Craig Wilson, MD

Dr. Wilson is a Professor of Epidemiology, Pediatrics and Microbiology at UAB and Director of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health. Dr. Wilson is a medically trained Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist and has a wide breadth of international experience including: Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa from 1974-78 working on filariasis, TB and leprosy surveillance; laboratory based studies on the molecular epidemiology of malaria drug resistance with multiple international collaborators from 1987 –1996; studies on low cost prevention methods for mother to child HIV transmission in South Africa (1998); served on multiple international panels focused on ethics and design of clinical trials in developing countries; and since 2004 has been involved with clinical training, clinical laboratory development and health care worker training programs in Zambia as part of PEPFAR supported expansion of HIV care. He is Co-director of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative at the University of Zambia and assisted with the development of an HIV Nurse Practitioner program for Zambia.

As Director of the Sparkman Center, he has supported the initiation of MPH programs at University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka, Manipal University in India, University of the West Indies, St Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago and an Environmental Health track at Aga Khan University in Pakistan. Domestically, Dr. Wilson is the Chair of the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN), the only NIH funded network devoted to HIV prevention and management in youth and serves on the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.


Henna Budhwani, PhD, MPH

Dr. Budhwani is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at UAB and the Deputy Director of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health. As such, she directs international public health education, specifically overseeing both the graduate certificate and undergraduate track in global health and coordinating international student experiences. Prior to joining UAB, Dr. Budhwani consulted in Tanzania and Kenya to evaluate medical services and in the Middle East to measure the impact of microfinance products. Dr. Budhwani’s research interests are in health outcomes disparities attributed to gender and ethnicity.


Elizabeth Elliott, MSN, PhD

Dr. Elliott has combined nursing and sociology with a focus on health care in the Arab world. She developed her interest in refugees in Beirut, Lebanon, participating in a study about Palestinian refugee camps. Working to develop the role of nurses in the camps, particularly through education, she served as Academic Dean for the Palestine Red Crescent Society Falouja Nursing Institute, and later as Director of the Middle East office of Project HOPE, both in Cairo, Egypt. In these roles, she worked with UN agencies, universities, local ministries of health, education or foreign affairs and the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to design, implement and evaluate health education projects based on local identified needs. Her research interests include nursing roles in developing countries and the role of NGOs in the evolving dynamics of third sector/civil society in the developing world.


Sibylle Kristensen, DrPH, MPH, MSPH

Dr. Kristensen is the Chief Operations Officer for One Heart World-Wide, a 501c3 non-profit organization implementing innovative maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity prevention programs in Nepal and Mexico. Additionally, Dr. Kristensen provides technical assistance to reduce local maternal and neonatal mortality to Tiyatien Health in Liberia, and to the Pachamama Alliance's program (Jungle Mamas) in Ecuador. Dr. Kristensen is a perinatal epidemiologist with twenty years of experience in international research and training programs. Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dr. Kristensen has previous work experience in Asia (Pakistan, Mongolia, mainland China, Tibet, and India), Eastern Europe (Russia and Ukraine) and Africa (Mali, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, DRC and Cameroon). Dr. Kristensen has held appointments in the Department of International Health and Development at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; in the Department of Epidemiology and International Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB); in the UAB Center for Community Health; in the Behavioral Core of the UAB Center for AIDS Research and in the Division of Geographic Medicine at UAB. Her research interests include reproductive health, safe motherhood; access to care for vulnerable populations; and psychosocial aspects of health.