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
  • Nutrition
  • Reproductive and sexual health
  • Social and behavioral context in low and middle income countries


Educational Background:

  • PhD, Epidemiology and Population Health - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • MPH, International Health and Nutrition - Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • BA, International Relations - University of California at Santa Barbara


Personal Statement:

My research focus is on maternal and child health in low income countries, with special emphasis on behavioral and social aspects of maternal and newborn care in the community setting and care seeking for illness. I also have a strong interest in nutrition, specifically community based nutrition and behavioral approaches to improving maternal nutrition, breastfeeding, and infant and young child feeding. Alongside that, I have worked on reproductive health issues, particularly related to women's reproductive and sexual health and access to care. My primary methodological focus is qualitative and I have experience in low income countries (Cambodia, Ghana, Ethiopia) and in the United States. I'm actively involved in large research studies, including a cluster randomized trial in Cambodia on newborn care and programmatic research in Ethiopia on child nutrition, as well as US based research on breastfeeding and lactation support.


Selected Publications:

Var C, AN Bazzano, SK Srivastav, JC Welty, NI Ek, RA Oberhelman. Newborn Infection Control and Care Initiative for health facilities to accelerate reduction of newborn mortality (NICCI): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2015; 16 (1), 257.

Bazzano AN, R Oberhelman, K Storck Potts, L Taub, C Var. What health service support do families need for optimal breastfeeding? An in-depth exploration of young infant feeding practices in Cambodia. International Journal of Women's Health. 2015; (7) 249-257

Bazzano AN, R Oberhelman, K Storck Potts, A Gordon, C Var. Environmental factors and WASH practices in the perinatal period in Cambodia: implications for newborn health. International Journal of Environmental and Public Health Research. 2015; (12) 2-18

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.


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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

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