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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, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine


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 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.

He serves on advisory boards for UNAIDS, The Global Fund, and the World Health Organization, and is the Senior Editor of the Health and Human Rights Journal and 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:

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.

Correa-Salazar C*, Amon JJ. Cross-border COVID-19 spread amidst malaria re-emergence in Venezuela: a human rights analysis. Globalization and Health. 2020 Dec;16(1):1-8.

Sun N, Esom K, Dhaliwal M, Amon JJ. Human Rights and Digital Health Technologies. Health and Human Rights Journal. 2020 Dec;22(2):21.

Williams, C and Amon JJ. A Virtual Roundtable with Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Health. Heath and Human Rights Journal. Sept 2020.

Amon JJ. Human rights protections are needed alongside PPE for health-care workers responding to COVID-19. The Lancet Global Health. 2020 Jul 1.

Socal MP, Amon JJ, Biehl J. Right-to-Medicines Litigation and Universal Health Coverage: Institutional Determinants of the Judicialization of Health in Brazil. Health and Human Rights Journal. June 2020.

Ward E*, Hannass-Hancock J, Amon JJ. Invisible: The Exclusion of Persons with Disabilities from HIV Research and National Strategic Plans in East and Southern Africa. Disability and Rehabilitation. May 2020.

Amon JJ. COVID-19 and Detention: Respecting Human Rights. Health and Human Rights Journal. March 23, 2020.

Amon JJ. Ending discrimination in healthcare. Journal of the International AIDS Society. 2020 Feb;23(2).

Amon JJ and Friedman E. Human Rights Advocacy for Global Health. In: LO Gostin and BM Meier (eds) Foundations of Global Health & Human Rights. New York: Oxford University Press. 2020.