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Matthew  Freeman


Faculty, Environmental Health

Jointly Appointed, Epidemiology

Jointly Appointed, Global Health

Please see additional information here:  and Google Scholar. He coordinates the Network for Evaluation and Implementation Sciences at Emory (NEISE)

Dr. Freeman is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Environmental Health, with joint appointments in the departments of Global Health and Epidemiology. His work is on the impact of environmental drivers of infectious disease, specifically access to water, sanitation, and hygiene in low-income settings. He is particularly interested of late in the role of foodborne transmission through informal food value chains, the impact of WASH on NTDs, and on implementation research on designing and testing WASH intervention strategies. He has led field trials in Mozambique, Mali, Kenya, India, and Laos and elsewhere assessing the impact of school-based, community-based, and multi-sectoral WASH improvements. His current work in Mozambique assesses the role of chicken-related pathogens in child health, and a separate project assessing the impact of an urban water supply improvement on child microbiome and gut health.

Dr. Freeman earned his PhD in Infectious and Tropical Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and his MPH is in Global Environmental Health from Emory. He has  has co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and commentaries. He serves as a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission of Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health and on the STH Advisory Board. He rceived the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health Early Career Research Award. In 2018 and 2020, he received the Environmental Health Department Excellence in Teaching Award.

Those interested in PhD opportunities should review requirements and proceedures for the programs in Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Development and contact the relevant ADAPs for any logistical questions and support.

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

  • GH 560: Monitor/Eval.Global PH Program
  • EH 501: Environmental Health
  • EH 590R: Environmental Health Seminar

Affiliations & Activities

Tweets by @MatthewCFreeman

Full publications list: Google Scholar & PubMed