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Joseph Amon, PhD, MSPH

Joe Amon

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


Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, is the Director of the Office of Global Health, Director of the Jonathan Mann Global Health and Human Rights Initiative, and Clinical Teaching Professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health.

Dr. Amon is the Editor-in-Chief of the Health and Human Rights Journal, which is co-published by Drexel Dornsife in collaboration with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.

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.

He serves on advisory boards for UNAIDS, The Global Fund, and the World Health Organization. Dr. Amon serves on the editorial board and ethics committee of the Journal of the International AIDS Society. He is also a member of the International AIDS Society – Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights and is a founding member of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition.

Research Interests

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


Recent Publications:

*Hinman K, Amon JJ. Human Rights and HIV: Rhetoric or Determinants? BMJ Global Health. 2023 October (in press)

*Hinman K, Sun N, Amon JJ. Ensuring access to justice: the need for community paralegals to end AIDS by 2030. Journal of the International AIDS Society. 2023 Aug;26(8):e26146.

*Barhoush Y, Amon JJ. Medical apartheid in Palestine. Global Public Health. 2023 Vol 18(1).

*Correa-Salazar C, Braverman-Bronstein A, Bilal U, Groves AK, Page KR, Amon JJ, Vera A, Ballesteros L, Martinez-Donate A. The impact of social violence on HIV risk for women in Colombia: A concurrent mixed methods study. PLOS Global Public Health. 2023 Feb 24;3(2):e0001571.

Lin M, Sun N, Amon JJ. No Exit: China’s State Surveillance over People Who Use Drugs. Health and Human Rights Journal. June 2022.

Knight K, Bleckner J, Cameron E, Amon JJ. Pandemic Treaty Should Include Reporting in Prisons. Health and Human Rights Journal. June 2022

Lyons, C et al. Global assessment of existing HIV and key population stigma indicators: A data mapping exercise to inform country-level stigma measurement. PLoS Medicine. February 2022; 19(2)

Sun N, Christie E, Cabal L, Amon JJ. Human rights in pandemics: criminal and punitive approaches to COVID-19. BMJ Global Health. February 2022; 7(2)

Stoicescu C, Lataire Q, Peters K, Amon JJ, et al. End compulsory drug treatment in the Asia-Pacific region. The Lancet. January 2022; 399(10323)

Biehl J, Prates LEA, Amon JJ. Supreme Court v. Necropolitics: The Chaotic Judicialization of COVID-19 in Brazil. Health and Human Rights Journal. June 2021.