Dr. Henna Budhwani, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy and Deputy Director of the Sparkman Center for Global Health, holds a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology and an M.P.H. in Health Care Organization and Policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Budhwani works closely with community partners in the United States and abroad who are interested in improving health outcomes through public health practice. Dr. Budhwani’s research interests include health disparities, with an emphasis on immigrant and minority health, and international health, specifically in the areas of reproductive and sexual health.
Prior to joining UAB (July 2013), Dr. Budhwani worked in East Africa and the Middle East in program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation to assist international NGOs reach vulnerable populations. Dr. Budhwani has worked domestically, most recently with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and its subsidiary Cahaba Safeguard Administrators as Senior Statistician evaluating health outcomes, program effectiveness, and identifying fraud, waste, and abuse for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Dr. Budhwani teaches in the Global Health Studies graduate program (GHS 617: Fundamentals of Global Health, GHS 607: Global Health and Gender, and GHS 600: Fundamentals of Global Health), undergraduate program (PUH 202: Introduction to Global Health), and course masters the Sparkman Center’s field courses (GHS 620/GHS 420: Jamaica Field Course, GHS 630/GHS 629/GHS 430/GHS 429: SIFAT Global Health Training).
Selected Publications in International Health
Budhwani, H, Hearld, K.R., Barrow, G., Peterson, S.N., and Walton-Levermore, K. 2015. "A comparison of younger and older MSM using data from Jamaica AIDS Support for Life: characteristics associated with HIV status." International Journal of STD & AIDS. Online before print: July 2, 2015.
Budhwani, H., Hearld, K.R., and Harbison, H. 2015. "Individual and area level factors associated with prenatal, delivery, and postnatal care in Pakistan. Maternal and Child Health. Online before print: February 10, 2015.
Wilson, L., Acharya, R., Karki, S., Budhwani, H., Shrestha, P., Chalise, P., Shrestha, U., and Gautam, K. In press. “Evidence-Based Practice Models to Maximize Nursing’s Contributions to Global Health” Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research.
Selected Publications in Health Disparities
Budhwani, H., Hearld, K.R., and Chavez-Yenter, D. 2015. "Generalized anxiety disorder in racial and ethnic minorities: a case of nativity and contextual factors." Journal of Affective Disorders, 175: 275-280.
Budhwani,H., Hearld, K.R., and Chavez-Yenter, D. 2015. "Depression disparities in racial and ethnic minorities: the impact of nativity and discrimination." Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 2(1): 34-42.
Hearld, K.R., Budhwani, H., and Chavez-Yenter, D. 2015. "Panic attacks in minority Americans: the effects of alcohol abuse, tobacco smoking, and discrimination." Journal of Affective Disorders, 174: 106-112.