Jonathon L. Simon, DSc

Robert A. Knox Professor of Global Health, Global Health
Jonathon Simon
Crosstown Center – CT373
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Jonathon Lee Simon, D.Sc., M.P.H. is the Director of the Center for Global Health and Development (CGHD), a multidisciplinary university-wide research center focused on health and socio-economic development problems among marginalized populations in middle and low-income settings. Dr. Simon is the Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University. He received his B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies and his MPH is from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He received his Doctorate of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health, having completed dissertation research on the changing family demography in urban slum communities in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Before joining Boston University, Dr. Simon was a Fellow of the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID). He has been involved with applied child survival research activities for more than 25 years, working in numerous developing countries most extensively in Africa and South Asia. His primary focus is on, policy and program-relevant research related to diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria with an explicit commitment to strengthening host country child health research capacity as part of all the activities. Dr. Simon served in resident positions in Tanzania and Pakistan. He recently served as global team leader of external evaluations of The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. He is involved in conducting evaluation research studies of interventions aimed at improving the well being of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). He is actively engaged with CGHD’s Program Evaluation and the Economic Impacts of HIV/AIDS Working Groups. Dr. Simon teaches a global public health history course to the incoming MPH students as well as a course on scientific inquiry in the Kilachand Honors College for BU undergraduates in addition to mentoring doctoral students.

Other Positions:

  • Professor, Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health


  • Harvard School of Public Health, DSc
  • University of California-Berkeley, MPH
  • University of California-Berkeley, BSc

Classes Taught

  • SPHIH703


  • Published on 2/2/2015

    Hamer DH, Herlihy JM, Musokotwane K, Banda B, Mpamba C, Mwangelwa B, Pilingana P, Thea DM, Simon JL, Yeboah-Antwi K, Grogan C, Semrau KE. 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. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2015 Mar 4; 92(3):666-72.

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  • Published on 1/2/2013

    Larson BA, Fox MP, Bii M, Rosen S, Rohr J, Shaffer D, Sawe F, Wasunna M, Simon JL. Antiretroviral therapy, labor productivity, and sex: a longitudinal cohort study of tea pluckers in Kenya. AIDS. 2013 Jan 2; 27(1):115-23.

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  • Published on 2/3/2011

    Gill CJ, Phiri-Mazala G, Guerina NG, Kasimba J, Mulenga C, MacLeod WB, Waitolo N, Knapp AB, Mirochnick M, Mazimba A, Fox MP, Sabin L, Seidenberg P, Simon JL, Hamer DH. Effect of training traditional birth attendants on neonatal mortality (Lufwanyama Neonatal Survival Project): randomised controlled study. BMJ. 2011; 342:d346.

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  • Published on 6/23/2010

    Beard J, Biemba G, Brooks MI, Costello J, Ommerborn M, Bresnahan M, Flynn D, Simon JL. Children of female sex workers and drug users: a review of vulnerability, resilience and family-centred models of care. J Int AIDS Soc. 2010; 13 Suppl 2:S6.

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  • Published on 2/1/2010

    Fox MP, McCoy K, Larson BA, Rosen S, Bii M, Sigei C, Shaffer D, Sawe F, Wasunna M, Simon JL. Improvements in physical wellbeing over the first two years on antiretroviral therapy in western Kenya. AIDS Care. 2010 Feb; 22(2):137-45.

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  • Published on 1/30/2008

    Larson BA, Fox MP, Rosen S, Bii M, Sigei C, Shaffer D, Sawe F, Wasunna M, Simon JL. Early effects of antiretroviral therapy on work performance: preliminary results from a cohort study of Kenyan agricultural workers. AIDS. 2008 Jan 30; 22(3):421-5.

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  • Published on 1/29/2008

    Sipilanyambe N, Simon JL, Chanda P, Olumese P, Snow RW, Hamer DH. From chloroquine to artemether-lumefantrine: the process of drug policy change in Zambia. Malar J. 2008; 7:25.

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  • Published on 1/5/2008

    Hazir T, Fox LM, Nisar YB, Fox MP, Ashraf YP, MacLeod WB, Ramzan A, Maqbool S, Masood T, Hussain W, Murtaza A, Khawar N, Tariq P, Asghar R, Simon JL, Thea DM, Qazi SA. Ambulatory short-course high-dose oral amoxicillin for treatment of severe pneumonia in children: a randomised equivalency trial. Lancet. 2008 Jan 5; 371(9606):49-56.

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  • Published on 11/1/2007

    Parikh A, Desilva MB, Cakwe M, Quinlan T, Simon JL, Skalicky A, Zhuwau T. Exploring the Cinderella myth: intrahousehold differences in child wellbeing between orphans and non-orphans in Amajuba District, South Africa. AIDS. 2007 Nov; 21 Suppl 7:S95-S103.

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  • Published on 5/23/2007

    Hamer DH, Ndhlovu M, Zurovac D, Fox M, Yeboah-Antwi K, Chanda P, Sipilinyambe N, Simon JL, Snow RW. Improved diagnostic testing and malaria treatment practices in Zambia. JAMA. 2007 May 23; 297(20):2227-31.

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