Associate Professor Brian Houle

PhD (Sociology), University of Washington; MPH (Public Health), Boston University School of Public Health
School of Demography
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Mortality 160304
  • Epidemiology 111706
  • Demography 1603
  • Applied Statistics 010401

Research interests

My main focus is in population health and disparities. I mainly research demographic-health outcomes in Africa, including:

  • Maternal and child health
  • Mortality patterns and inequalities
  • Population health transitions and ageing

Other research interests include: 

  • Social determinants of health: obesity and smoking
  • Methods: informed sampling and sample selection


Brian Houle from the University of Washington researches demographic-health outcomes in Africa and obesity in the U.S. He has examined the relationship between the timing of maternal and child death, the effects of household members and characteristics on child and adult mortality, and overall epidemiological patterns of mortality risk among adults. Further work analyzed multiple demographic surveillance sites to compare and contrast the epidemiological transitions occurring at each site. Work on disease prevalence assessed sample selection bias in HIV prevalence estimates from Demographic and Health Surveys. His research in the U.S. focuses on the social determinants and inequalities of obesity.



Researcher's projects

HIV after 40 in rural South Africa: Aging in the context of an HIV/AIDS epidemic. NIH R01.

- This project seeks to examine life course variation in HIV vulnerability.

- Project website:

Current student projects

Shao Tzu-Yu: Inter- and intragenerational transmission of social behaviours, economic resources, and health in low and middle-income countries

Audrey Kalindi: Maternal and child health care in Zambia: Analysis of the population level burden, trends and determinants


Projects and Grants

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