Frieda Behets


1971  State Institute for Chemistry and Food Industries, Ghent, Belgium  Clinical Chemistry

1992  Johns Hopkins University  MPH, International Health

1999  Yale University  PhD, Health Policy, Epidemiology

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Global health
  • Health care delivery
  • Infectious diseases
  • Public health practice
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Women’s health

Research Activities

HIV, infectious diseases including sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean; HIV/STI prevention and control; Implementation Research; Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV; Bioethics and justice in health.

Current Positions

Since 2014 Professor Emeritus

Since: 2004  Research Associate Professor  Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Since: 2010  Professor  Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health


French: Fluent Reader, Writer, Speaker
Dutch: Fluent Reader, Writer, Speaker
English: Fluent Reader, Writer, Speaker

Key Publications

Behets F, Edmonds A, Kitenge F, Crabbe F, Laga M for the PTME group (2010)
Heterogeneous and decreasing HIV prevalence among women seeking antenatal care in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Int J Epidemiol: vol.39(4), p.1066-73.

Edmonds A, Van Rie A, Lusiama J, Napravnik S, Kitetele F, Behets F (2009)
Antiretriviral therapy reduces incident tuberculosis in HIV-infected children.
Int J Epidemiol: vol.38(6), p.1612-21.

Rennie S, Norris Turner A, Mupenda B, Behets F (2009)
Conducting unlinked anonymous HIV surveillance in developing countries: ethical, epidemiological and public health system concerns.
PLoS Medicine, p.6(1):e4.

Becker-Dreps S, Biddle A, Pettifor A, Nku Imbie D, Musuamba G, Meshnick S, Behets F (2009)
Cost-Effectiveness of Adding Bednet Distribution for Malaria Prevention to Antenatal Services.
Am J Trop Med Hyg: vol.81(3), p.496-502.

Maman S, Cathcart L, Burkhardt G, Omba S, Behets F (2009)
The role of religion in HIV positive Congolese Women’s Disclosure Experiences and Coping Strategies in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Soc Science Med: vol.68(5), p.965-70.