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Tufts University
Dept. of Community Health
574 Boston Avenue
Suite 208
Medford, MA 02155

Tel: 617-627-4812
Fax: 617-627-3072

Office Hours:
Mon 10:30am-12:00noon

Karen C. Kosinski, MSPH, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Community Health


Karen Claire Kosinski received her Ph.D. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from Tufts University, her MSPH from Tulane University, and her B.S. in biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. Kosinski has research interests in the following areas: global health; infectious diseases; urogenital schistosomiasis; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure; primary prevention of disease; engineering interventions; field epidemiology, and risk mapping. Currently, she is working on the design, implementation, and evaluation of primary prevention techniques for addressing urogenital schistosomiasis and on risk mapping to understand the distribution of UGS in rural Ghana. Primary prevention techniques may include WASH infrastructure and policies such as mass drug administration (MDA) to prevent morbidity and mortality from parasitic helminths, also known as 'worms'. She is also actively investigating the spatial distribution of schistosomiasis, particularly with respect to the heterogeneity of infection and disease within and among communities. Dr. Kosinski and her colleagues have collaborated with stakeholders in over 75 Ghanaian communities and have generally focused on the prevention of urogenital schistosomiasis and knowledge, attitudes, and practices with respect to water resources and water infrastructure. She collaborates with investigators at Tufts in the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, and the Sackler School; in Ghana, she collaborates with researchers at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and with Ghana Health Services.

Dr. Kosinski teaches the following four courses each year for the Department of Community Health in Medford:

  • Introduction to Global Health
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Global Health
  • Public Health Approaches to Tropical Infectious Disease Control
  • Introduction to Statistics for Health Applications

She received the 2018 Lerman Neubauer Prize for Outstanding Teaching and Advising. She was also awarded a 2014 Zucker Center Research Award and a 2014 Charlton Grant and is part of the teams that competed successfully for an R-34 grant through the National Institutes of Health and a TII grant through the Tufts Institute for Innovation.