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

Senait  Kebede

Adjunct Associate Professor

Adjunct or Visiting, Global Health

Dr. Kebede is a global health professional with over 20 years experience in clinical and public health practice. She has worked/consulted international and bilateral organizations including WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, World Bank, CDC, and USAID on Maternal and child health, HIV/TB, Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (DSR) and quality of care. Among her assignments include: WHO inter-country medical officer for in Southern Africa responsible for coordinating and supporting implementation of Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) in 10 countries; WHO regional coordinator for 3 by 5 (Initiative to increase access to ART to 3 million people by 2005); Investment and Efficiency advisor for UNAIDS, and Adolescent Health and HIV specialist for UNICEF in Uganda. Dr. Kebede consulted with WHO/HQ on various technical consultations to develop global recommendations, guidelines, and tools. On a collaborative venture between CDC and WHO/AFRO, Dr. Kebede coauthored the laboratory networking Guideline for IDSR, a document that is widely used in the region translated into three WHO languages. She has led and participated in various technical assistance missions to multiple countries for planning, policy, programming as well as training and mentoring. Before she joined the global health field, Dr Kebede served as a faculty of Addis Ababa University (AAU) where she practiced pediatrics, and served as postgraduate coordinator. She continued to be affiliated with academics as an Hon. Associate Professor of pediatrics at St Paul Millennium Medical College (SPHMMC) and Hon. Associate Professor of Public Health, AAU in Ethiopia. Dr Kebede had been teaching Global health strategies, as an adjunct faculty, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University Between (2007-20014) and is a contributor to the HIV course at The Mayo Clinic, School of Continuous Professional Development. She delivers guest lectures at various universities including University of Massachusetts and Georgia State University on global health topics. Dr Kebede is HIV/TB expert at WHO TBTEAM and member of the child and adolescent TB working group. She is also member of the Partnership Committee (PC) Independent Technical Expert Mechanism (PCITEM) for the WHO’s Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework Secretariat. She is also the director of international health consultancy, LLC.


Dr. Kebede received her MD from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, with specialty in pediatrics and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in international health. She is also Gates fellow of Strategic Leadership for Reproductive Health, JHU and PMI certified in Project Management.

Contact Information


Atlanta , GA 30329

Phone: 4047833866


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Areas of Interest

  • Infectious Disease
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Surveillance

Affiliations & Activities


1. Child Health Task Force  memebr 

2. Gates Strategic Leadership fellow for Population and Reproductive Health

3. Contributor - Essentials of HIV course eCurriculum series, Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development, Rochester, MN, USA

4. TBTEAM expert for TB/HIV & child and adolescent TB working group member , WHO/Geneva

4.  Pandemic Influenza Preparedness technical expert mechanism(PCITEM) member,  WHO/Geneva

6. Hon. Associate Professor of pedaitrics, SPHMMC, Ethiopa

7. Project managment Professionals memebr PMI



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