Alana Brennan


Boston University School of Public Health, PhD
Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
Knox College, BA

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Alana Brennan, PhD, MPH, is an Instructor in the Department of Global Health and an instructor in the Department of Epidemiology. She has almost a decade of experience working in the field of public health as a project leader and statistical manager. Dr. Brennan’s main focus is to apply biostatistics and epidemiological methods to evaluate aspects of HIV treatment using data from large observational cohorts in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to her dissertation assessing the shift to tenofovir use in first-line antiretroviral therapy for HIV positive adults in public sector treatment programs in sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Brennan has also been involved in key economic studies related to changing the South African national antiretroviral treatment guidelines, early vs. deferred pediatric antiretroviral treatment, and economic outcomes of patients receiving antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS. Prior to her work in South Africa, Dr. Brennan worked for the Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development on the Traditional Birth Attendant Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission study focused on training birth attendants to perform rapid saliva-based HIV tests at the onset of labor and dose both the mother and child with antiretroviral drugs if the results were positive to prevent transmission to the infant. Dr. Brennan holds a PhD in epidemiology and an MPH with a concentration in epidemiology from Boston University, and a BA in biology from Knox College.