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Fauzia Aman Malik

PhD, MSc, BA
Associate Research Scientist and Special Advisor to the Dean for Global Research & Initiatives; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health



Fauzia Aman Malik PhD, MSc. is the Special Advisor to the Dean for Global Health Research and Initiatives at the Yale School of Public Health, and 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 designing and evaluation of community-based health programs that address the needs of vulnerable populations. As part of an academia, she has worked closely with organizations like National Institute of Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, the World Bank, German Development Agency (GTZ), GAVI, IVI, Sabin Institute, UNICEP, 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 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 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 workplace (US) and community setting (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's 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 is regularly trainings research teams on research design, data collection and analysis methods, streamlining implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of the projects.

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)


  • Community-based RSV Mortality Surveillance in Infants: minimally invasive tissue sampling (MITs) study in Karachi
    Karachi, Pakistan (2020-2022)
    We are collecting nasopharyngeal specimens through MITs of lungs/thorax from the recently deceased infants under 6 months of age in 2 peri-urban areas of Karachi. Funded by RTI (MITS Surveillance Alliance), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Comprehensive Profiling of Social Mixing Patterns in Resource Poor Countries
    Guatemala City, Guatemala; Chennai, India; Maputo, Mozambique; Karachi, Pakistan 2019
    We will collect and analyze contact data, in both rural and urban settings, in Guatemala, Pakistan, India and Mozambique in order to better parameterize infectious disease models, and thus evaluate infectious disease interventions.
  • Comprehensively Profiling Social Mixing Patterns in Workplace Settings to Model Pandemic Influenza Transmission
    Atlanta, United States; New Haven, United States 2019
    We will collect and analyze contact data, in four large companies in the United States, in order to better parameterize infectious disease models, and thus assess the effectiveness of various workplace social distancing strategies in reducing or slowing the transmission of pandemic influenza. the project focus has been re-oriented to COVID-19.
  • AFIX-OB: A Customizable Quality Improvement Intervention to Increase Maternal Vaccine Uptake
    New Haven, United States 2019
    We propose a trial to evaluate AFIX-OB, a systematic, customizable model to deliver evidence- based quality improvement interventions to enhance maternal immunization delivery in the obstetric care setting.
  • Behavioral Insights – Landscape and Technical Expertise
    New Haven, United States 2019
    This project aims to synthesize the evidence on what behavioral interventions we know work and what could work to increase equitable vaccine coverage in low- and middle-income countries. We will consider evidence from behavioral insights both inside the vaccine field and in other fields with the aim of being able to inform interventions at all levels of the vaccine delivery process.
  • Ethical Considerations for a Single Dose HPV Vaccine Regimen
    New Haven, United States 2019
    Outline ethical and policy considerations for differing HPV vaccine regimens in low- and middle-income countries versus high-income countries.

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