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Johanna Birckmayer, PhD

Johanna Birckmayer, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Behavior
  • Department of Health Behavior
  • 302 Rosenau Hall
  • CB #7440
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Dr. Birckmayer's work, both domestic and global, focuses on exploring and improving the connection between data and evidence and effective policy and program. She is currently on secondment to Bloomberg Philanthropies from Vital Strategies, overseeing efforts to assist low-and middle-income countries implement effective tobacco tax policies.

Jo has supported international efforts to advocate for effective tobacco policies using data and evidence. Domestically, she has advised states on how to use data to improve the effectiveness of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug prevention systems and to evaluate health programs. She also spent six years in West Africa implementing and evaluating child survival projects.

Jo’s research has focused on policy evaluation and the development of logic models to guide prevention practice and evaluation.


PhD, Health Policy, Harvard University, 1999

MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992

BA, Psychology, Cornell University, 1983

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