Gillian Dunn DrPH

School of Nursing - Department of Public Health



  • PH 2020 - Human Diseases & Conditions
  • PH 3050 - Global Health
  • PH 3065 - Environmental Health
  • PH 6200 - Human Diseases & Conditions (Graduate-Level)
  • PH 6260 - Environmental Health (Graduate-Level)
  • PH 7000 - Public Health Capstone (Graduate-Level)



Global health: especially health in developing countries, child health, populations facing disasters and conflict, and sustainable development

Environmental health: especially infectious diseases, malnutrition, water and sanitation, and climate change, Spatial methodologies, geographic information systems (GIS) applications to health


  • Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language & Literature, University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Science in Oceanography, University of Washington
  • Master of Science in Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Rochester
  • Doctor of Public Health in Environmental Health, City University of New York

Dr. Gillian Dunn earned her doctorate in public health from the City University of New York and also holds an MS in Earth & Environmental Sciences and a BS in Oceanography. Prior to joining HPU, Dr. Dunn spent over 18 years managing emergency programs in response to disasters, wars, and outbreaks of disease. Her main interests in public health center around the interaction of the environment and health, including disasters and climate change, ecosystem services, water and sanitation, and vector-borne diseases. She is especially interested in child health within at-risk communities. Dr. Dunn also works with spatial methodologies to better understand the influence of place on health.


  • Dunn, G., Johnson, G. D., Sembajwe, G., and Balk, D. L. (2019). Spatially varying relationships between risk factors and child diarrhea in West Africa, 2008-2013. Mathematical Population Studies. Pending publication.
  • Jones, B., Dunn, G., and Balk, D. L. Extreme-heat mortality: Spatial patterns and determinants in the United States, 1979-2011. Under review.
  • Dunn, G. and Johnson, G. D. (2018). The geo-spatial distribution of childhood diarrheal disease in West Africa, 2008–2013: A covariate-adjusted cluster analysis. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology, 26, 127-141.
  • Dunn, G. (2018). The impact of the Boko Haram insurgency in Northeast Nigeria on childhood wasting: a double-difference study. Conflict and Health, 12(1), 6.
  • Balk, D. L., Nghiem, S. V., Jones, B. R., Liu, Z., and Dunn, G. (2018). Up and out: A multifaceted approach to characterizing urbanization in Greater Saigon, 2000–2009. Landscape and Urban Planning.
  • Betancourt, T. S., Salhi, C., Buka, S., Leaning, J., Dunn, G., and Earls, F. (2012). Connectedness, social support and internalising emotional and behavioural problems in adolescents displaced by the Chechen conflict. Disasters, 36(4), 635-655.
  • Ashmore, J., Atsumi, S., Badawy, L., Birkeland, N. M., Dunn, G., Gornall, S., Hadley, E., Rutte, M. L., Matheson, L., Muigai, J. W., Silvestri, A., Spainhour, L., Stone, D., Vermeulen, E., and Vogel, V. (2008). The Camp Management Toolkit (Norwegian Refugee Council/The Camp Management Project.
  • Betancourt, T., Winthrop, R., Smith, W., and Dunn, G. (2002). The IRC’s emergency education programme for Chechen children and adolescents. Forced Migration Review, 15, 28-30.

Gillian Dunn

Assistant Professor

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