Gund Affiliate, 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 vulnurable populations in Bangladesh, HAiti, Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Philippines. Her current work investigates the association between diarrheal disaese, climate change, and forest cover in the world's largest refugee camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Public Health, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Disaster Risk Reduction, Global Health


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