Lori DiPrete Brown

School of Human Ecology; 4W (Women & Wellbeing in Wisconsin & the World) Initiative


MSPH, Harvard School of Public Health
MTS, Harvard Divinity School

Lori DiPrete Brown focuses her scholarship on global health, particularly the health and well-being of women and children in highly vulnerable situations around the world. She teaches in the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies at the School of Human Ecology and is affiliated with the School of Medicine and Public Health.

She is the Director for Global Health and Human Ecology and distinguished teaching faculty in the School of Human Ecology. She served as a GHI Associate Director from 2011-2022, where she was an architect of UW-Madison’s global health education programs and has developed and facilitated internships and service-learning programs in local settings and around the world. DiPrete Brown is the lead author and editor of Foundations for Global Health Practice, a text that articulates a broad vision of global health that goes beyond health care systems, to include topics such as human rights, global mental health, water and sanitation, food systems, climate change and urban health. She is also the founding Director of the campus-wide 4W Women and Well-being Initiative, which has catalyzed a range of innovative programs that address gender-based inequality and injustice.

Before joining UW-Madison, DiPrete Brown collaborated with a range of international organizations to develop quality improvement strategies for health and development programs. She continues this work at UW through the QI Leadership Institute, which has trained over 100 leaders from 17 countries. She has collaborated on QI research, capacity building, policy development and evaluation in Chile, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Cameroon, India, Nepal, and Malawi.

DiPrete Brown holds degrees from Yale College, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Harvard Divinity School. Her teaching and service inform writing and speaking about global health, gender equity, civil society, and social change. Her novel entitled Caminata: A Journey, is based on her Peace Corps Service in Honduras, where she lived and worked in an orphanage, providing guidance and social services for teenage girls.

DiPrete Brown is also an affiliate of the UW-Madison African Studies Program and the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program. She serves on the advisory boards of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, the UniverCity Alliance and the Latino Earth Partnership. Listen to Lori DiPrete Brown’s TEDx Talk “Small Changes are Big” here. Read her blog “Global Health Reflections” here.


In the news:

  • DiPrete Brown honored for advancing status of women
  • DiPrete Brown among Brava’s 30 women to watch
  • DiPrete Brown reflects on global health at TedxUWMadison talk “Start Small, Change the World”
  • DiPrete Brown revisits personal journey through novel
  • DiPrete Brown suggests new ways to improve global collaboration and interdisciplinary teamwork
  • GHI leaders help introduce women/wellness initiative to philanthropists
  • QI Institute brings together world health leaders to work on everyday challenges
  • UNESCO chair provides international state for global work on gender, well-being and peace
  • Small changes strengthen global health: With new grant, GHI expands African partnerships
  • Third annual Quality Improvement Institute brought international group of fellows, project directors to Madison to foster leadership for change

Please consult the UW Time Table or the Department of Population Health Sciences for more information about the following courses:

CSCS 500 Global Health and Communities: From Research to Praxis

CSCS 775 Building Civil Society

PHS 503 Public Health and Human Rights: The Case of Vulnerable Children

PHS 504 Quality Evaluation and Improvement in Low-Resource Settings