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Daniel Halperin, PhD

Daniel Halperin, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Behavior

Daniel Halperin is a visiting research professor at Florida International University. He also has held faculty appointments in the Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Public Health Program in Puerto Rico and Harvard University School of Public Health’s Department of Global Health and Population.

Prior to these academic appointments, he served as senior HIV prevention and behavior change adviser at USAID. Dr. Halperin has conducted epidemiological and ethnographic research for more than 35 years on a number of health and sociocultural issues in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions. His work has focused on the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (he is co-author of a widely-cited book on the subject) and, more recently, on the global epidemic of obesity and related chronic diseases, especially in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Key Publications

Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It. Timberg, Craig and Halperin, Daniel (2012). Penguin.


PhD, Medical and Cultural Anthropology / Latin American Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 1995

MS, Health and Medical Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, 1983

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