Dr. Suzanne Maman

Suzanne Maman, PhD

Department of Health Behavior
Associate Dean for Global Health
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
331A Rosenau
CB #7440
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Suzanne Maman, a social scientist trained in public health, is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior and is associate dean for global health at the Gillings School. Dr. Maman serves as co-lead for the Master of Public Health (MPH) program’s global health concentration, which she helped to develop. She also serves as UNC faculty director at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center.

Dr. Maman has been developing, implementing and evaluating HIV and violence prevention programs in sub-Saharan Africa for 20 years. She collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other governmental health agencies and educational institutions in the U.S. and globally to advance this work.

Her work on how violence increases women’s risk for HIV infection, and how an HIV diagnosis may affect women’s experiences with violence, has informed programs in Tanzania and South Africa. Maman's work has also led to WHO guidance and clinical tools to support women during the HIV testing process. In addition, she teaches a skills-based qualitative research methods course that is required for master's students in health behavior.

As associate dean for global health, Maman works closely with colleagues within the Gillings School’s Research, Innovation and Global Solutions unit to integrate global initiatives into innovation, entrepreneurship and research, and lead programming that supports the School’s domestic and international students. She also partners with key research centers and institutes, including UNC’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID) and the Gillings School’s Water Institute at UNC, and with global organizations and leaders throughout the Triangle, U.S. and world.

Suzanne Maman in the Gillings News

Honors and Awards

Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award
2017, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association

Edward G. McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching
2012, Gillings School of Global Public Health

New Investigator Award
2001, Center for AIDS Research

Representative Courses

Qualitative Research Methods, HBEH 753 | Syllabus

Research Activities

Research interests
Global health
Health behavior
Infectious diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases
Violence prevention
Women's health

Key Publications

Diagnosis and disclosure of HIV status: Implications for women's risk of physical partner violence in the postpartum period. Maman, S., Groves A. K., McNaughton Reyes, H. L., Moodley D. (2016). Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999), 72(5), 546-551.

Vijana Vijiweni II: a cluster-randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of a microfinance and peer health leadership intervention for HIV and intimate partner violence prevention among social networks of young men in Dar es Salaam. P Balvanz, D Conserve, L Hill, L Kajula, D Kajuna, M Kilonzo, S Leatherman, S Maman, M Mulawa, G Mwikoko, H Reyes, B Singh, T Yamanis (2016). BMC public health, 16(1), 113.

Efficacy of enhanced HIV counseling for risk reduction during pregnancy and in the postpartum period: A randomized controlled trial. Allison Groves, Ashraf Kagee, Suzanne Maman, Heathe McNaughton-Reyes, Prashini Moodley, Dhayendre Moodley (2014). PLoS ONE, 9(5).


  • PhD, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2000
  • MHS, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1995
  • BS, Human Ecology, Cornell University, 1992