James M. Tielsch is Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Professor Tielsch has been engaged in epidemiologic research and service in a number of areas both domestically and internationally including the epidemiology and control of blinding ocular disease, the impact of a variety of exposures and interventions on the health and survival of women and children in low-income countries including malnutrition and nutritional supplementation, infectious disease control, and improvements in household air pollution and sanitation. Dr. Tielsch has been the recipient of numerous national awards, served on a number of advisory committees for the US government and international agencies, and on the boards of non-profit organizations involved in public health. He has published extensively in the scientific literature and maintains an active international research program.
Dr. Tielsch received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in 1973 and his Masters and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 1979 and 1982 respectively. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in South Korea from 1973-1975.