Henna Budhwani, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Ryals 330

Dr. Henna Budhwani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy and has a secondary faculty appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences African American Studies program. Dr. Budhwani holds a PhD in Medical Sociology and an MPH in Health Care Organization and Policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Prior to joining the ranks of faculty in 2013, Dr. Budhwani was a Senior Statistician with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and its subsidiary Cahaba Safeguard Administrators where she was part of an analytic team that identified provider fraud, waste, and abuse by applying retroactive statistical analyses and predictive models to Medicare and Medicaid claims data. While at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Dr. Budhwani also conducted health services research examining health outcomes through the analysis of medical claims data, pharmacy data, and intervention or programmatic outcomes data.

Dr. Budhwani's health disparities research agenda seeks to translate scientific findings to impactful policies and to identify behavioral interventions (with social supports) to improve the health and well-being of highly stigmatized, often victimized populations both in the United States and abroad. To accomplish these tasks, Dr. Budhwani works closely with community partners that are interested in improving population health, particularly in the areas of stigma reduction, adolescent health, HIV, LGBT health, minority and immigrant health, mental health, and preventative health behaviors. To date, Dr. Budhwani has worked in over fifteen countries and has published studies from Pakistan, Nepal, India, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cameroon.

For her commitment to local and global communities, Dr. Budhwani has received multiple accolades. In 2015, she was a finalist for Birmingham Young Professional of the Year. In 2016, she was named one of Birmingham's Top 40 under 40 and was awarded the Vulcan Award by the Mayor of Birmingham. In 2017, she was honored by the Women's Fund and was a nominee for Delta Zeta International Woman of the Year. In 2018, Dr. Budhwani was a finalist for the UAB School of Public Health President's Award for Excellence in Teaching for her contributions to undergraduate and graduate global health education.


Selected Publications - Domestic

  • Budhwani H and Hearld KR. Muslim women's experiences with stigma, abuse, and depression: results of a sample study conducted in the United States. Journal of Women's Health. 2017 May;26(5):435-441. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2016.5886.
  • Fazelia P, Turan JM, Budhwani H, Smith WD, Raper JL, Mugavero MJ, and Turan B. Moment-to-moment within-person associations between acts of discrimination and internalized stigma in people living with HIV: An experience sampling study. Stigma and Health. 2017 Aug;2(3):216-228. doi: 10.1037/sah0000051.
  • Budhwani H and De P. Human papillomavirus vaccine initiation in Asian Indians and Asian subpopulations: a case for examining disaggregated data in public health research. Public Health. 2017 Dec;153:111-117. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2017.07.036.


Selected Publications - Global

  • Budhwani H, Hearld KR, Milner A, Charow R, McGlaughlin E, Rosario S, Rodriguez-Lauzurique RM, and Paulino-Ramirez R. Transgender Women's Experiences with Stigma, Trauma, and Attempted Suicide in the Dominican Republic. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior. 2017 Sep 26. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12400.
  • Hearld KR, Anderson J, and Budhwani, H. Examining the relationship between individual characteristics, community-level traits, multidimensional empowerment, and maternal health care utilization in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2018 Mar 6. doi: 10.1007/s10995-018-2512-3.
  • Hearld KR and Budhwani H. Maternal Health Care Use by Pregnant Women Living with HIV: Factors Associated with Prenatal, Delivery, and Postnatal Care in Haiti. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2017;28(4):1452-1461. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2017.0126.