John Tomaro, PhD, MPH

Adjunct Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Research Collaborator
The Water Institute


Dr. Tomaro is a consultant to a number of organizations, including the Water Institute at UNC.

Previously, Dr. Tomaro served as Director of Health for the Aga Khan Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland for 18 years. He was Senior International Health Policy Program Analyst for the Center for International Development at the Research Triangle Institute in RTP (now RTI International), where he was on assignment to the Office of Health and Nutrition of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). During that time he also served as acting chief of the Division of Environmental Health, Office of Health and Nutrition, USAID and was official chief the following year.  Dr. Tomaro was also formerly an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration (now HPM).


  • BA, History, Haverford College, 1964
  • PhD, History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1974
  • MPH, Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1979