Dr. Joel Francis
Dr. Joel Francis is a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the National Research Coordinator for the PPIUD study. Dr. Francis holds an MD from the University of Dar es Salaam, an MSc Epidemiology from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has extensive experience in monitoring, evaluation, rigorous quantitative research and systematic reviews and meta analysis, particularly in the area of HIV/AIDS and alcohol use in young people (15-24 years).
For the past seven years, Dr. Francis has designed, conducted, and evaluated public health and medical research as a research scientist at Tanzania’s National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR). He served as principal investigator in several research projects including studies on: the epidemiology of STDs among female sex workers in northern Tanzania; the prevalence, perceptions and acceptability of male circumcision as an HIV preventive measure; and epidemiology of alcohol use among young people in northern Tanzania. He has experience in data management using Stata program and advanced quantitative data analysis skills using Stata software.