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Jonathan  Muir

Post Doctoral Fellow


Post Doctoral Fellow, Global Health

Dr. Muir is a population health scholar with interdisciplinary training in Demography, Epidemiology, and Sociology. His research focuses on social determinants of health in developing countries with a strong regional interest in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Much of his research examines societal level shocks as social determinants of child health and mortality.

For his dissertation, Dr. Muir examined intergenerational effects of traumas associated with the Khmer Rouge genocide and famine in Cambodia on subsequent child mortality. This research was informed by 10 months of fieldwork in Cambodia, during which time he gathered demographic and health-related data in collaboration with MIPRAoC, a Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) in Cambodia. As a Ph.D. candidate at The Ohio State University, he was awarded a Presidential Fellowship for his dissertation research---the most prestigious award offered by the graduate school at OSU.

Dr. Muir has experience putting scholarship into practice through prior collaborative projects with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and the Population Division of the United Nations. He has also worked with grassroots NGOs while assisting refugees and victims of human trafficking. 


  • Presidential Fellow, The Ohio State University, 2020-2021

  • Frank Mott Outstanding Graduate Paper in Population Health,  The Ohio State University, 2020

  • Graduate Student Fellow, Institute for Population Research, The Ohio State University, 2017-2018

  • Fulbright Fellow, The US Fulbright Program in Cambodia, 2016-2017

  • Center for Khmer Studies Senior Fellow, Cambodia, 2016-2017

  • NIH/NICHD Training Fellow (Nominated) 2016-2018

  • 7-time Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow (Bahasa Indonesia, Khmer, Thai)

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Areas of Interest

  • Data Science
  • Ecology, Demography and Environmental Sciences
  • Global Health
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Population Sciences
  • Research Methods
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Surveillance
  • Survival Analysis


  • Ph.D., Sociology 2021, The Ohio State University
  • MPH, Epidemiology (Global Health Emphasis) 2017, The University of Washington
  • MS, Sociology 2012, Brigham Young University
  • BS, Sociology 2009, Brigham Young University
  • BA, Asian Studies 2009, Brigham Young University
  • Graduate Certification in Demographic Methods 2017, The University of Washington