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Matthew  Freeman


Faculty, Environmental Health

Jointly Appointed, Epidemiology

Jointly Appointed, Global Health

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The work of the Freeman Research Group is focused on assessing the role of the lived environmental on health of marginalized populations in low-income settings. We are interested in designing theory-informed interventions of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) technologies and behaviors, and quantifying impacts through rigorous experimental and quasi-experimental methodologies; understanding drivers of behavior change and program sustainability; and utilizing implementation science frameworks to assess fidelity and context. Specifically, we are interested in the complementary role WASH can play in mitigating the burden of neglected tropical diseases and the intersection of WASH and nutrition. Our work asks policy relevant health and development questions inclose collaboration with myriad state and non-governmental stakeholders, including CARE, WaterAid, Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, UNICEF and others.

Dr. Freeman has published over 125 peer-reviewed publications. He serves on the global STH Advisory Committee and contracts and advises the WHO on issues related to handwashing and hygiene, trachoma control, and STH control and WASH. He co-directs Emory's program in Global Environmental Health. In 2016, Dr. Freeman received the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health Early Career Research Award. In 2018, he received the Environmental Health Department Excellence in Teaching Award.

Contact Information

Rollins School of Public Health ,

Atlanta , GA 30322

1518 Clifton Road, NE, Claudia Nance Rollins Bldg., 2027

Phone: (404) 712-8767

Fax: (404) 727-8744



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Areas of Interest

  • Diarrheal and Enteric Diseases
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Disease
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene


  • PhD 2011, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • MPH 2005, Emory University
  • BA 2000, Wesleyan University

Courses Taught

  • EH 501: Environmental Health
  • GH 560: Monitor &Eval Int'l Hlth Progs
  • GH 560: Monitor &Eval Int'l Hlth Progs
  • GH 560: Monitor &Eval Int'l Hlth Progs
  • GH 560: Monitor &Eval Int'l Hlth Progs
  • GH 560: Monitor &Eval Int'l Hlth Progs
  • EH 590R: Environmental Health Seminar

Affiliations & Activities

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Full publications list: Google Scholar & PubMed