Alain Labrique, PhD
Department of International Health
Prof. Alain Labrique is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative, a multi-disciplinary Center of Excellence of over 150 projects engaged in mHealth innovation and research across the Johns Hopkins system. An infectious disease and population epidemiologist, he serves on the faculty in the Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program of the Department of International Health.
Dr. Labrique was recognized as one of the Top 11 mHealth Innovators in 2011 by the Rockefeller Foundation and the UN Foundation and was a lead author on a Bellagio Declaration on mHealth Evidence. In 2018, he was awarded the Excellence in International Public Health Practice Award and a Distinguished Alumnus award from the Bloomberg School. Dr. Labrique received a Presidential Excellence in Advising Award for teaching and Bloomberg School recognition for teaching and mentoring students. His work on mHealth strategies for health system strengthening remains among the most cited mHealth resources in the peer-reviewed literature. Labrique has authored over 150 publications in high-impact journals, as well as many book chapters and technical reports on Digital Health, M&E methodologies and emerging infectious diseases.
Labrique has served as a Digital Health and Technical Advisor to several international and global health agencies and Ministries of Health including the World Health Organization, GSMA, USAID, Digital Impact Alliance and HealthEnabled. Dr. Labrique is the current Chair of the WHO mHealth Technical Evidence Review Group (mTERG) and the WHO Digital Health Guidelines Development Group, technical bodies convened by WHO to advise governments on digital health investments.
In addition to teaching and training students and faculty at Hopkins and as a Visiting Professor at institutions in Bangladesh and China, Labrique is lead investigator for several research projects measuring the impact of information and communications technologies on improving maternal, neonatal and infant health in resource-limited settings. He has, over the past decade, concentrated on developing and testing appropriate information and communication technologies (ICTs) that may strengthen gaps in health system performance - targeting both supply- and demand-side challenges.
Dr. Labrique is also actively engaged in developing and validating new public health technologies, and is the inventor of a number of patented diagnostic and anthropometric devices. Dr. Labrique speaks fluent English, French, and Bengali.
- Biomarkers of Environmental Enteric Dysfunction Among Children in Rural Bangladesh
- Defining a staged-based process for economic and financial evaluations of mHealth programs
- Development of an oral fluid immunoassay to assess past and recent hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection
- Erratum to: A systematic review of the epidemiology of hepatitis E virus in Africa.
- Mobile Technology for Community Health in Ghana: What happens when technical functionality threatens the effectiveness of digital health programs?
- Surveillance at private laboratories identifies small outbreaks of hepatitis e in Urban Bangladesh
Honors and Awards:
- Fellow, NIH mHealth Summer Institute, La Jolla, CA (2011)
- Johns Hopkins Faculty Innovation Fund Awardee (2011)
- President's Award for Excellence in Advising (2011)
- Inaugural Member, International Consortium for Control and Prevention of Viral Hepatitis E (2010)
- American College of Epidemiology (Elected Member, 2010) Delta Omega Inductee (2010)
- Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health Awardee (2008)
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Technology Transfer SEED Awardee (2005-2006)
- The David and Elinor Bodian Scholarship (JHU SPH) 2001-2002
- Ruth Rice Puffer Award for International Students (JHU SPH) 2001
- Charlotte Silverman Award for Outstanding Community Service (JHU SPH-Epidemiology) 2001
- Delta Omega (Alpha Chapter) Scholarship Recipient 2001
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