Population Health Sciences Faculty

Alasdair Cohen, PhD, MPH, MSc

Alasdair Cohen
Assistant Professor
Environmental Epidemiology
Department of Population Health Sciences


  • 2016
    PhD, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
    University of California Berkeley, College of Natural Resources
    Berkeley, CA
  • 2016
    MPH, Epidemiology
    University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health
    Berkeley, CA
  • 2007
    MSc, Water Science, Policy, and Management
    University of Oxford
    Oxford, England

Research Interests

Dr. Cohen’s group and collaborators conduct water and health focused research internationally and domestically, with a regional focus on rural and peri-urban areas in China and the Appalachian region of the USA. Dr. Cohen’s overarching goal is to conduct policy-relevant research and use evidence-based results to advance programs and policies for improving safe water access and environmental health in low-income communities. Cohen also serves as Research Director for the Berkeley/China/Virginia Tech Program for Water and Health.


View publications on Alasdair Cohen's Google Scholar profile.

Professional Experience

Cohen has more than 10 years of international water and development experience and has worked for three United Nations (UN) agencies. Much of his previous work focused on developing and evaluating water-related and poverty-related indicators. From 2008-2014, he designed and managed a UN project to create the Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool, an open-source, survey-based monitoring and evaluation tool that has been used in multiple regions and countries around the world.