Alana Brennan, PhD, MPH Hear my name
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 a member of BUSPH faculty, I am dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) across my research, teaching, and service roles. I firmly hold that higher education institutions, particularly universities, should foster a community inclusive of diverse backgrounds and experiences, free from discrimination related to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or religious beliefs. In my service activities, I engage in school retreats, seminars, and department committee meetings centered on DEIA. For my teaching, I regularly review and revise my syllabus with the help of BUSPH’s Public Health Syllabus Assessment Tool for DEI, incorporating more works from women, and black and brown community members, and aiming to create a more inclusive environment for students. In research, I focus on mentoring students (MPH, MS, and PhD) and postdoctoral fellows of diverse backgrounds. I have also completed the DEIA and Title IX training offered by BUSPH.

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. Höhn A, Lomax N, Rice H, Angus C, Brennan A, Brown D, Cunningham A, Elsenbroich C, Hughes C, Katikireddi SV, McCartney G, Seaman R, Tsuchia A, Meier P. Estimating quality-adjusted life expectancy (QALE) for local authorities in Great Britain and its association with indicators of the inclusive economy: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 2024 Mar 01; 14(3):e076704. PMID: 38431294; PMCID: PMC10910677; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-076704;
  2. Kileel EM, Zheng A, Bor J, Fox MP, Crowther NJ, George JA, Khoza S, Rosen S, Venter WDF, 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. AIDS Behav. 2024 Feb; 28(2):591-608.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38300475; PMCID: PMC10876721; DOI: 10.1007/s10461-023-04248-0;
  3. Brennan AT, Lauren E, Bor J, George JA, Chetty K, Mlisana K, Dai A, Khoza S, Rosen S, Stokes AC, Raal F, Hibberd P, Alexanian SM, Fox MP, Crowther NJ. Gaps in the type 2 diabetes care cascade: a national perspective using South Africa's National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) database. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023 Dec 21; 23(1):1452.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38129852; PMCID: PMC10740239; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-023-10318-9;
  4. Brennan AT, Vetter B, Masuku SD, Mtshazo B, Mashabane N, Sokhela S, Venter WD, Kao K, Meyer-Rath G. Integration of point-of-care screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension into the COVID-19 vaccine programme in Johannesburg, South Africa. BMC Public Health. 2023 Nov 20; 23(1):2291.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37986070; PMCID: PMC10662646; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-023-17190-6;
  5. Masuku SD, Brennan AT, Vetter B, Venter F, Mtshazo B, Sokhela S, Mashabane N, Kao K, Meyer-Rath G. The cost of adding rapid screening for diabetes, hypertension, and COVID-19 to COVID-19 vaccination queues in Johannesburg, South Africa. Res Sq. 2023 Oct 10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37886557; PMCID: PMC10602052; DOI: 10.21203/;
  6. Benade M, Mchiza Z, Raquib RV, Prasad SK, Yan LD, Brennan AT, Davies J, Sudharsanan N, Manne-Goehler J, Fox MP, Bor J, Rosen SB, Stokes AC. Health systems performance for hypertension control using a cascade of care approach in South Africa, 2011-2017. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023; 3(9):e0002055.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37676845; PMCID: PMC10484448; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgph.0002055;
  7. 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;
  8. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37153118; PMCID: PMC10160348; DOI: 10.12688/gatesopenres.14424.2;
  9. 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;
  10. 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;
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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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