Gund Fellow, Assistant Professor

Kelsey Gleason's work focuses on the intersection of human health, the environment, and epidemiology in the global health sphere. Specifically, Kelsey is interested in how various components of public health interact with one another to inform health outcomes among the most marginalized groups of our societies. In her research, she focuses on reducing health disparities and building resilience for improved health outcomes in low-income communities, particularly those in complex humanitarian settings (such as refugee camps). I do this by bridging the fields of environmental health, nutrition, epidemiology, and disaster risk reduction through embracing a highly collaborative and cross-disciplinary approach.

Her previous work centered on vulnerable populations in Bangladesh, Haiti, Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Philippines. Her current work investigates the association between diarrheal disease, climate change, and forest cover in the world's largest refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.



Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Public Health, Environmental Epidemiology, Global Health, Humanitarian Crises, Refugee Health, Natural Disasters


  • BS, Cornell University
  • MS, Harvard University, TH Chan School of Public Health
  • ScD, Harvard University, TH Chan School of Public Health


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