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Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Deborah  McFarland

Associate Professor

Faculty, Global Health

Jointly Appointed, Health Policy and Management

Dr. Deborah A. McFarland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health and the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. Her specialty is international health care financing and health policy. Dr. McFarland has been involved in health policy and health financing issues for the past 25 years with particular interest in the interface of disease control programs and health systems, and the ethics and economics of resource allocation for public health priorities. She is a member of the World Health Organization Neglected Tropical Diseases Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG), the WHO technical consultative committee for the Africa Programme on Onchocerciasis Control (APOC), the WHO/UNICEF Tropical Disease Research Special Advisory Committee and the Mectizan Expert Committee for neglected tropical diseases.  Dr. McFarland served in the Peace Corps in Liberia, worked as a health services specialist for the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Funds in central Appalachia and was the director of a network of primary care clinics in the same region.  She was a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in health policy and finance at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and with the National Governors Association on Capitol Hill. She is director of the Foege Fellowship program in the RSPH, the Global Field Experience Program and the Peace Corps Masters International Program. She is an Open Society Foundation International Scholar supporting the development and strengthening of public health graduate education in Eastern Europe and the country of Georgia.  Dr McFarland has been awarded numerous teaching awards including the highest honor for teaching at Emory University, the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award.  Dr. McFarland holds a strategic management and industrial organization economics, an MSc in economics, an MPH in health policy and a BA in philosophy. 

Contact Information

Rollins School of Public Health , 1518 Clifton Road NE. Room 7023

Atlanta , GA 30322

1518 Clifton Road NE. Room 7023

Phone: 404-727-7849


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Areas of Interest

  • Global Health
  • Health Economics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Public Health Policy


  • PhD 1987, University of Tennessee
  • MPH 1973, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • MSc 1984, London School of Economics

Courses Taught

  • GH 561: App.PH Econ.Low&Mod.Inc.Cntr.
  • GH 521: Global Hlth Prog. Management
  • GH 524: Health Syst.Perf. & Financing

Affiliations & Activities

Winner of 2017 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) for Teaching Excellence Award.  This national award is given to one faculty member annually for outstanding teaching and mentoring of students toward distinction in public health research, teaching, and practice.