• Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Anthropology
  • Adjunct Professor, Health Systems and Population Health
  • Executive Director, Health Alliance International
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James Pfeiffer PhD, MPH, Professor in the Department of Global Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, Seattle, with a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology. Dr. Pfeiffer is the director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Department of Global Health. He is also Executive Director of Health Alliance International (HAI), a non-profit based in Seattle affiliated with the Department of Global Health at UW, where he oversees health system strengthening projects in Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire, and Timor Leste. Dr. Pfeiffer earned his PhD in Anthropology and his MPH at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has 30 years of research experience in implementation science, medical anthropology, and public health in Africa.

  • PhD (University of California Los Angeles)
  • MPH (University of California Los Angeles)
  • MA (University of California Los Angeles)
  • BA (Williams College)
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Community-Based Primary Health Care
  • Digital Health Interventions
  • Global Health Governance
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Political Economy of Health
  • Qualitative Research and Methods
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Sociobehavioral
  • War, Conflict, and Peace Studies
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Medical anthropology; International health; HIV/AIDS prevention


Pfeiffer, J. International NGOs and Primary Health Care in Mozambique: The Need for a New Model of Collaboration. Social Science & Medicine. 56: 725-738, 2003

Pfeiffer, J. Chapman, R. Anthropological Perspectives on Structural Adjustment and Public Health. Annual Review of Anthropology, 39:149-166, 2010.

Pfeiffer, J., Napúa, M., Wagenaar, B., Chale, F., Hoek, R., Micek, M., Manuel, J., Michel, C. Greenberg Cowan, J. , Cowan, J., Gimbel , S., Sherr, K., Gloyd, S., Chapman, R. A stepped wedge cluster randomized controlled trial to promote Option B+ retention in central Mozambique. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 76(3), pp.273-280. 2017.

Pfeiffer, J. Montoya, P. Baptista, A. Karagianis, M. Pugas, M. Micek, M. Johnson, W. Sherr, K. Gimbel, S. Baird, S. Lambdin, B. Gloyd, S. Integration of HIV/AIDS Services into African Primary Health Care: Lessons Learned for Health System Strengthening In Mozambique. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 13:3 (20 January), 2010.

Pfeiffer, J. and Chapman, R. NGOs, austerity, and universal health coverage in Mozambique. Globalization and Health 15(1). 2019