Douglas J. Wiebe, PhD


  •  Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology | University of Pennsylvania
  •  Botswana | Kenya | Poland | Tanzania, United Republic of | Zambia
  •   Emergency Medicine | Epidemiology | Healthcare Access | Injury Prevention | Trauma

Languages: English (native)

BIO Statement

Douglas Wiebe, PhD, is a Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Perlman School of Medicine. Dr. Wiebe leads studies of how places, policies and the locations where people spend time have implications for injury risks and health. He teaches courses on epidemiologic methods and on the study of geography and health. He also directs a training program funded by the Fogarty International Center at the NIH. This program acts as a catalytic agent to establish an extended research group in Botswana to address some of its pressing injury, violence, and trauma care problems.

Recent Global health Projects

Dr. Wiebe initiated a training program to create a cadre of Batswana physicians, nurses and other health professionals to become investigators in the science of injury and trauma treatment and prevention. Mentored by health and research professionals in Botswana and at Penn, the intent is that graduates may be hired to take positions in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Botswana or the Ministry of Health of the Government of Botswana.

Recent research includes a study of how health literacy is measured and how it relates to health in adults in 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Selected Publications

Schrauben SJ, Wiebe DJ. Health literacy assessment in developing countries: a case study in Zambia. Health Promot Int. 2017 Jun 1;32(3):475-481. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dav108. PubMed PMID: 26660155.

Wiebe DJ, Ray S, Maswabi T, Kgathi C, Branas CC. Economic development and road traffic fatalities in two neighbouring African nations. Afr J Emerg Med. 2016 Jun;6(2):80-86. doi: 10.1016/j.afjem.2016.03.003. Epub 2016 May 31. PubMed PMID: 30456071