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Joseph Amon, PhD, MSPH

Joe Amon

Clinical Professor and Director of the Office of Global Health
Community Health and Prevention
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BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, Hampshire College, MSPH, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, PhD, Molecular Epidemiology, University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine


Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, is the Director of the Office of Global Health and Clinical Professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health. Trained in molecular parasitology, he has worked for a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FHI360, Helen Keller International and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. During his ten-year tenure at Human Rights Watch he founded programs on human rights and health, disability and the environment. Dr. Amon has also held visiting or adjunct academic appointments with Paris School of International Affairs (SciencesPo), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Princeton, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins Universities as well as the Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton).

Using quantitative, qualitative and legal/policy analysis, Dr. Amon has conducted research on how (and why) specific populations, and diseases, are neglected, and on the impact of political determinants, such as laws, and their enforcement, on health. This work has examined the impact of discrimination on access to prevention and treatment; censorship and the denial of health information; arbitrary detention; the “judicialization” of health; and the role of civil society in the response to infectious disease outbreaks and environmental health threats.

Dr. Amon is a member of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of UNAIDS and co-chair of the organization’s Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights. He is also a member of a working group on monitoring and evaluation at the Global Fund and has served on several WHO advisory committees related to ethics and human rights related to HIV and TB. Dr. Amon is also on the editorial board and ethics committee of the Journal of the International AIDS Society.

Research Interests

  • Global health or International health
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Policy
  • Infectious Disease
  • Mixed Methods
  • Public Health Ethics


Amon JJ, Eba P, Sprague L, Beyrer C. Defining rights-based markers of HIV epidemic “transition”. (submitted)

Coltart CEM, Hoppe A, Parker M, Dawson L, Amon JJ, et al. Ethical Considerations in HIV Phylogenetic Research. Lancet HIV (in press)

Sun N, Amon JJ. Addressing Inequity: Neglected Tropical Diseases and Human Rights. Health and Human Rights Journal. June 2018.

Biehl J, Socal MP, Gauri V, Diniz D, Medeiros M, Rondon G, Amon JJ. Judicialization 2.0: Understanding right-to-health litigation in real time. Global Public Health. May 2018 22:1-0.

Amon JJ, Sun N. Subverting Rights: Addressing the Increasing Barriers to Reproductive Rights. Health and Human Rights Journal. May 2018.

Hamdi H*, Ba O, Niang S, Ntizimira C, Mbengue M, Coulbary AS, Niang R, Parsons M, Amon JJ, Lohman D. Palliative Care Need and Availability in Four Referral Hospitals in Senegal: Results from a Multi-Component Assessment. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2017 Dec 7.

Doyle KE*, El Nakib SK*, Rajagopal MR, S Babu, G Joshi, V Kumarasamy, P Kumari, P Chaudhri, S Mohanthy, D Jatua, D Lohman, Amon JJ, G Palat. Predictors and prevalence of pain and its management in four regional cancer hospitals in India. Journal of Global Oncology. 2017: JGO-2016.

Telisinghe L, Charalambous S, Topp SM, Herce ME, Hoffmann CJ, Barron P, Schouten EJ, Jahn A, Zachariah R, Harries AD, Beyrer C, Amon JJ. HIV and tuberculosis in prisons in sub-Saharan Africa. The Lancet. 2016 Jul 14.

Rubenstein LS, Amon JJ, McLemore M, Eba P, Dolan K, Lines R, Beyrer C. HIV, prisoners, and human rights. The Lancet. 2016 Jul 14.

Biehl J, Socal M, Amon JJ. The Judicialization of Health and the Quest for State Accountability: Evidence from 1,262 Lawsuits for Access to Medicines in Southern Brazil. Health and Human Rights Journal 18/1. June 2016.

*MPH advisee