Craig Wilson Intro Image 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.

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Dr. Budhwani is an Associate Professor in the UAB School of Public Health’s Department of Health Care Organization and Policy and holds a secondary appointment in African American Studies in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Budhwani works closely with community partners domestically and internationally that are interested in improving health outcomes through public health practice. Dr. Budhwani’s research interests include HIV, stigma, mental health, and health disparities, with an emphasis on immigrant, minority, and adolescent health. 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. For more information about Dr. Budhwani, please visit:


Gartin Meredith LjpgMeredith Gartin, PhD

Dr. Gartin is an Assistant Professor in the UAB School of Public Health’s Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. She is also a Sparkman Scholar with the Sparkman Center for Global Health. Gartin's research interests include globalization and health, food and water security, climate change, and migration and refugee health in regions of Latin America, the South Pacific, and US immigrants and refugees. Prior to joining UAB, Dr. Gartin was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies at Ohio University where she taught courses for undergraduate and graduate certificate programs as well as developed courses for the new Master of Global Health program. For more information about Dr. Gartin, please visit:



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 KristensenSibylle 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.


Donnelly K. PhD MA Graduate Page PhotoKathleen P. Donnelly, PhD, MA

Dr. Donnelly is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of Assessment and Outcomes at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in Washington, DC. At ACC, she leads the evaluation oversight of domestic and international educational programs. Dr. Donnelly earned a MA in International Development and a PhD in Clinical Psychology with both programs focusing on people with disabilities (PWD). Her pursuits include conducting forensic and psychological assessments and partnering with in-country PWD stakeholders for the development and implementation of accessible health-related training. Among her international experiences, Dr. Donnelly developed the Visual Train-the-Trainer HIV/AIDS program with accompanying visual dictionary of healthcare terms (2014).

She provides Deaf Leadership (2016, 2015, 2014), HIV/AIDS (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014), and CRPD Human Rights (2016, 2015) training in Morocco and has presented the aforementioned topics in the United States (2018, 2013, 2011, 2008, 2006, 2005), Australia (2009), Netherlands (2007), and South Africa (2007, 2005).Dr. Donnelly has appointments with UAB’s Sparkman Center for Global Health and Indian River State College (IRSC). Dr. Donnelly’s research interests include global mental health and HIV/AIDS with people with disabilities (PWD).