Tsega Gebreyesus, MPH, PhD

Tsega Gebreyesus, MPH, PhD

Name: Tsega Gebreyesus, MPH, PhD

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Research Interests:
Global health research

Office Phone: 
(301) 400-4159


PhD, Johns Hopkins University
MPH, Columbia University
BA, Bryn Mawr College


Dr. Tsega Gebreyesus is a Senior Global Health Researcher at the USU Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE). She spent over a decade studying and working in diverse contexts throughout Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Prior to joining CGHE, she trained and worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta in the Office on Smoking and Health’s Policy Branch and the Office for Public Health Preparedness and Response’s Division for Emergency Operations. She also worked as a lead international consultant on a multi-country research project with Catholic Relief Services and as an Associate Protection Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She obtained her PhD in International Health from the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and her MPH in Epidemiology and Global Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She received her BA in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Scholar
  • David L. Boren Fellow
  • Columbia University, Department of Epidemiology, Sidney Kark Award for Excellence in Global Health Research
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Excellence in Policy
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Excellence in Emergency Response
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Excellence in Communications
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Excellence in Domestic Response
  • Department of State, Critical Language Scholarship
  • Alliance Francaise Fellow
  • Bryn Mawr Summer Fellow


  • Life on the margins: the experiences of sexual violence and exploitation among Eritrean asylum-seeking women in Israel. Gebreyesus T, Sultan Z, Ghebrezghiabher HM, Tol WA, Winch PJ, Davidovitch N, Surkan PJ. BMC Womens Health. 2018 Aug 8;18(1):135. doi: 10.1186/s12905-018-0624-y.
  • Barriers to contraceptive careseeking: the experience of Eritrean asylum-seeking women in Israel. Gebreyesus T, Gottlieb N, Sultan Z, Ghebrezghiabher HM, Tol W, Winch PJ, Davidovitch N, Surkan PJ. Ethn Health. 2017 Dec 28:1-18. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2017.1418299.
  • Insights into the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria in Ghana: the role of caregivers and licensed chemical sellers in four regions. Adjei AA, Winch P, Laar A, Sullivan DJ Jr, Sakyi KS, Stephens JK, Adjei GO, Boateng IA, Aubyn VN, Kubio C, Tuakli J, Vanotoo L, Bortei BB, Amo-Addae M, Sorvor F, Coleman N, Dalglish S, Owusu R, Gebreyesus T, Essuman E, Greene R, Ankomah E, Houston K, Bart-Plange C, Salamat S, Addison EA, Quakyi IA. Malar J. 2016 May 10;15(1):263. doi: 10.1186/s12936-016-1307-5.
  • Asylum seekers' access to health care in Israel. Gottlieb N, Ghebrezghiabher H, Gebreyesus T. Lancet. 2015 Jul 4;386(9988):25. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)61194-1.
  • A qualitative study exploring barriers related to use of footwear in rural highland ethiopia: implications for neglected tropical disease control. Ayode D, McBride CM, de Heer HD, Watanabe E, Gebreyesus T, Tora A, Tadele G, Davey G. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2013 Apr 25;7(4):e2199. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002199.
  • The association of beliefs about heredity with preventive and interpersonal behaviors in communities affected by podoconiosis in rural Ethiopia. Ayode D, McBride CM, de Heer H, Watanabe E, Gebreyesus T, Tadele G, Tora A, Davey G. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Oct;87(4):623-30. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2012.12-0204.
  • Bodies in the Desert, Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine and the Huffington Post