Gemechu Gerbi, Ph.D., MSc

Gemechu Gerbi, Ph.D., MSc 

Associate Professor

Community Health & Preventive Medicine

Core Lead for both Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Director of Public Health Research in the Master of Public Health Program

Location: NCPC, Room 222
Phone: 404-756-8975


Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Division of Viral Hepatitis, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia

Tuskegee University
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Integrative Biosciences/Epidemiology

Tuskegee University
Degree: Master of Science in Veterinary Science/ Epidemiology

Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Administration

Research Interests

Epidemiologic and social determinants of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes.


  • Alexander T, Miles-Richardson S, Gerbi GB (2020). The Effects of Tuberculosis and Syphilis Co-Infection on HIV Viral Load and CD4 Cell Count among People Living With HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. J Infect Non-Infect Dis 5: 029.
  • McKinney LP, Gerbi GB, Caplan LS, Claridy MD, Rivers BM (2020). Predictors of genetic beliefs toward cancer risk perceptions among adults in the United States: Implications for prevention or early detection. J Genet Couns.  2020; 00:1–11
  • Gemechu B. Gerbi and Stephanie Miles-Richardson (2019). Predictors of not always Using Seatbelts among Adults in the United States: Findings from the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. ARC Journal of Public Health and Community Medicine. 2019; 4(1): 29-36.
  • Gemechu B. Gerbi, Roxanne Williams, Barnabas Bakamutumaho, Stephen Liu, Robert Downing, Jan Drobeniuc, Saleem Kamili, Fujie Xu, Scott D Holmberg, Eyasu H Teshale (2015). Hepatitis E as a Cause of Acute Jaundice Syndrome in Northern Uganda, 2010-2012.” Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 92(2), pp. 411–414.
  • Gemechu B. Gerbi, Loralee B. Rupp, Stephen C. Ko, Anne Moorman, Scott D. Holmberg, and Fujie Xu (2014). Reported reasons for testing among hepatitis B virus infected patients, — Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study (CHeCS), United States, 2006–2010.  Liver Int 13;34(6):e162-3.

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Mentor (2020 MSM Faculty Gala)
  • Distinguished Teaching (2020 MSM Faculty Gala)
  • Outstanding Mentor of the Year (2019 MSM Faculty Gala)
  • Best Embodies MSM Mission (2018 MSM Faculty Gala)
  • Best Research Professor (2017 MSM Faculty Gala)
  • The Reach Award (2015 MSM Faculty Gala)
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Committee for The Nation’s Health-the official newspaper of the American Public Health Association (2015-2017).
  • Member, Georgia Prevention and Care Council (2015 - Present).