School of Public Health

Sherr, Kenneth

Kenneth Sherr

Professor, Global Health
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering


PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2009
MPH Health Services, University of Washington, 2000
BA Anthropology, Sociology, Kenyon College, 1995

Contact Info

Harris Hydraulics Laboratory 317
Box 357965
Seattle, WA
Tel: 206-543-8382

Kenneth Sherr is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, and Mozambique Program Director at Health Alliance International.

Dr. Sherr’s research focuses on developing and testing practical solutions to support data-driven decision making and service integration into the Primary Health Care framework to improve health system coverage and quality. Dr. Sherr developed the Systems Analysis and Improvement Approach (SAIA), which packages systems engineering tools to support front-line health workers to iteratively improve prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) services. Originally tested through a cluster randomized trial in Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya and Mozambique, SAIA is currently being scaled-up for PMTCT services in Mozambique, and adapted to address other chronic care needs in low and middle-income countries (including mental health services, integrated HIV testing into family planning clinics, and pediatric HIV testing and linked treatment).

Dr. Sherr leads an implementation research project supported through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s African Health Initiative that assesses the effectiveness of an enhanced audit and feedback intervention on implementation of national guidelines to address the main causes of neonatal mortality in Mozambique, and builds implementation research capacity for public sector officials.

Dr. Sherr has led the development of implementation science training curricula at the University of Washington Department of Global Health, including the development of the world’s first PhD program in implementation science. Dr. Sherr received his PhD in Epidemiology and MPH in International Health/Health Services from the University of Washington, and a BA in Anthropology/Sociology from Kenyon College.


In The News

Researchers Win $2.7 Million NIH Grant to Reduce Child Mortality in Mozambique
UW School of Public Health News, 08/07/2018

Close Up July 2016: Kenny Sherr
SPH News, 07/21/2016

UW Global Health Dept. Launches New PhD Program
The Daily, 11/02/2012