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Assistant Professor of Medicine Associate Director of International Operations, UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases Director of Implementation Science, Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)

Areas of Interest

My academic interests broadly relate to promoting global health equity by studying ways to improve implementation of HIV, tuberculosis, and COVID-19 clinical and public health programs and strategies to increase access to prevention, treatment, and care for marginalized populations disproportionately affected by these epidemics in the US and globally.


I apply the lens of implementation science to improve access to quality healthcare for populations who have been disproportionately burdened by HIV, tuberculosis, and COVID-19. In my research and programmatic work, I use implementation and operations research methods to elucidate the effects of evidence-based practices and implementation strategies under “real-world” conditions, and identify areas for improvement and innovation. Most of my work has been focused on underserved and historically marginalized populations, including incarcerated and justice-involved people, in Malawi and Zambia where I have lived and worked for over a decade.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate University of Virginia
  • Medical School Yale School of Medicine
  • Residency Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Fellowship University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MPH Harvard School of Public Health
  • MSc (Clinical Research) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Michael E. Herce, MD, MPH, MSCR