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William M. Weiss, Dr.P.H.

  • Joint Appointment in Health Sciences Informatics

Research Interests

International health; Child survival; Maternal and child health; Community health; Community development; Health information systems; Management information systems; Health planning; Health monitoring; Health evaluation; Refugee health more


Dr. William M. Weiss is an associate scientist in International Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He holds a joint appointment in health sciences informatics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Weiss is a public health specialist with more than two decades of experience in working with and supporting health and relief programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is an expert in the assessment, monitoring and evaluation of programs, including the use of rapid-assessment methods, health information systems, and electronic and mobile health applications.

Dr. Weiss has extensive experience using quantitative, qualitative and participatory assessment methods, with specific applications that include household surveys, health facility surveys, clinical information systems, participatory learning and action methods, mobile data collection applications and surveillance systems.

In addition to teaching at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Dr. Weiss helps the staff of non-governmental organizations and local government officials to design, collect and analyze data that is useful for evaluating health issues, knowledge and practices among refugees and displaced persons, as well as for participatory planning aimed at solving health and development problems.

Dr. Weiss earned his DrPH in international health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health and his MA in international affairs – with a concentration in international development – from George Washington University. He also holds a BA in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1991.

Dr. Weiss has lived in Latin America and Asia and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. more


  • Joint Appointment in Health Sciences Informatics

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes

  • Refugee and Disaster Response, Center for

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Doocy S, Lyles E, Akhu-Zaheya L, Burton A, Weiss W. “Health service utilization and access to medicines among Syrian refugee children in Jordan.” Int J Health Plann Manage. 2016 Jan;31(1):97-112. doi: 10.1002/hpm.2336. Epub 2016 Jan 22.

Weiss WM, Murray LK, Zangana GA, Mahmooth Z, Kaysen D, Dorsey S, Lindgren K, Gross A, Murray SM, Bass JK, Bolton P. “Community-based mental health treatments for survivors of torture and militant attacks in Southern Iraq: a randomized control trial.” BMC Psychiatry. 2015 Oct 14;15:249. doi: 10.1186/s12888-015-0622-7.

Murray LK, Dorsey S, Haroz E, Lee C, Alsiary MM, Haydary A, Weiss WM, Bolton P. “A Common Elements Treatment Approach for Adult Mental Health Problems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.” Cogn Behav Pract. 2014 May;21(2):111-123.

Weiss WM, Kirsch TD, Doocy S, Perrin P. “A comparison of the medium-term impact and recovery of the Pakistan floods and the Haiti earthquake: objective and subjective measures.” Prehosp Disaster Med. 2014 Jun;29(3):237-44. doi: 10.1017/S1049023X14000466. Epub 2014 May 29.

Lee C, Doocy S, Deli A, Kirsch T, Weiss W, Robinson C. “Measuring impact: a cross-sectional multi-stage cluster survey to assess the attainment of durable solutions in post-tsunami Aceh, Indonesia.” BMC Public Health. 2014 Nov 17;14:1168. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1168.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Public Health Surveillance (340.770.01)
    Department of Epidemiology
  • Health Information Systems (221.637.81)
    Department of International Health
  • Introduction to M-Health and E-Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (221.649.81)
    Department of International Health
  • Evaluation Plans for Primary Health Care Projects in Low- and Middle-Income Settings: Evaluating Adequacy of District-Level Implementation (221.625.11)
    Department of International Health
  • Introduction to Household Surveys for Evaluation of Primary Health Care Programs in Middle- and Low-Resource Settings (221.626.11)
    Department of International Health
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