Robert Quick

Clinical Assistant Professor, Epidemiology



MD Medicine, University of California (San Francisco), 1983
MPH Epidemiology, University of California (Berkeley), 1981
MS Health Sciences, University of California (Berkeley), 1981



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch
1600 Clifton Road
Mailstop: C09
Atlanta, GA 30307


Robert Quick, MD, MPH is a medical epidemiologist in the Waterborne Diseases Prevention Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He received his medical training at the University of California, San Francisco, obtained an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley, completed residencies in family practice and preventive medicine, and worked as medical director and clinician at the Indian Health Service hospital in Bethel, Alaska. For the past 25 years, he has worked at CDC, conducting research on the etiology, control, and prevention of enteric diseases in the developing world. His work on cholera in Latin America and Africa revealed the seriousness and extent of the problem of lack of access to safe water and sanitation in the developing world and inspired a research focus on waterborne diseases and their prevention. With colleagues at CDC and the Pan American Health Organization, he developed the Safe Water System, a simple, inexpensive household based water quality intervention, and has conducted field trials in Latin America, Africa, and Asia to establish the evidence base regarding its use and dissemination (www.cdc.gov/safewater). More recently, he has conducted field trials of other water treatment technologies, and has designed, implemented, and evaluated projects that integrate water treatment technologies, handwashing, and other public health interventions (including micronutrient Sprinkles, improved cookstoves, HIV counseling and testing, rapid syphilis screening, and nurse training) with maternal and child health services, school programs, and HIV care and support services. To carry out this work in the developing world, he has collaborated with numerous partners from the public and private sectors, Rotary Club, NGOs, UN agencies, and academic institutions.

Research Interests

Dr. Quick is a Medical Epidemiologist at the Foodborne and Diarrheal Branch, Centers for Disease Control. His research is on technologies for preventing diarrhea in the developing world. In the near future he will be doing research in Kenya and Mali.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

An Assessment of Household Knowledge and Practices during a Cholera Epidemic- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2016.
(2022 Oct 12)
Am J Trop Med Hyg 107(4): 766-772
Chae SR, Lukupulo H, Kim S, Walker T, Hardy C, Abade A, Urio LJ, Mghamba J, Quick R

Impact Of Supply- and Demand-Side Interventions Integrated with Antenatal Care on Use of Maternal Health Services-Western Kenya, 2013‒2014.
J Health Care Poor Underserved 32(1): 338-353
Harvey RR, Luoto J, Blackstock A, Odhiambo A, Oremo J, Nygren B, Fitzpatrick M, Quick R

A Cluster Randomized Trial of the Impact of Education through Listening (a Novel Behavior Change Technique) on Household Water Treatment with Chlorine in Vihiga District, Kenya, 2010-2011.
(2021 Jan)
Am J Trop Med Hyg 104(1): 382-390
Stauber CE, Person B, Otieno R, Oremo J, Schilling K, Hayat MJ, Ayers T, Quick R

The impact of supply-side and demand-side interventions on use of antenatal and maternal services in western Kenya: a qualitative study.
(2020 Aug 8)
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 20(1): 453
Hirai M, Morris J, Luoto J, Ouda R, Atieno N, Quick R

Use, Acceptability, Performance, and Health Impact of Hollow Fiber Ultrafilters for Water Treatment in Rural Kenyan Households, 2009-2011.
(2020 Jul)
Am J Trop Med Hyg 103(1): 465-471
Fagerli K, Gieraltowski L, Nygren B, Foote E, Gaines J, Oremo J, Odhiambo A, Kim S, Quick R

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