Diane Louise Rowley, MD

Emeritus Professor of the Practice of Public Health
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Senior Researcher
Sheps Center for Health Services Research


Dr. Rowley is board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine who has spent 30 years examining infant and pregnancy health disparities. She is involved in conceptualizing health inequity and in creating tools to evaluate institutional equity.

Representative Courses

MHCH 665 Introduction to Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

Health Equity Seminar

Research Activities

Dr. Rowley has been involved in research on infant and pregnancy health disparities, community based research, health equity, and program evaluation .

Service Activities

Member, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health Healthy Start Technical Expert Panel

Practice Activities

The Durham Business Chain Safe and Secure Children curriculum evaluation

Key Publications

The impact of social disadvantage on preconception health, illness, and well-being: An intersectional analysis. Kara Crews, Jennifer Culhane, Vijaya Hogan, Lisa Levenstein, Leith Mullings, Cheryl Mwaria, Diane Rowley (2013). American Journal of Health Promotion, 27.

The Society for the Analysis of African-American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI). R Hasson, W Jenkins, C Jones, C Prince, D Rowley (2013). American journal of public health.

Disparities in infant mortality and effective, equitable care: Are infants suffering from benign neglect? Vijaya Hogan, V Hogan, Diane Rowley, D Rowley (2012). Annual Review of Public Health, 33.


  • MPH, N/A, Harvard School of Public Health, 1987
  • Residency, Preventive Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1983
  • Internship/Residency, Pediatrics , Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, 1980
  • MD, Medicine, Meharry Medical College, 1977
  • BA, History, Wellesley College, 1973