William E. Bertrand

Senior HHI Fellow

Visiting Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

William E. Bertrand PhD. Wisner Professor of Public Health in the Global and Community Health Dept. of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  Previously at Tulane, Dr. Bertrand served in his academic positions as the Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Founding Chair of the Department of International Health, Vice President of Institutional Planning, Research and Innovation, and finally Executive Director of the Payson Center. Professor Bertrand’s research focuses on, monitoring, evaluation and implementation science, and the integration of information technology into health and development interventions with a focus on creating sustainable and resilient individuals and communities globally. He was the founding director of the Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CDMHA) at Tulane where he worked closely with the United States Southern Command in researching, training and responding to problems of complex emergencies and sudden and chronic/complex emergency disasters in Latin America.   

He has served as a consultant for organizations including the World Bank, UNAIDS, USAID, the Inter American Development Bank, CDC, The World Bank and numerous special projects in central and South America. He began his career in Latin America as a postdoctoral fellow in Cali Colombia where he taught and researched for 5 years. He has continued his relationship with three Universities in Colombia assisting in developing graduate programs in human security and sustainable development. Similar programs were developed in Argentina and Guatemala with his assistance. He has worked in all countries in Central and South America as a consultant or researcher.  He served on the board of a non-profit in Guatemala after the earthquakes of the 1970’s and again in Central America after hurricane George. As founding director of the Kinshasa School of Public Health he contributed to the founding of 6 other Schools of Public Health in Africa and Asia. He also was the first Principal Investigator for USAID’s Famine Early Warning Project.

His teaching has covered topics in methods, evaluation and implementation science and specific courses on Food Security with and emphasis on complex emergencies and disaster response, resilience and mitigation. He has served on Council at US National Institutes of Health and as a member of the Pan American Health Foundation board.  He has published over one hundred reviewed articles, monographs and books and made over 300 presentations at scientific meetings.  He is currently pursuing research in information systems to monitor resilience and development and resultant quality of life measurements. Dr. Bertrand is able to work in Spanish and French at the FSR 4 level and is a native English speaker.