Judith Namanya

Judith  Namanya
  • Ph.D.
  • Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
  • Geography Building
  • 673 Auditorium Road, Room 116
  • East Lansing, MI 48824


Health/Medical geography, HIV/AIDS, water, gender issues, health disparities, human-environmental interactions, sub-Saharan Africa, qualitative research, poverty, food insecurity, sustainable development


I am a Ph.D. student doing Health and Medical Geography in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences. I have a master’s degree in Public Health-Health Promotion from Leeds Metropolitan University. I am also an Environmental Science and Policy Program fellow. I have immense experience in infectious disease research especially HIV/AIDS and most of my research is in poor rural communities of Uganda. My research interests are in HIV/AIDS, health disparities, gender issues, infectious diseases, human-environment interactions, food insecurity, and water issues especially water access in sub-Saharan Africa. My dissertation project seeks to understand the contextual and broader structural factors that facilitate risky sexual behaviors for elevated HIV infections among young women in rural southwestern Uganda. My research findings are crucial in the formulation of context-based evidence-informed policies and interventions to reduce HIV/AIDS-related infections and deaths.