Alessandra Bazzano, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2315
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-2338
Fax: (504) 988-3540

Research Interests:

Maternal and child health; reproductive and sexual health; nutrition; social and behavioral research in Low and Middle Income Countries


Educational Background:

  • BA, 1995, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • MPH, 1999, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • PhD, 2006, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Professional Achievements:

Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health
Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health
Memberships: American Public Health Association, CORE Child Survival Group, International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation, Society for Medical Anthropology

Courses Taught:

GCHB 6610 Community Nutrition
GCHB 7510 MCH: The Life Course Perspective

Selected Publications:

Var C, S Keller, R Tung, D Freeland and AN Bazzano. Supplementation with Vitamin B6 reduces side effects in Cambodian women using oral contraceptives. Nutrients. 2014; (6) 3353-3362 

Var C, Keller S, R Tung, Lu Yao and AN Bazzano. Minor side effects, tolerance and discontinuation of oral contraception among women in rural Cambodia. Br J Med Med Res. 2014; 4 (31): 4982-5002

Bazzano AN, L Jones, TD Ngo. Stakeholder perceptions of misoprostol: a qualitative investigation, International Journal of Women's Health, 2014;(6):389 - 393 

Bazzano AN, Z Hill, G ten Aoesbroek, C Tawiah-Agyemang, G Plange Rhule, BR Kirkwood. Introducing Home-Based Skin to Skin Care for Low Birth Weight Newborns: a Pilot Approach to Education and Counseling in Ghana. Global Health Promotion, 2012; (19):42-49  

Bazzano AN, BR Kirkwood, C Tawiah-Agyemang, S Owusu-Agyei, P Adongo. Social Costs of Skilled Attendance at Birth in Rural Ghana. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2008 Jul;102(1):91-4.

Bazzano AN, BR Kirkwood, C Tawiah-Agyemang, S Owusu-Agyei, P Adongo. Beyond Symptom Recognition: Care Seeking for Ill Newborns in Rural Ghana. Trop Med Int Health. 2008 Jan;13(1):123-8.

Tawiah-Agyemang C, Z Hill, K Edmond, A Bazzano, BR Kirkwood. Early Initiation of Breastfeeding in Ghana: Barriers and Facilitators. Journal of Perinatology,2008 Dec;28 Suppl 2:S46-52.

Neonatal Mortality Formative Research Working Group. Developing Community-Based Intervention Strategies to Save Newborn Lives: Lessons Learned from Formative Research in Five Countries. Journal of Perinatology, 2008 Dec;28 Suppl 2:S2-8.

Personal Statement:

My research focus is in maternal and child health, with special emphasis on the behavioral and social aspects of maternal and newborn care in the community setting and care seeking for illness. Alongside that, I have worked on reproductive health issues, especially related to women's reproductive and sexual health and access to care. I also have a strong interest in nutrition, specifically community based nutrition and behavioral approaches to improving maternal and infant and young child feeding. My methodological focus is qualitative and I have experience in low income countries (in Southeast Asia and Sub Saharan Africa) and in the United States.


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