Alana Brennan, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health

Alana Brennan, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. She received both her MPH in Epidemiology and PhD in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health. Her areas of expertise are in HIV, tuberculosis, non-communicable chronic disease, and health systems research.

Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health

Evidence of the burden of diabetes, gaps in the diabetes cascade-of-care and the impact of care and treatment on diabetes outcomes in HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients in South Africa
09/01/2019 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Rapid Screening for Complex Chronic Conditions (Taxi Rank project)
07/01/2021 - 11/30/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Alana Brennan, PhD, MPH
Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND)

Assessing the effects of HIV disease on TB and type 2 diabetes mellitus in a TB patient cohort in Western Cape Province, South Africa
01/01/2021 - 12/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research NIH NIAID


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  1. Maskew M, Brennan AT, Venter WDF, Fox MP, Vezi L, Rosen S. Retention in care and viral suppression after same-day ART initiation: One-year outcomes of the SLATE I and II individually randomized clinical trials in South Africa. J Int AIDS Soc. 2021 10; 24(10):e25825.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34612601; PMCID: PMC8694178; DOI: 10.1002/jia2.25825;
  2. Scott NA, Maskew M, Fong RM, Olson IE, Brennan AT, Fox MP, Vezi L, Ehrenkranz PD, Rosen S. Patient Perspectives of Quality of the Same-Day Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation Process in Gauteng Province, South Africa: Qualitative Dominant Mixed-Methods Analysis of the SLATE II Trial. Patient. 2021 03; 14(2):175-186.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32909218; PMCID: PMC7884580; DOI: 10.1007/s40271-020-00437-4;
  3. Brennan AT, Getz KD, Brooks DR, Fox MP. An underappreciated misclassification mechanism: implications of nondifferential dependent misclassification of covariate and exposure. Ann Epidemiol. 2021 06; 58:104-123.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33621629
  4. Harlow AF, Bor J, Brennan AT, Maskew M, MacLeod W, Carmona S, Mlisana K, Fox MP. Impact of Viral Load Monitoring on Retention and Viral Suppression: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis of South Africa's National Laboratory Cohort. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 12 01; 189(12):1492-1501.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32648905; PMCID: PMC7705603; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwaa140;
  5. Brennan A, Maskew M, Larson BA, Tsikhutsu I, Bii M, Vezi L, Fox M, Venter WDF, Ehrenkranz PD, Rosen S. Prevalence of TB symptoms, diagnosis and treatment among people living with HIV (PLHIV) not on ART presenting at outpatient clinics in South Africa and Kenya: baseline results from a clinical trial. BMJ Open. 2020 09 06; 10(9):e035794.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32895266; PMCID: PMC7476481; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-035794;
  6. Maskew M, Brennan AT, Fox MP, Vezi L, Venter WDF, Ehrenkranz P, Rosen S. A clinical algorithm for same-day HIV treatment initiation in settings with high TB symptom prevalence in South Africa: The SLATE II individually randomized clinical trial. PLoS Med. 2020 08; 17(8):e1003226.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32853271; PMCID: PMC7451542; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1003226;
  7. Fox MP, Brennan AT, Nattey C, MacLeod WB, Harlow A, Mlisana K, Maskew M, Carmona S, Bor J. Delays in repeat HIV viral load testing for those with elevated viral loads: a national perspective from South Africa. J Int AIDS Soc. 2020 07; 23(7):e25542.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32640101; PMCID: PMC7343337; DOI: 10.1002/jia2.25542;
  8. Rosen S, Maskew M, Larson BA, Brennan AT, Tsikhutsu I, Fox MP, Vezi L, Bii M, Venter WDF. Simplified clinical algorithm for identifying patients eligible for same-day HIV treatment initiation (SLATE): Results from an individually randomized trial in South Africa and Kenya. PLoS Med. 2019 09; 16(9):e1002912.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31525187; PMCID: PMC6746347; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002912;
  9. Brennan AT, Maskew M, Larson BA, Tsikhutsu I, Bii M, Vezi L, Fox MP, Venter WD, Ehrenkranz P, Rosen S. Who is seeking antiretroviral treatment for HIV now? Characteristics of patients presenting in Kenya and South Africa in 2017-2018. J Int AIDS Soc. 2019 09; 22(9):e25358.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31518058; PMCID: PMC6743421; DOI: 10.1002/jia2.25358;
  10. Brennan AT, Bonawitz R, Gill CJ, Thea DM, Kleinman M, Long L, McCallum C, Fox MP. A Meta-analysis Assessing Diarrhea and Pneumonia in HIV-Exposed Uninfected Compared With HIV-Unexposed Uninfected Infants and Children. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 09 01; 82(1):1-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31408450; PMCID: PMC8214449; DOI: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002097;
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2017 Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study: Rising Star Epidemiologist’, Presentation at ‘Next in Science’ Epidemiology Forum
2016 Epidemiological Congress of the Americas: Carol Buck Prize Student Prize Paper for International/Global Epidemiology
2016 Boston University School of Public Health: Award for Excellence in Teaching for Infectious Disease Epidemiology
2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infection: Young Investigators Award
2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infection: Young Investigators Award
2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infection: Young Investigators Award
2012 Boston University School of Public Health: Annual Research Day Student Prize Poster

I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health. My research expertise are in the epidemiology of HIV in low- and middle-income countries. I am shifting my research interests to non-communicable chronic diseases in low- and middle-income countries. I have a fundamental commitment to the development and mentoring of young researchers in the field of epidemiology. I believe that mentoring is important, not only because of the knowledge and skills students can learn from mentors, but because mentoring provides professional socialization and personal support to facilitate success in graduate school and beyond. As such, I have shown good citizenship and service by mentoring BUSPH MPH students, fellows and PhD students through practicum, research projects and dissertations over the course of their educational career. My hope is that interaction with mentees will greatly enhance their chances for success, as research shows that students who experience good mentoring also have a greater chance of securing academic track positions, or greater career advancement potential in administration or sectors outside the university.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Advisor
  • Co-Mentor or Peer Mentor
  • Education Mentor
  • Project Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')

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