Matthew Freeman PhD, MPH

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  • BA, 2000, Wesleyan University

  • MPH, 2005, Emory University

  • PhD, 2011, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Areas of Interest

  • Global Health

  • Infectious Diseases

  • Safe Water and Sanitation

  • Environmental Health

Courses Taught

  • GH 560: Monitoring & Evaluation of Global Public Health Programs

  • GH 565: Developing Monitoring & Evaluation Plans for Public Health Programs


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Matthew Freeman is an Associate Professor in Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, with joint appointments in Epidemiology and Global Health, and is a Fellow at Emory's Global Health Institute.

The work of the Freeman Research Group is focused on assessing the role of the lived environmental on health of marginalized populations in low-income settings. We are interested in designing theory-informed interventions of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) technologies and behaviors, and quantifying impacts through rigorous experimental and quasi-experimental methodologies; understanding drivers of behavior change and program sustainability; and utilizing implementation science frameworks to assess fidelity and context. Specifically, we are interested in the complementary role WASH can play in mitigating the burden of neglected tropical diseases and the intersection of WASH and nutrition. Our work asks policy relevant health and development questions inclose collaboration with myriad state and non-governmental stakeholders, including CARE, WaterAid, Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, UNICEF and others.

Dr. Freeman has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications. He serves on the global STH Advisory Committee and contracts and advises the WHO on issues related to handwashing and hygiene, trachoma control, and STH control and WASH. He co-directs Emory's program in Global Environmental Health. In 2016, Dr. Freeman received the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health Early Career Research Award. In 2018, he received the Environmental Health Department Excellence in Teaching Award.

In 2000, Matt received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Wesleyan University and subsequently received his Master of Public Health (MPH) in Global Environmental Health in 2003 from Emory University. He received his PhD at the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2011.