Faculty and Research

Byron Crape, PhD MSPH,BS
Assistant Professor of Practice
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Research Interest

Epidemiology/Biostatistics Research Methodologies, Disease Risk Factors and Determinants, Environmental Health, Mental Health, Health Service Evaluation, Health Information Systems, Health and Human Rights

Selected Publications

Byron spent four years in El Salvador with a non-governmental organization working with thousands of war displaced living in mud huts along a railroad track. During that time he established a clinic, trained health workers, developed a disease surveillance system, and help build a community center that included a library for children. Following that work he continued his education for his PhD at Johns Hopkins in Maryland, acting as a teaching assistant and later teaching a range of courses and guest lecturing. During his time at Hopkins he established workshops to support graduate and medical students in biostatistics and epidemiology and founded the Health and Human Rights Group.  He was a biostatistician for a range of major on-going cohort studies and clinical trials at Hopkins, including HIV/AIDS, addictions, program evaluations, and treatment protocols.  He also worked on many dozens of smaller projects as a biostatistician and analytical epidemiologist. For his PhD he received a grant from NIH to conduct a study of the associations of weight cycling and type II diabetes (both hormonal processes) on postmenopausal breast cancer. Outside of these research and teaching activities on-location at Hopkins, Byron has also supported health service evaluations and taught various courses for Hopkins in Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Spain. While in Baltimore he also worked for the State of Maryland in the AIDS Administration as a research statistician and as a TB Epidemiologist for the TB Division of the Maryland State Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.   Following these positions, Byron worked with the WHO office for the region that included Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.  On completion of that contract, he took a position in the technical unit of the regional headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Western Hemisphere, based in Washington, DC. Responsible for a large variety of projects and technical assessments in this office, his responsibilities included coordination of major renovations on-location for national health information systems in Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and other countries.                                                                                                                    Following these positions, Byron worked with the WHO office for the region that included Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.  Leaving the regional WHO headquarters to work in a WHO field office in Caribbean Guyana, he taught a variety of workshops and courses to a variety of health professionals and students.  With WHO and Ministry of Health colleagues he redesigned the national health information systems, with a colleague he also designed and conducted a comprehensive assessment of maternity ward protocols and procedures to reduce infant mortality and maternal mortality rates, improved the HIV screening process for the blood bank.  During this time he designed and directed a disaster syndromic surveillance system that involved the participation of a few thousand professionals during a historically disastrous flood that severely impacted a quarter of a million people for a couple of months. Following his work in Guyana, Byron returned to the technical unit at the regional WHO headquarters in Washington D.C.  Afterwards he joined the teaching and research faculty in the College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan, Armenia.  In Armenia, he was a member of the Ministry of Health/Global Health TB Working Group and the Chair of the Operational TB Research Committee.  During this time he continues to work on projects and teach in the Anton de Kom University School of Medicine in Suriname, the King Saud University College of Medicine and occasionally for Johns Hopkins. He recently left the College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia to join the faculty at the Nazarbayev University School of Medicine.