Julie Herlihy

Assistant Professor, Global Health

University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD
Harvard School of Public Health, MPH

  • Office: Crosstown Center, CT385
  • Phone: 617-414-1455
  • Email: herlihyj@bu.edu


Julie Herlihy, MD, MPH, is a board-certified pediatrician with over 15 years of experience working in sub-Saharan Africa on community-based child survival projects. Currently, Dr. Herlihy is an Assistant Professor in Global Health and Pediatrics at Boston University’s Center for Global Health & Development with a research focus on newborn survival research. Dr. Herlihy is also Director of the  Pediatric Global Health Research Fellowship, a joint venture between Boston Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics and Boston University’s School of Public Health. In 1997, Dr. Herlihy lived in rural Zimbabwe working as a volunteer school teacher. Since then, she has worked domestically with East African refugee communities to increase access to health care via creation of a domestic community health worker model and training curriculum. From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Herlihy worked closely with Bwafwano, a community-based organization in Zambia, to create sustainable programming in micro-finance, pediatric care, orphans and vulnerable children programming, and HIV screening and treatment for children. Her role included program design, implementation, evaluation, and resource development. She has conducted research focused on persons living with disabilities, examining their risk for HIV and access to health services and education in sub-Saharan Africa.  Clinically, Dr. Herlihy has worked as a pediatrician in Boston, Liberia, and Zambia. Her current research interests focus on community-based models for maternal, newborn, and child survival.  Dr. Herlihy completed her clinical training in pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Boston and she holds a medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, a Master of Public Health degree in international health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and education from Brown University.

Dr. Herlihy hopes to combine innovative technologies with existing infrastructure to develop a program to help battle syphilis in pregnant women in Africa through a combination of mobile messaging technology and personal contacts by community health workers to ensure mothers’ compliance with tests and treatments.



Engagement of the Community, Traditional Leaders, and Public Health System in the Design and Implementation of a Large Community-Based, Cluster-Randomized Trial of Umbilical Cord Care in Zambia

Davidson H. Hamer, Julie M. Herlihy, Kebby Musokotwane, Bowen Banda, Chipo Mpamba, Boyd Mwangelwa, Portipher Pilingana, Donald M. Thea, Jonathon L. Simon, Kojo Yeboah-Antwi, Caroline Grogan, and Katherine E. A. Semrau

Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.. 2015 Feb; 92(3):666-672.

Local Perceptions, Cultural Beliefs and Practices That Shape Umbilical Cord Care: A Qualitative Study in Southern Province, Zambia

Julie M. Herlihy, Affan Shaikh, Arthur Mazimba, Natalie Gagne, Caroline Grogan, Chipo Mpamba, Bernadine Sooli, Grace Simamvwa, Catherine Mabeta, Peggy Shankoti, Lisa Messersmith, Katherine Semrau, and Davidson H. Hamer

PLOS ONE. 2013 Nov; 8(11):1-14.


Herlihy J. M.

Atlas of Pediatrics in the Tropics and Resource-limited Settings. Spector J., Gibson T.. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2009.

Global Health Training for Pediatric Residents

Stanton B., Huang C. C., Armstrong R. W., Sectish T. C., Palfrey J., Nelson B. D., Herlihy J. M., Alden E., Keenan W., Szilagyi P.

Pediatr Ann. 2009 Jan; 37(12):786-7, 792-6.

Proposal for Fellowship Training in Pediatric Global Health

Nelson B. D., Herlihy J. M., Burke T. F.

Pediatrics. 2008 Jun; 121(6):1261-2.

HIV and Disability: Community Assessment of Persons with Disabilities in Peri-urban Zambia

Herlihy J. M.

Master's Thesis Harvard School of Public Health. Boston, MA: Harvard University; 2006.

Cultural Factors for Persons with Disabilities in Zambia May Increase Risk of HIV/AIDS

Herlihy J. M., Thibeault R., Meyers S., Finnoff K., Fournier R., Lundquist M., Huppert M., Follett P.

XVI International AIDS Conference. Toronto, Canada: Havard University School of Public Health; 2006.