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Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Global Health

PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
BS, Knox College

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.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

As BUSPH Faculty, I am committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) in my research, teaching and citizenship/service. I am a firm believer that all higher educational institutions, particularly universities, should strive to build community of individuals with diverse backgrounds and life experiences, free of discrimination based on racial and ethnic origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, social economic status or religious belief. In my citizenship/service activities, I attend and actively participate in school retreats, seminars and department committee meetings focused on DEIA. In my teaching, I continue to evaluate and adapt my syllabus using BUSPH’s Public Health Syllabus Assessment Tool for DEI, in order to incorporate more readings and lectures by women and black and brown community members and continue to work to create a more inclusive environment for students. In my research I have been making efforts to mentor students (MPH, MS and PhD) and postdoctoral fellows from diverse background. I have also completed BUSPHs DEIA training and Title IX training.

Associate 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 - 02/28/2025 (PI)
NIH/National Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Global compendium of primary care service delivery models for non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
12/07/2022 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
World Bank

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. Brennan AT, Vetter B, Majam M, T Msolomba V, Venter F, Carmona S, Kao K, Gordon A, Meyer-Rath G. Integration of point-of-care screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension with COVID-19 rapid antigen screening in Johannesburg, South Africa. PLoS One. 2023; 18(7):e0287794.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37418394; PMCID: PMC10328308; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0287794;
  2. Huber A, Hirasen K, Brennan AT, Phiri B, Tcherini T, Mulenga L, Haimbe P, Shakwelele H, Nyirenda R, Wilson Matola B, Gunda A, Rosen S. Uptake of same-day initiation of HIV treatment in Malawi, South Africa, and Zambia as reported in routinely collected data: the SPRINT retrospective cohort study. Gates Open Res. 2023; 7:42. PMID: 37153118; PMCID: PMC10160348; DOI: 10.12688/gatesopenres.14424.2;
  3. Brennan AT, Nattey C, Kileel EM, Rosen S, Maskew M, Stokes AC, Fox MP, Venter WDF. Change in body weight and risk of hypertension after switching from efavirenz to dolutegravir in adults living with HIV: evidence from routine care in Johannesburg, South Africa. EClinicalMedicine. 2023 Mar; 57:101836.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36816348; PMCID: PMC9932660; DOI: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2023.101836;
  4. Kileel EM, Zheng A, Bor J, Fox MP, Crowther NJ, George JA, Khoza S, Rosen S, Venter WD, Raal F, Hibberd P, Brennan AT. Does engagement in HIV care affect screening, diagnosis, and control of noncommunicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa? A systematic review and meta-analysis. medRxiv. 2023 Feb 01.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36778439; PMCID: PMC9915817; DOI: 10.1101/2023.01.30.23285196;
  5. Chiliza J, Brennan AT, Laing R, Feeley FG. Evaluation of the impact of PEPFAR transition on retention in care in South Africa's Western Cape. medRxiv. 2023 Jan 20. PMID: 36712108; PMCID: PMC9882633; DOI: 10.1101/2023.01.20.23284819;
  6. MacLeod WB, Bor J, Candy S, Maskew M, Fox MP, Bulekova K, Brennan AT, Potter J, Nattey C, Onoya D, Mlisana K, Stevens W, Carmona S. Cohort profile: the South African National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) National HIV Cohort. BMJ Open. 2022 Oct 19; 12(10):e066671.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36261238; PMCID: PMC9582381; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-066671;
  7. 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;
  8. 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;
  9. 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
  10. 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;
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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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