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Jason Smith, PhD

Jason Smith, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Behavior
  • Carolina Population Center
  • 400 Meadowmont Village
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27517
  • USA

Dr. Smith is an associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. He has over two decades of senior-level experience in global public health, including research in reproduction, health behavior, health communication and evaluation of interventions.

In addition to his faculty appointment, Smith serves as the director of health information systems strengthening for the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation project, housed in the Carolina Population Center. In that role, he is responsible for four operational units: Health Information Systems, Data Use and Communication, Capacity Building and Organizational Development.  Smith’s exceptional skill and experience lie in the structural, behavioral and communications aspects of research utilization, which are at the heart of his contributions to his current work with MEASURE Evaluation. 

In his career, Dr. Smith has accumulated site experience in many developing countries including Bangladesh, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Vietnam.

Research Activities

Historically, Dr. Smith’s research interests focused on reproductive health topics, especially maternal and child health, family planning and prevention of sexually transmitted disease. More recently, Dr. Smith’s interests center around in investigating how to best facilitate the use of data for decision–making and resource allocation, in particular how best to design, install and maintain health information systems in developing country settings.

Key Publications

What Systems are Essential to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and What Will it Take to Marshall Them? Thomas JC, Silvestre E, Salentine S, Reynolds H ans Smith JB (2016). Health Policy and Planning, 31(10), 1445-1447.

The Broader Context of Implementation Research. Thomas, James C., Curtis, Sian, and Smith, Jason B. (2011). JAIDS, 58(1), e19-e21.

A tool for assessing 'readiness' in emergency obstetric care: The room-by-room 'walk-through'. P. Bailey, Z. Gill, J.B. Smith, R. Waxman (2005). International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 89(2), 191-199.


PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996

MPH, Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1981

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