Anne Paxton, DrPH

  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Population and Family Health at CUMC
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Anne Paxton holds Masters degrees in Public Health and International Affairs, and a doctorate in Epidemiology, from Columbia University. Dr. Paxton began her career working in the area of child undernutrition and vitamin A deficiency, establishing nutrition programs in low-income African countries for the non-governmental organization, Helen Keller International. She continued her applied global health work addressing the challenge of maternal mortality with Columbia University's Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD). Dr. Paxton provided technical oversight and management of monitoring and evaluation research related to AMDD's emergency obstetric service delivery projects in over 30 countries, and supported baseline national needs assessments throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. More recently, Dr. Paxton has brought her expertise in global health and in food and nutrition to research of dietary changes of immigrants to the United States. She also has a strong interest in dietary changes in middle- and low-income countries and the associated rapid increase in chronic diseases. She holds faculty appointments in Epidemiology and Population and Family Health, and is Director of the Global Health Certificate at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.


Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Population and Family Health at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Global Health Certificate

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 1981 Princeton University
  • MPH, 1984 Columbia University
  • DrPH, 1994 Columbia University


Research Interests

  • Biostatistical Methods
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Education
  • Food Policy and Obesity
  • Global Health
  • Maternal and Reproductive Health

Selected Publications

Paxton A, Bailey P, Lobis S The United Nations Process Indicators for emergency obstetric care: Reflections based on a decade of experience. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 95 192-208 2006

Halperin M, Paz-Soldan VA, Quispe V, Paxton A, Gilman RH Sustainability of solar disinfection to provide safe drinking water in rural Peru. Public Health Rep 126 762-8 2

Patricia Bailey, Anne Paxton, Samantha Lobis, Deborah Fry The availability of life-saving obstetric services in developing countries: an in-depth look at the signal functions for emergency obstetric care. International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 93 2006

Deborah Maine, Anne Paxton, Patricia Bailey, George Patterson Research Note: Estimating Maternal Deaths Averted: A Field-Based Methodology. International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 89 221-230 2005

Anne Paxton, Deborah Maine, Lynn Freedman, Deborah Fry, Samantha Lobis The Evidence Base for Emergency Obstetric Care. International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2005 88(2) 181-193 2005

Lobis S, Fry D, Paxton A Emergency obstetric care in the United States: availability, access and utilization. IJGO 2004

Liu H, Ou B, Paxton A, Zhao P, Xu J, Long D, Li Z, Yang J, Zhong L, Lietman T, Chen L, Pizzarello LD Rapid assessment of trachoma in Hainan Province, China: validation of new World Health Organization methodology Ophthalmic Epidemiology 9(2) 97-104 2002

A Paxton, The Singida Trachoma Study Team Rapid assessment of trachoma prevalence--Singida, Tanzania. A study to compare assessment methods Ophthalmic Epidemiology 8(2-3) 87-96 2001

Paxton A, Lederman SA, Heymsfield SB, Wang J, Thornton JC, Pierson RN Jr. Anthropometric equations for studying body fat in pregnant women AJCN 67(1) 104-10 1998

Global Health Activities

Global Health Track

Interdepartmental teaching program