Jlateh Vincent Jappah is a PhD Candidate in Health Policy (Health Economics) at Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His research interests intersect between methods that enhance access to the social determinants of health and the provision of appropriate and timely healthcare services, with the aim of reducing avoidable morbidity and mortality and improving overall health and well-being, especially for underserved and vulnerable populations.

Jlateh contends that although health insurance and access to healthcare services are important elements in the health production function, other structural and socio-economic factors collude to either foster or erode health. As such, he has a keen interest in public policy, economics, medicine, global public health, maternal and child health, and a curiosity to understand those socio-political and institutional forces that shape health and well-being. He is also interested in machine learning and artificial intelligence in healthcare.

In addition to the United States, Jlateh has lived and worked in several countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe.
He is bi-lingual (English and Russian).

Honors & Awards

  • Stanford King Center on Global Development’s Graduate Student Research Funding, Stanford University
  • Winner, Stanford Health Policy World Cup Bracket Challenge, Stanford University
  • NRSA/AHRQ-T32 Fellowship (full funding), US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Research, Action, and Impact through Strategic Engagement (RAISE) Doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University
  • Semi-Finalist, Health Policy Research Scholars program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • ADVANCE Summer Institute Fellowship, Stanford University
  • Center for Public Health Initiatives Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
  • Weill Cornell Graduate School Scholarship Award (partial funding), Cornell University
  • Global Health Leadership Scholarship Award (partial funding), New York University
  • Finalist, The Einstein Fellowship, Einstein Forum and Daimler and Benz Foundation
  • Russian Federation Scholarship Award (full funding for medical school), Ministry of Science and Higher Education
  • Practical Training: Medical Practice Excellence Award, Peoples's Friendship University of Russia
  • Student Stipend Award, Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy (MPC)
  • Refugee Scholarship Assistance Award, Assistance For All (AFAL) (Buduburam Refugee Camp, Ghana)

Education & Certifications

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University, Health Policy (Health Economics)
  • M.D., People's Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University) (Moscow), Medicine
  • M.P.H., New York University, Public Health
  • M.A., Stanford University, Economics
  • M.Sc., University College London, Global Health and Development
  • M.S., Cornell University, Health Policy and Economics

All Publications

  • The political economy of child servitude in Liberia, West Africa Medicine, Conflict and Survival Jappah, J. V., Smith, D. T. 2022; 38 (4): 307-331
  • Teacher training as a key component of educational investment and human development in post-conflict Liberia Africa Today Jappah, J. V., Smith, D. T. 2022; 68 (3): 45-63
  • Global governmentality: Biosecurity in the era of infectious diseases Global Public Health Jappah, J. V., Smith, D. T. 2015; 10 (10): 1139-1156
  • The convergence of American and Nigerian religious conservatism in a biopolitical shaping of Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS prevention programmes Global Public Health Jappah, J. V. 2013; 8 (3): 312-325
  • Transitional justice: Prioritizing truth commissions or international tribunals to ensure healing and reconciliation Journal of International and Global Studies Jappah, J. V., Smith, D. T. 2013; 5 (1): 1-15
  • State sponsored famine: Conceptualizing politically induced famine as a crime against humanity Journal of International and Global Studies Jappah, J. V., Smith, D. T. 2012; 4 (1): 17-31