/21/2015)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Human Nutrition
Recent News Articles and Media Coverage
- “For babies, preterm birth is now the No. 1 cause of death,” NPR, Nov. 17, 2014
- “Malnutrition identified as root cause of 3.1 million deaths among children,” The Guardian, June 5, 2013
- “Nutrition ‘must be a global priority,’ say researchers,” BBC News, June 6, 2013
- “Microbe that lives in salt shows promise for salmonella vaccine,” Baltimore Sun, June 22, 2012
- “Zinc: Supplements for babies being treated with antibiotics appear to save lives,” The New York Times, June 4, 2012