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Salma Abdalla, MBBS, MPH, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Global Health - Boston University School of Public Health

Biography

Salma Abdalla, a Sudanese medical doctor, is an Assistant Professor in Global Health and Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. She was the Director of the Rockefeller-Boston University 3-D Commission on Determinants of health, Data science, and Decision making. She also served as a secretariat member for the WHO Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her research focuses on understanding how microsocial forces shape the health of the population. In particular, she studies how data on the social, economic, and commercial determinants can be used to inform decision-making on health and health equity in different contexts. She also studies the effects of trauma on global population mental health. She has published over 50 scientific journal articles, co-authored 8 reports and policy briefs, and co-authored 9 book chapters.
Dr Abdalla was also engaged in advocacy efforts to incorporate the voices of young people in setting the global public health agenda for a number of years. She was elected the Secretary General of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations for the term 2013-2014. She was also named an emerging voice in global health in 2018 and a Moremi fellow for young women leadership in Africa in 2012.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health

Education

  • Boston University School of Public Health, DPH/DrPH
  • University of Khartoum, MBBS
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH720

Publications

  • Published on 11/3/2023

    Galea S, Abdalla SM. Data to Improve Global Health Equity-Key Challenges. JAMA Health Forum. 2023 Nov 03; 4(11):e234433. PMID: 37917051.

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  • Published on 10/26/2023

    Dewhurst E, Ettman CK, Hare Bork R, Thornburg B, Abdalla SM, Galea S, Castrucci BC. Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Governmental Public Health Workforce and General Population. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2024 Jan-Feb 01; 30(1):E14-E20. PMID: 37882760.

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  • Published on 10/15/2023

    Ettman CK, Subramanian M, Fan AY, Adam GP, Abdalla SM, Galea S, Stuart EA. Assets and depression in U.S. adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: a systematic review. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2023 Oct 15. PMID: 37838630.

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  • Published on 8/16/2023

    Abdalla SM, Koya SF, Rosenberg SB, Stovall IB, Biermann O, Zeinali Z, Cohen GH, Ettman CK, Galea S. Pandemic stressors and mental health indicators in eight countries. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2023 Aug 16. PMID: 37587229.

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  • Published on 8/7/2023

    Cohen GH, Wang R, Sampson L, Lowe SR, Ettman CK, Abdalla SM, Wellenius GA, Cabral H, Ruggiero K, Galea S. Depression and PTSD among Houston Residents who Experienced Hurricane Harvey and COVID-19: Implications for Urban Areas Affected by Multiple Disasters. J Urban Health. 2023 Aug; 100(4):860-869. PMID: 37550501.

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  • Published on 7/25/2023

    Babbs G, Weber SE, Abdalla SM, Cesare N, Nsoesie EO. Use of machine learning methods to understand discussions of female genital mutilation/cutting on social media. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(7):e0000878. PMID: 37490461.

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  • Published on 4/7/2023

    Galea S, Abdalla SM. The Case for Optimism in Health and Health Care. JAMA Health Forum. 2023 Apr 07; 4(4):e231159. PMID: 37022708.

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  • Published on 3/21/2023

    Maani N, Abdalla SM, Ettman CK, Parsey L, Rhule E, Allotey P, Galea S. Global Health Equity Requires Global Equity. Health Equity. 2023; 7(1):192-196. PMID: 36960163.

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  • Published on 3/21/2023

    Maani N, Abdalla SM, Ettman CK, Parsey L, Rhule E, Allotey P, Galea S. Global Health Equity Requires Global Equity. Health Equity. 2023; 7(1):192-196. PMID: 36960163.

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  • Published on 2/9/2023

    Fazaludeen Koya S, Abdalla SM, Kodama C, Keita M, Abubakar A. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: A Systematic Review. J Epidemiol Glob Health. 2023 Mar; 13(1):105-114. PMID: 36757670.

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