Marie Donahue Associate Teaching Professor

Global Health Practice
Marie Donahue


For the last 15 years, she has been a global health practitioner in nine African countries and Haiti. This work has included partnering with the Haitian Ministry of Health as Director of the Notre Dame Haiti Program, focusing on lymphatic filariasis; developing programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and for pediatric HIV care at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and several other programs funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); health systems strengthening in Rwanda for the Clinton Health Access Initiative; and providing care as an Ebola Response clinician for Partners in Health in Sierra Leone.

Prior to her global health work, she cared for children and families as a nurse and pediatric nurse practitioner in a variety of settings and specialties including oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, pediatric surgery at the Children’s Hospital in Boston, pediatric primary care at South Boston Community Health Center, and pediatric HIV care at New York Presbyterian Medical Center and the Harlem Hospital Center. While at New York Presbyterian Medical Center, she also served as the Research Coordinator for the NIH-sponsored, Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Groups (PACTG), which pioneered evaluating treatments for children with HIV and developing therapies for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.



  • Master of Public Health, Harvard University School of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Pediatric Primary Care, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, The Catholic University of America


Academic Interests:

  • Global health equity
  • Biosocial determinants of health
  • Health systems strengthening
  • Child health, pediatric clinical practice
  • Infectious diseases (HIV, Ebola)
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases



  • Eck Institute of Global Health, Faculty Member
  • Pulte Institute for Global Development, Faculty Fellow