The Mobile Revolution - A Catalyst for Global Health Systems

Dr. Alain B. Labrique, PhD, MHS, MS
Director, Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative
Associate Professor, Department of International Health & Department of Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Dr. Alain Labrique is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative, a multi-disciplinary Center of Excellence of over 140 projects engaged in mHealth innovation and research across the Johns Hopkins system. An infectious disease epidemiologist with training in molecular biology and nearly two decades of field experience running large population-based research studies in low and middle-income countries, Labrique holds joint appointments in the Dept. of Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Dept. of Community-Public Health in the School of Nursing and the Division of Health Informatics at the School of Medicine at Hopkins. In addition to teaching and training students and faculty at Hopkins and as a Visiting Professor at institutions in Bangladesh and China, Labrique is lead investigator for several research projects measuring the impact of information and communications technologies on improving maternal, neonatal and infant health in resource-limited settings. Labrique was recognized as one of the Top 11 mHealth Innovators in 2011 by the Rockefeller Foundation and the UN Foundation and was a lead author on a Bellagio Declaration on mHealth Evidence. His work on mHealth strategies for health system strengthening remains among the most cited mHealth resources in the peer-reviewed literature. Labrique has authored over 120 publications in high-impact journals, as well as several book chapters and technical reports on Digital Health, M&E methodologies, and emerging infectious diseases. 

Labrique serves as a Digital Health and Technical Advisor to international and global health agencies and MoH’s including the WHO, GSMA, USAID, the mHealth Alliance and HealthEnabled. Labrique serves as the current Chair of the WHO mHealth Technical Evidence Review Group (mTERG) and the WHO Digital Health Guidelines Development Group, technical bodies convened by WHO to advise governments on digital health investments.