The Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University, directed by Dr. Rebecca Katz, was formally established in September 2016. The Center’s multi-disciplinary team develops evidence for action, providing decision makers with the tools they need for sustainable capacity building to prevent, detect and respond to public health emergencies. The team incorporates expertise in epidemiology, microbiology, virology, animal and human health systems, demography, economics, finance, statistics, and law.

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Center Faculty Affiliate, Michael Stoto, recently published a paper in Globalization and Health, on after action reviews (AARs) and improving global health security. This analysis reviews evidence on the effectiveness of AARs as tools for system improvement and summarizes key lessons about ensuring that AARs result in meaningful learning from experiences.

Read the full paper: Getting the most from after action reviews to improve global health security


Published in the Journal of International Affairs, an analysis from Matt Kavanagh, Rebecca Katz, and others found that pandemics and other infectious diseases have a high cost to the global economy, are responsible for over 300 million DALYs lost in low- and middle-income countries, and we cost an estimated USD 1.695 trillion in lost productivity. Meanwhile, strategic investments in a coordinated global-pandemics initiative could yield a return ratio of between $17-20 on every $1 spent.

Read the full paper here: Ending pandemics: U.S. foreign policy to mitigate today's major killers, tomorrow's outbreaks, and the health impacts of climate change


Alex Phelan and Rebecca Katz recently published a commentary in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics on legal epidemiology for health security and universal health coverage. 

Read the full piece here: Legal Epidemiology for Global Health Security and Universal Health Coverage


Urbanization is having a profound effect on global health and could significantly impact the epidemiology of infectious diseases. A better understanding of infectious disease risk factors specific to urban settings is needed to plan for and mitigate against future urban outbreaks. To address this gap, Matt Boyce, Rebecca Katz, and Claire Standley conducted a systematic literature review of the Web of Science and PubMed databases to assess the risk factors for infectious diseases in the urban environments of sub-Saharan Africa.

Read the paper here: Risk Factors for Infectious Diseases in Urban Environments of Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of Evidence


In January 2018, a second edition of the JEE (JEE 2.0) was released, identifying revised targets for public health capacity. Stephanie Eaneff, Ellie Graeden, and Rebecca Katz collaborated to write a white paper characterizing the changes in JEE 2.0 and their potential impacts on global and national public health planning and operations efforts.

Read the paper here: Capacity building under the International Health Regulations (2005): ramifications of new implementation requirements in second edition Joint External Evaluation

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