Faculty Expert Profile

Chris Beyrer

  • Desmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights


  • Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Hopkins Center for AIDS Research
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health

Chris Beyrer is the inaugural Desmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a professor in the departments of Epidemiology, International Health, Health, Behavior and Society, and at the schools of Nursing and Medicine at Johns Hopkins. He serves as director of the Johns Hopkins University Training Program in HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Science and as founding director of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights. He is the associate director of the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and of the University’s Center for Global Health. Beyrer has extensive experience in conducting international collaborative research and training in the U.S., Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Americas.

Beyrer has spent much of his career focusing on the interface of health and human rights. He was president of the International AIDS Society from 2014-16, and was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine in 2014. He currently serves on the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academies and on the Academies’ Board on Global Health.

In 2020-21 Beyrer has focused on COVID-19 among incarcerated populations, COVID-19 health disparities, and COVID-19 vaccines. He is senior scientific liaison for the COVID-19 Vaccine Prevention Network, working on community engagement and inclusion of underserved populations in the COVID vaccine trials and in vaccine allocation and access.

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