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Jean Hunleth, PhD, MPH

Instructor in Surgery

Hunleth Website

Graduate School

PhD, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
MPH, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

Post Doctoral Education

Division of Public Health Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis.

Research Interests

Dr. Hunleth is a medical anthropologist with public health training and professional experience working in global health. Her research focuses on the experience of caregiving and treatment seeking for infectious and chronic diseases in Africa (most specifically, Zambia) and in the United States. She is especially interested in children’s experiences of and responses to illness, medicine, and health programming. Her work demonstrates that identifying children’s actions and perspectives facilitates the design of more appropriate and family-centered health interventions for children and adults. Hunleth’s approach to research is creative and rigorous. She uses ethnographic and qualitative interview and observational methods as well as participatory techniques such as drawing, role playing, and photography. Her aim is to reduce disparities and improve health care delivery through focusing on the practical knowledge and lived experience of people typically left out of health programming and policy decisions.

Contact Information

660 S. Euclid Ave.
Campus Box 8100
St. Louis MO 63110
(314) 747-8066

Selected Publications

Dr. Hunleth on PubMed.

Hunleth J, Jacob RR, Cole SM, Bond V, James AS. School holidays: examining childhood, gender norms, and kinship in children's shorter-term residential mobility in urban Zambia. Child Geogr. 2015;13(5):501-517. Epub 2014 Mar 5. PubMed PMID: 26435699; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4586129.

Hunleth JM, Steinmetz EK, McQueen A, James AS. Beyond Adherence: Health Care Disparities and the Struggle to Get Screened for Colon Cancer. Qual Health Res. 2016 Jan;26(1):17-31. doi: 10.1177/1049732315593549. Epub 2015 Jul 9. PubMed PMID: 26160775; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4684740.

Jacob R, Arnold LD, Hunleth J, Greiner KA, James AS. Daily hassles' role in health seeking behavior among low-income populations. Am J Health Behav. 2014 Mar;38(2):297-306. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.38.2.15. PubMed PMID: 24629558; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4128832.

Hunleth J. Children's roles in tuberculosis treatment regimes: constructing childhood and kinship in urban Zambia. Med Anthropol Q. 2013 Jun;27(2):292-311. doi: 10.1111/maq.12028. Epub 2013 Jun 26. PubMed PMID: 23804398; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3707965.

Hunleth J. "ARVs" as sickness and medicine: examining children's knowledge and experience in the HIV era in urban Zambia. AIDS Care. 2013;25(6):763-6. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2012.748878. Epub 2012 Dec 20. PubMed PMID: 23256500; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3610860.

Ager A, Zimmerman C, Unlu K, Rinehart R, Nyberg B, Zeanah C, Hunleth J, Bastiaens I, Weldy A, Bachman G, Blum AB, Strottman K. What strategies are appropriate for monitoring children outside of family care and evaluating the impact of the programs intended to serve them? Child Abuse Negl. 2012 Oct;36(10):732-42. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2012.09.006. Epub 2012 Oct 18. Review. PubMed PMID: 23083900.

Chang SH, Beason TS, Hunleth JM, Colditz GA. A systematic review of body fat distribution and mortality in older people. Maturitas. 2012 Jul;72(3):175-91. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.04.004. Epub 2012 May 16. Review. PubMed PMID: 22595204; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3367099.


Hunleth J. (2017). Children as Caregivers: The Global Fight against Tuberculosis and HIV in Zambia. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.