Jeff Freeman, PhD, MPH

Academic Rank

Senior Professional

Department/Institute Affiliation(s)

Applied Physics Laboratory

Dr. Freeman currently serves as Senior Professional Staff in the National Health Mission Area of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, which is the nation’s largest and longest serving University Affiliated Research Center. At present, Dr. Freeman serves in both a management and technical role as the Senior Scientist and Assistant Program Manager for the National Health Mission’s Disaster Health Response Program. The mission of his program is to enhance health response to disasters by providing health enabling solutions and capabilities aimed at achieving a rapid, coordinated, and effective response. His program’s focus areas, include:

  1. Advanced modeling and simulation for large-scale, complex regional disasters;
  2. Situational awareness and autonomous systems;
  3. Agile engineering for an adaptive medical response;
  4. Event X (preparing for what we have not yet imagined)

Before coming to Johns Hopkins, Dr. Freeman was a research fellow in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. External to Johns Hopkins, Dr. Freeman is a Visiting Scholar in the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health at the Uniformed Services University. His formal academic training includes a PhD in Environmental Health and Engineering from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a MPH in Global Health from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, and an MS in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University School of Medicine (in progress). Dr. Freeman has advanced training and expertise in Public Health Informatics, Risk Sciences and Public Policy, Health Emergencies in Large Populations, CIV-MIL Humanitarian Coordination, and Global Complex Humanitarian Emergencies.

Research Interests:

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning applications in disasters and other emergency situations
  • Autonomous information and disasters response systems
  • Resilient and rapidly scalable emergency communications systems for critical event response

Select Publications:

  • Freeman, J., Blacker, B., Hatt, G., Tan, S., Ratcliff, J., Woolf, T., Tower, C., Barnett, D. “Use of Big Data and Information and Communications Technology in Disasters: An Integrative Review. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness (2018).
  • Freeman, J., Rosman, L., Ratcliff, J., Strickland, P., Graham, D., Silbergeld, E. “State of the Science in Dried Blood Spots.” Clinical Chemistry (2018).
  • Tappis H, Freeman J, Glass N, Doocy S. "Effectiveness of interventions, programs and strategies for gender-based violence prevention in refugee populations: an integrative review." PLoS currents 8 (2016).
  • Errett, N., Thompson, C., Rutkow, L., Garrity, S., Strauss-Riggs, K., Walsh, L., Altman, B., Freeman, J., Balicer, R., Schor, K., Barnett, D. "Examining Public Health Workers' Perceptions Toward Participating in Disaster Recovery After Hurricane Sandy: A Quantitative Assessment." Disaster medicine and public health preparedness (2016).
  • Wabiri, N., Shisana, O., Khangelani, Z., Freeman, J. Exploring the Social Determinants of Spatial Clustering of HIV Infections In South Africa. Human Sciences Research Council Press (2013).

 

Honors and Awards:

  • Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative Fellowship, 2017
  • Gordis Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2015-2016
  • Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education Fellowship, CDC, 2013-2014
  • CDC Millennial Health Leader, The King Center and CDC, 2013

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