Lisa Folda, MHS

Assistant Director

3505 N. Charles Street, Room 204
8:30–5, preferably
Curriculum Vitae


Lisa Folda is the Assistant Director of the Public Health Studies Program. She also serves as a lecturer and academic adviser, and has directed the PHS summer study abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa three times. For this work, she was honored in 2013 with the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Social Concern Second Annual Crenson-Hertz Award. Established in honor of emeritus faculty members Neil Hertz and Matthew Crenson, this award honors a Homewood-affiliated faculty member whose dedication to community engagement, through either teaching, academic program development, and/or research has enriched student learning and established meaningful community partnerships.

Folda received her Masters of Health Sciences (MHS) in the Population, Family, and Reproductive Health Department of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2005, with a certificate in Health Communication.

Prior to her work on the Arts and Sciences campus, Ms. Folda’s experience in the field of public health emphasized the research, planning, and implementation of health communication programs. Her work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar was centered at the community level, where materials design and trainings for audiences vulnerable to food insecurity and high maternal and child morbidity and mortality were her primary initiatives. During her time with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs, Ms. Folda administered projects internationally and was an active contributor to successful proposal teams, winning grants from USAID, DFID, and private foundations. Her health expertise incorporates HIV and AIDS, including care and support to people living with HIV, prevention, and treatment; malaria; family planning, post-abortion care, and other reproductive health issues; and maternal and child health including nutrition, hygiene, polio and immunization, and safe water. She has worked in seven countries across Africa and the Caribbean, and traveled extensively on five continents. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and daughter.

Intersession: Animating Behavior Change

Fall: Understanding Behavior Change: Theory and Application

Fall: Public Health in Film and Media

Summer: Public Health in South Africa: Community-Based Learning

Folda, L. “Applying their Public Health Learning: JHU Students in South Africa.” Presented October 27th, 2012, at the Association of Schools of Public Health Annual Meeting, hosted in San Francisco, CA.

Folda, L., Lewy, D., and Rice, E. “Undergraduate Community-Based Learning Abroad: Maximizing Impact.” Presented September 25th, 2012 at the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement Conference, Connected Knowing, hosted in Baltimore, MD.

Folda, L. “Advice on the Job Market and Life after Graduation.” February 22, 2012, JHSPH Population, Family & Reproductive Health Alumni Career Panel, Baltimore, MD.

Folda, L., and Smart, M. “Applied Experience in Public Health from Baltimore, Maryland to Cape Town, South Africa”. Presented at the October 7th, 2011, Faculty Development Conference entitled Experiential Learning: Beyond the Walls of the Classroom, hosted at Stevenson University, Owings Mills, MD.

Babalola, S., Folda, L., Babayaro, H. (2008). The effects of a communication program on contraceptive ideation and use among young women in northern Nigeria: a multivariate probit analysis. Studies in Family Planning, 39:3, 211-220.

Rimal, R. N., Brown, J., Mkandawire, G., Folda, L., & Creel, A. H. (2009). Audience segmentation as a social marketing tool in health promotion: Use of the risk perception attitude (RPA) framework in HIV prevention in Malawi. American Journal of Public Health, 99, 2224-2229.

Rimal, R. N., Böse, K., Brown, J., Mkandawire, G., & Folda, L. (2009). Extending the purview of the risk perception attitude (RPA) framework: Findings from HIV/AIDS prevention research in Malawi. Health Communication, 24, 210-218.

Rimal, R., & Creel, A. H., Bose, K., Mkandawire, G., & Folda, L. (2008). Applying social marketing principles to understand the effects of the Radio Diaries program in reducing HIV/AIDS stigma in Malawi. Health Marketing Quarterly, 25, 119-146.