Dr. Kimberly Brouwer is a professor and infectious disease epidemiologist with expertise in applying both qualitative and quantitative methods to developing new approaches to public health challenges. A recurrent theme of her research has been to explore the effect of mobility and marginalization on transmission and diffusion of infectious diseases. She further explores the effect of environmental, structural, spatial, and social factors on access to preventive and medical services. Dr. Brouwer is currently collaborating with care providers and community stakeholders to inform integration of smoking cessation into HIV care. Her research interests also encompass the epidemiology of vector-borne and tropical infectious diseases, including helping to conduct a Chagas disease prevalence study in San Diego County.
Dr. Brouwer serves as the Vice Chair for Public Health Education and Interim Global Health Division Chief for the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health. She also co-directs the Global Health track of the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health. She teaches a core course for the UCSD Bachelor of Science in Public Health (Epidemiology 101) and Infectious Diseases & Emerging Trends (FMPH 418) in the Masters of Public Health program. Further, she facilitates networking and training opportunities for researchers at all levels – but with a focus on young investigators - as part of the UCSD Center for AIDS Research.
Dr. Brouwer originally earned her Ph.D. in molecular epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to investigate factors relating to disease severity of schistosomiasis in Zimbabwe. Prior to her appointment at UC San Diego, she worked as an Emerging Infectious Diseases fellow and researcher in the Division of Parasitic Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, investigating HIV/malaria interactions in western Kenya. After coming to UCSD, Dr. Brouwer received a K01 career award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse through which she acquired additional skills in social and spatial epidemiology.