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Janelle Winters

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global Health Ethics and Inequalities
History of Infectious Disease Control
Contemporary Global Health Politics
272 SH
Office Hours:
Tu: 2:00p-4:00p & Fr: 8:30a-10:30a

Dr. Winters completed her PhD with the University of Edinburgh’s Global Health Governance Programme, where she focused on how institutions like the World Bank define “success” in global health. She holds a MA in the History of Medicine from Newcastle University (United Kingdom), a M.Sc. in Epidemiology and Public Health from Yale University, and a BS in Zoology and History/History of Science, Medicine and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Winters is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the University of Iowa’s Global Health Studies Program and History Department.

Her global health interests include the history of infectious disease control, and the ways in which health programs are marketed and politicized. She is currently undertaking research on the impact of the World Bank’s longest-running health program (the Onchocerciasis Control Program in West Africa) and on alternative medicine during the 1918-1919 “Spanish influenza” pandemic in America. Her published research focuses on global health governance, including the World Bank and World Health Organization’s roles in shaping modern global health policy and financing.

A Maryland native, Dr. Winters’s research, studies, and professional roles have taken her to India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, East and West Africa, South Africa, Switzerland, and, most extensively, the United Kingdom. She has guest lectured and researched at the University of Edinburgh, taught at the Asian University for Women (Bangladesh), held positions in global health security at the American Society for Microbiology and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Center for Global Health Engagement, and worked on history of medicine projects at the National Institute of Health (NIH)’s Office of NIH History and the Smithsonian Institution. Most recently, Dr. Winters served as the study director for a global consensus study at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, on “Global Coordination, Partnerships and Financing for Advancing Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response”. This study draws lessons from COVID-19, Ebola, and avian influenza outbreaks, to consider how the world can better produce and deliver vaccines for a future influenza pandemic. The study report will be released in late 2021.

At the University of Iowa, her teaching focuses on global health ethics and inequalities, contemporary global health politics, and themes in the history of health interventions in the Global South across the twentieth century. She is thrilled to be promoting interdisciplinary health studies at the university.