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Fauzia Aman Malik

PhD, MSc, BA
Associate Research Scientist in Public Health (Health Policy and Management); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health



Fauzia Aman Malik Ph.D., MSc. is an Associate Research Scientist at the Department of Health Policy and Management. Born and raised in Pakistan, Fauzia has been living and working on four continents in global health for the past 20 years. As a trained Medical Anthropologist, she specializes in ethnographic, participatory mixed methods research, and the design and evaluation of community-based health programs that address the needs of vulnerable populations. As part of academia, she has worked closely with organizations like the National Institute of Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, the World Bank, German Development Agency (GTZ), GAVI, IVI, Sabin Institute, UNICEF, UNFPA, and local and international NGOs.

Fauzia's research is focused on health disparities and access to care, most recently for people living with HIV in the era of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - the 2010 health reform. In this ethnographic work, she investigated how the ACA policy became implementable into day to day life of an HIV clinic funded by the Ryan White Care Act and providing care within the fragmented American healthcare system, how these policies translate access to care into a lived experience for people living with HIV, and how this ‘social life of health policy’ informs, directs, and re-directs the strategic processes of providing care, policy-making, organizational culture, and social change.

A substantial portion of Fauzia's research portfolio includes work on improving the acceptance and uptake of vaccines for pregnant women and their children in Pakistan, Kenya, Honduras, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. Her most recent work includes studying social mixing patterns in corporate workplaces (US) and community settings (Mozambique, Guatemala, India, and Pakistan) to model and assess the effectiveness of various social distancing strategies in reducing the transmission of pandemics such as COVID-19 and influenza. Other pandemic-related projects focus on developing behavioral interventions addressing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, acceptance, and uptake for adults and children in Pakistan and Chad.

In addition to project development and research, Fauzia has mentored and supervised student research and taught several graduate and undergraduate level courses on qualitative research methods and analysis, community-based participatory action research, critical issues in global health and anthropology, and international health. She regularly trains research teams on research design, data collection, and analysis methods, streamlining implementation, and project monitoring and evaluation.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Edinburgh, Medical Anthropology/Anthropology of Policy (2017)
  • MSc
    Quaid-I-Azam University, Socio-cultural Anthropology (1998)
  • BA
    Punjab University (1992)

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