Dr. Henna Budhwani, Assistant Professor 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 area of women's health.
Prior to joining the UAB Department of Health Care Organization and Policy in 2013, Dr. Budhwani worked in East Africa and the Middle East in program development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation to assist international NGOs reach vulnerable populations, such as the aged, women, and racial and ethnic minorities. Dr. Budhwani has also 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), 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).