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Rachel Sturke, PhD, MPH, MIA, Acting Deputy Director, Fogarty International Center

Dr. Rachel Sturke joined the Fogarty International Center in 2006 and currently serves as the Acting Deputy Director for the Center in addition to her roles as Deputy Director and Senior Scientist in the Division of International Science Policy, Planning, and Evaluation and the Center for Global Health Studies.  

Dr. Sturke is an expert in implementation science and oversees a portfolio of global projects that include a focus on building research capacity in this discipline in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and using innovative platforms to bring practitioners together with decision-makers and program implementers from LMICs. She has engaged in this work in LMICs across the world and has extensive experience in India, Ecuador, Peru, and sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to her leadership role in implementation science, she led the evaluation portfolio for Fogarty, which she continues to oversee today.

Dr. Sturke has served as faculty on numerous implementation science training courses including at the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases Implementation Science School. She is an advocate for global health and research and capacity building in implementation science and is an active member of the NIH Dissemination and Implementation Science Working Group, leads a trans-NIH working group focusing on building capacity globally in this field, and has co-chaired the global track for the NIH-sponsored Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation Science.  

Dr. Sturke obtained her Ph.D. in population, reproductive, and women's health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on gender, violence, and HIV in South India.  She received both a master's in public health and a master's in international affairs from Columbia University.


  • B.A., Skidmore College
  • MPH and MIA, Columbia University
  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Updated June 7, 2023