Rollins School of Public Health | Faculty Profile
Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Vijaya  Kancherla

Research Assistant Professor

Faculty, Epidemiology

Faculty, Executive MPH

Vijaya Kancherla, PhD, is the Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Kancherla is also the Associate Director for the Applied Epidemiology Track for the Executive Master of Public Health (EMPH) Program at Emory University. She instructs graduate courses in the Department of Epidemiology and the EMPH program at Rollins. She serves as an epidemiologist at the Center for Spina Bifida Prevention at Emory University. Dr. Kancherla has received her doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the University of Iowa in 2010, and completed a post-doctoral training as Pierre Decouflé Fellow with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012. Her cresearch interests are broadly focused on maternal and child health, with an emphasis on birth defects surveillance, research, prevention and policy. She serves on various research and service committees, both national and international, in the field of birth defects. Dr. Kancherla is also an affiliate member of the International Clearinghouse on Birth Defects Surveillance and Research, Vice-Chair of the Public Affairs Committee of the Teratology Society, and engaged as a Consultant & Technical Expert in the Global WHO Birth Defects Technical Working Group at the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organization.

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Contact Information

1518 Clifton Road NE

Atlanta , GA 30322

Phone: 404-727-8884

Fax: 404-727-8737


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Areas of Interest

  • Adolescent Health/Child Health
  • Global Health
  • Health Policy
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutrition
  • Public Health Practice
  • Epidemiology
  • Reproductive Health


  • Ph.D. 2010, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Courses Taught

  • EPI 508: MCH Leadership Seminar
  • EPI 534: Statistical Programming
  • EPI 534: Statistical Programming
  • AEPI 515D: Intro Public Hlth Surveillance

Affiliations & Activities

Collaborator and Reviewer for Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, Iowa Registry for Congenital and Inherited Disorders

Consultant, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organization

Technical Expert, Global WHO Birth Defects Technical Working Group, World Health Organization

Vice-Chair, Public Affairs Committee, Teratology Society

Member, Global Research on Developmental Disabilities Collabortors, Global Burden of Disease Study, Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle

Member, PUSH! Global Alliance for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus

Affiliate Member, International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surviellance and Research

Member, Society for Epidemiological Research

Member, Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology