Salma Abdalla, DrPH, MBBS, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Global Health

DPH/DrPH, Boston University School of Public Health
MBBS, University of Khartoum
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health

Salma Abdalla, a Sudanese medical doctor, is an Assistant Professor in Global Health and Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. She was the Director of the Rockefeller-Boston University 3-D Commission on Determinants of health, Data science, and Decision making. She also served as a secretariat member for the WHO Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her research focuses on understanding how microsocial forces shape the health of the population. In particular, she studies how data on the social, economic, and commercial determinants can be used to inform decision-making on health and health equity in different contexts. She also studies the effects of trauma on global population mental health. She has published over 50 scientific journal articles, co-authored 8 reports and policy briefs, and co-authored 9 book chapters.
Dr Abdalla was also engaged in advocacy efforts to incorporate the voices of young people in setting the global public health agenda for a number of years. She was elected the Secretary General of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations for the term 2013-2014. She was also named an emerging voice in global health in 2018 and a Moremi fellow for young women leadership in Africa in 2012.

Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health

Mass Violence Resource Center
07/01/2022 - 06/30/2025 (Multi-PI)
PI: Salma Abdalla, DrPH, MBBS, MPH
Medical University of South Carolina Victims of Crime


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  1. Babbs G, Weber SE, Abdalla SM, Cesare N, Nsoesie EO. Use of machine learning methods to understand discussions of female genital mutilation/cutting on social media. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(7):e0000878.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37490461; PMCID: PMC10368253; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgph.0000878;
  2. Galea S, Abdalla SM. The Case for Optimism in Health and Health Care. JAMA Health Forum. 2023 Apr 07; 4(4):e231159.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37022708
  3. Maani N, Abdalla SM, Ettman CK, Parsey L, Rhule E, Allotey P, Galea S. Global Health Equity Requires Global Equity. Health Equity. 2023; 7(1):192-196.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36960163; PMCID: PMC10029999; DOI: 10.1089/heq.2022.0169;
  4. Maani N, Abdalla SM, Ettman CK, Parsey L, Rhule E, Allotey P, Galea S. Global Health Equity Requires Global Equity. Health Equity. 2023; 7(1):192-196.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36960163; PMCID: PMC10029999; DOI: 10.1089/heq.2022.0169;
  5. Fazaludeen Koya S, Abdalla SM, Kodama C, Keita M, Abubakar A. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: A Systematic Review. J Epidemiol Glob Health. 2023 Mar; 13(1):105-114.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36757670; PMCID: PMC9910263; DOI: 10.1007/s44197-023-00091-7;
  6. Ettman CK, Fan AY, Subramanian M, Adam GP, Badillo Goicoechea E, Abdalla SM, Stuart EA, Galea S. Prevalence of depressive symptoms in U.S. adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: A systematic review. SSM Popul Health. 2023 Mar; 21:101348.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36741588; PMCID: PMC9883077; DOI: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2023.101348;
  7. Raifman J, Ettman CK, Dean LT, Abdalla SM, Skinner A, Barry CL, Galea S. Economic precarity, loneliness, and suicidal ideation during the COVID-19 pandemic. PLoS One. 2022; 17(11):e0275973.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36383566; PMCID: PMC9668199; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0275973;
  8. Lal A, Abdalla SM, Chattu VK, Erondu NA, Lee TL, Singh S, Abou-Taleb H, Vega Morales J, Phelan A. Pandemic preparedness and response: exploring the role of universal health coverage within the global health security architecture. Lancet Glob Health. 2022 Nov; 10(11):e1675-e1683. PMID: 36179734; PMCID: PMC9514836; DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(22)00341-2;
  9. Galea S, Abdalla SM. State Firearm Laws and Firearm-Related Mortality and Morbidity. JAMA. 2022 Sep 27; 328(12):1189-1190.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36166016
  10. Reuben A, Moreland A, Abdalla SM, Cohen GH, Friedman MJ, Galea S, Rothbaum AO, Schmidt MG, Vena JE, Kilpatrick DG. Prevalence of Depression and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Flint, Michigan, 5 Years After the Onset of the Water Crisis. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Sep 01; 5(9):e2232556.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36125808; PMCID: PMC9490512; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.32556;
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