Jamie  Bartram Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Jamie Bartram

Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor
Gillings School of Global Public Health

Dr. Bartram is an expert in the fields of health, water supply, sanitation and hygiene, with over twenty years of international experience in policy, public health, and disease prevention. He has worked in more than 60 countries and in diverse areas of public health and disease prevention, especially in relation to environment, health, water supply and sanitation. Dr. Bartram is author of more than 80 academic papers; author or editor of 49 books and author of more than 50 book chapters.


Before coming to UNC, Dr. Bartram spent almost a decade at the World Health Organization’s Headquarters in Geneva, where he served as Coordinator of the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Unit. Under his leadership, the unit reformed monitoring and standard-setting and received international recognition for its use of evidence based policy and good practice.
Dr. Bartram also served as the first chair of UN-Water, the mechanism responsible to ensure coherence and coordination throughout the UN system’s actions related to water, where he oversaw the establishment of Terms of Reference and inter-agency workplan development. Dr. Bartram’s previous posts have also included: Coordinator for the Programme on Assessing and Managing Environmental Risks to Health at WHO/HQ; Manager, Water and Wastes at the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health in Rome where he worked on management of international waters; Head of the Environmental Health Division of the Robens Institute of the University of Surrey in the UK; and Public Health Scientist in Peru.

Dr Bartram was awarded the International Water Association’s (IWA) “Grand Award” in 2004 and holds Honorary Professorships at the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, University of Bristol and University of Surrey, UK.  

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Dr. Bartram's interests focus on the connections between water (including sanitation and hygiene) and health – especially the links between science, policy and practice, in both developing and developed countries. They include technologies for urban sanitation renewal; management systems for drinking-water safety and rural drinking-water supply; emerging issues (including water scarcity and climate change) and their impacts on system sustainability; health system activities on water and sanitation; and sector capacity issues such as monitoring, the costs and impacts of interventions and effective regulation and financing.

Personal Interests

    Environment (water)
    Global health
    Health administration
    Health behavior
    Health economics
    Health policy
    Infectious diseases
    Public health leadership
    Rural health



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Focusing on improved water and sanitation for health.

Published: Jan 06, 2016 by Lancet
Authors: Jamie Bartram, Kristen Lewis, Roberto Lenton, Albert Wright

Improving access to clean water and sanitation infrastructure can greatly improve health outcomes, especially among children.

 PLoS Med

Hygiene, sanitation and water: forgotten foundations of health

Published: Nov 09, 2010 by PLoS Med
Authors: Bartram J and Cairncross S

This is the introductory article in a four-part PLoS Medicine series on water and sanitation.


Improving on haves and have-nots

Published: Mar 20, 2008 by Nature
Authors: Jamie Bartram

All-or-nothing targets for global access to basic amenities such as drinking water and sanitation are outdated. The time has come, says Jamie Bartram, for a more fluid approach.

Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Global Costs of Attaining the Millennium Development Goal for Water Supply and S

Published: Jan 01, 2008 by Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Authors: Guy Hutton, Jamie Bartram

Target 10 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to "halve by 2015 the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation". Because of its impacts on a range of diseases, it is a health-related MDG target. This study presents cost estimates of attaining MDG target 10.

Environmental Health Perspectives

Estimating the Burden of Disease from Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at a Global

Published: Apr 04, 2002 by Environmental Health Perspectives
Authors: Pruess A, Kay D Fewtrell L, and Bartram J

The authors estimate the disease burden of inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene at a global level utilizing disability-adjusted life years (DALYs).