Josh Colston

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Josh Colston is a demographer, geospatial epidemiologist and a PhD student on the Global Disease Epidemiology and Control program at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. After completing a masters’ degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Josh spent five years working as a population health analyst for international development agencies in Washington DC, work which led him to travel extensively in Latin America. His research interests include infectious diseases of poverty and their social and economic determinants. He aims to use his analytical skills and conceptual knowledge to identify and quantify populations at risk, estimate resource requirements for intervention and model the impact of disease control programs under different intervention scenarios. In his spare time he enjoys playing the guitar, going on road trips and eating spicy seafood.


Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

PhD in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control

August 2014 – Present

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Master of Science in Demography and Health

September 2007 – September 2008

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Professional Experience:

The Demographic and Health Surveys Program, ICF International

Associate Health GIS Analyst

February 2013 – August 2014

The Flagstone –

Freelance travel writer and blogger

September 2012 – January 2013

Inter-American Development Bank, Social Protection and Health Division

Research Fellow in Epidemiology for two major regional public health initiatives:

  • Neglected Tropical Diseases Initiative for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC): Technical advisor
  • The Salud Mesoamérica 2015 Initiative: Member of Coordination Unit

April 2009 – August 2012

Options UK Public Health Consultancy Firm

Research Intern

July 2007 – August 2007

Other Training:

Inter-American Development Bank, Salud Mesoamérica 2015

Three day workshop on Results-Based Financing

April 2011

Pan American Health Organization

Short course on Mapping and Modelling for Neglected Diseases in Latin America

December 2010

IDB Knowledge and Learning Sector

Training courses in impact evaluation, household surveys and cost-effectiveness analysis

October 2009

Computer skills:

STATA, ArcGIS 10, QGIS, EndNote, SAS, CSPro, Microsoft Office 2013

Language skills:

  • English – Native
  • Spanish – Advanced
  • Chinese, Portuguese, French & German – Fair
  • Tagalog – Beginner

International experience:

Belize, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname


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