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Joseph Tucker, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, UNC School of Medicine
Director, UNC Project-China


Crowdsourcing may be a powerful force to transform health services. Crowdsourcing has a group of non-experts and experts solve a problem, then shares the solution with the public. I am interested in using crowdsourcing to promote health and well-being, using the tools of medicine, public health, art, computer science, and social science. Much of my research has focused on China because of the pronounced resurgence of syphilis in addition to a strong capacity for coordinated public health responses.

My team’s ongoing research uses crowdsourcing to promote HIV testing and linkage to care in China (PI, NIAID 1R01AI114310), to engage local communities about HIV cure research in the US/China/South Africa (PI, NIAID 1R01A108366), and to create youth-friendly HIV self-testing services in Nigeria (Co-PI, NICHD UG3HD096929). Our team works in partnership with the WHO/TDR Social Innovation in Health Initiative as a China hub for social innovation. Our collaborative research brings together U.S. Fulbright and Rhodes trainees and Chinese trainees to work on joint community-based health research.


PhD,  London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2014
M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004
M.A., Harvard University, 2010

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