Rohit Ramaswamy, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor Public Health Leadership Program
Clinical Associate Professor Department of Maternal and Child Health
Faculty Director Online Global Health Certificate
Director Center for Global Learning

T:(515) 988-5124

4017 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy is an associate professor who applies tools and methods of implementation and improvement science to better the quality of public health programs and to strengthen service delivery processes.

He works in Ghana, Kenya, Zambia and the United States, helping facilities and communities learn the tools of applied implementation and continuous quality improvement. Prior to his current position at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Ramaswamy worked as a consultant in the private sector, developing and implementing improvement strategies for organizations in a wide variety of industries.

Representative Courses

Critical Issues in Global Health (PUBH 711) | Syllabus

Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs (PUBH 714) | Syllabus

Gillings Global Implementation Lab (PUBH 716)

Research Activities

Current projects include:

1) Improving maternal and neonatal outcomes by building clinical, operational and leadership capacity in tertiary hospitals in Ghana

2) Providing high-quality, low-cost maternity services in Kenya using quality improvement principles

3) Learning from M&E: improving water quality and water point functionality in sub-Saharan Africa

4) Implementing mental health services through the primary health care system in India using design thinking and implementation science

5) Learning through spread: evaluating community health improvement initiatives in 20 communities in the U.S.

Key Publications

Standardizing environmental health processes at the Iowa Department of public health. Amanda Cornett, Joy Harris, Lisa Harrison, C. Lea, Rohit Ramaswamy, Greg Randolph, Stephanie Segal (2012). Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 18(1), 27-35.

Modeling performance of highway pavements. Moshe Ben-Akiva, Dinesh Gopinath, Rohit Ramaswamy (1994). Transportation Research Record.

Approach for predicting latent infrastructure facility deterioration. Moshe Ben-Akiva, Rohit Ramaswamy (1993). Transportation Science, 27(2), 174-193.

Infrastructure management under uncertainty: Latent performance approach. Moshe Ben-Akiva, Frannie Humplick, Samer Madanat, Rohit Ramaswamy (1993). Journal of Transportation Engineering, 119(1), 43-58.

EFFECT OF TIME DELAY ON SYSTEM PERFORMANCE VIA SINGLE TERM WALSH SERIES APPROACH. K. Balachandran, K.R. Palanisamy, R.S. Ramaswamy (1988). International Journal of Systems Science, 19(8), 1635-1644.


Graduate Diploma, Biostatistics, University of Sydney, 2010

MPH, Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008

PhD, Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989

MS, Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983

B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, 1981