Dr. Julie Balen


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Julie is a Lecturer in Global Health at ScHARR. Her academic interests sit broadly within the field of health policy and systems research (HPSR). Julie’s work examines system-wide challenges and opportunities posed by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), for which she has conducted operational/implementation research across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. This includes work on the integration of various ‘vertical’ control programmes and ‘horizontal’ health systems strengthening approaches.

Julie has become increasingly interested in management and leadership in health, and human resources for health. As such, she is also studying part-time for an MBA. Her work draws on trans-disciplinary concepts and mixed-methodology tools for global health research. Julie’s team of PhD students work on the impact of biomedical knowledge (Maelle deSeze) and the role of biomedical professionals and other stakeholders (Samuel Lassa) in evidence-informed health policy making across West Africa.

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