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Ana B. Amaya

Assistant Professor

College of Health Professions

Health Sciences

  • @New York City


Dr. Ana B. Amaya is Assistant Professor at Pace University, Associate Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), and Module Organizer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She was also recently elected to the Executive Board of Health Systems Global, a global membership organization of researchers, decision-makers and implementers dedicated to promoting health policy and systems research (HPSR) and knowledge generation. A specialist on global health policy and multi-level governance for health, her research has entailed understanding the impact of new global health institutions and issues on the health systems of low- and middle- income countries. Most recently, this has involved examining regional organizations in the Global South and health disparities related to COVID-19. Other areas of expertise include: the politics of global health; health diplomacy; and the sustainability of development aid for health.

Dr. Amaya has worked for several international organizations and universities, among these the UNU-CRIS; Overseas Development Institute (ODI); UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER); Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); LSHTM; and the University of South Florida. In addition, she conducted research for the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization and Committee for Development Policy (CDP-DESA) at the United Nations Headquarters.

Dr. Amaya completed a Doctor of Public Health in Public Health Policy degree from LSHTM. She also holds Master in Public Health in Global Communicable Diseases and a Certificate in Epidemiology from University of South Florida, as well as a Bachelor in Science summa cum laude in Integrative Biology from the University of Florida.


BS, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Integrative Biology

DrPH, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Public Health Policy

MPH, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA
Global Communicable Diseases

Awards and Honors

College of Health Professions, Pace University, June 2021 - Dean's Award for Outstanding Research/Scholarship
Provost Office, Pace University, January 2021 - COVID-19 Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Award
Pace University, December 10, 2019 - Kenan Faculty Development Award
College of Health Professions, Pace University, November 2019 - Travel award
International Studies Association, October 15, 2019 - Travel Award
College of Health Professions, Pace University, April 2019 - Travel award
Pace University, April 22, 2019 - Kenan Faculty Development Award
College of Health Professions, Pace University, February 22, 2019 - Travel award
World Health Organization, November 11, 2018 - Conference scholarship
College of Health Professions, Pace University, May 22, 2018 - Travel award
Pace University, April 26, 2018 - Dean's Research Release Time
Pace University, April 4, 2018 - Scholarly Research Award
International AIDS Society, July 2013 - International AIDS Society, International Merit-based Scholarship
Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, January 2010 - Inducted
University of South Florida, 2007 - Latin American and Caribbean Merit-based Scholarship
University of Florida, 2006 - Dean's list
University of Florida, 2006 - President's Honour Roll
University of Florida, 2006 - Summa cum laude
Golden Key International Honor Society, 2005 - Inducted
Tau Sigma National Honour Society, 2005 - Inducted
The National Dean's List, 2005


Regional cooperation is essential to combatting health emergencies in the Global South
Amaya, A. & De Lombaerde, P. Globalization and Health. Vol 17 (Issue 9) http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12992-021-00659-7

The Spread of COVID-19 among Blacks: How does it impact Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)?
Gregory, K., Henley, T. J. & Amaya, A. (2021). Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing. Vol 15 (Issue 2)

Multi-level health governance and health diplomacy: Regional dimensions
Amaya, A. & De Lombaerde, P. (2020). Regions & Cohesion.

The role of regional health diplomacy on data sharing: The SADC and UNASUR cases
Amaya, A., Kingah, S. & De Lombaerde, P. (2019). Regions & Cohesion.

Making social policy internationally: a participatory research perspective
Amaya, A. B. & Yeates, N. (2019). Peter Beresford and Sarah Carr (Eds.), Policy Press. , pages 320.

Drivers of health system strengthening: learning from implementation of maternal and child health programmes in Mozambique, Nepal and Rwanda
Samuels, F., Amaya, A. B. & Balabanova, D. (2018). Health Policy and Planning. Vol 23 (Issue 7) , pages 1015-1031.


Amaya, A. B. (2020, October 26). American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. The role of health diplomacy in supporting the promotion of health as a human right.. American Public Health Association , Online .

Amaya, A. B. (2020, June 23). Importancia de la gestión publica en el área de salud. Equipo Impulsor de la Reforma a la Funcion Publica Webinar , Online.

Amaya, A. B. (2020, March 28). International Studies Association Annual Convention. The politics of the health policy process: From global to local. Honolulu, USA.

Amaya, A. B. (2020, March 26). International Studies Association Annual Convention. Health policy-making on Universal Health Coverage: the positions of actors in the Global South. International Studies Association, Honolulu, USA.

Amaya, A. B. (2020, March 26). International Studies Association Annual Convention. States and Diplomacy in Global Health. Honolulu, USA .

Amaya, A. B. (2019, November 4). American Public Health Association. Sustaining the rights-based approach in times of change: The UNASUR case. Philadelphia, USA.

Amaya, A. B. (2019, June 27). International Health Conference. Regional health policy in turmoil: The South American Case. Oxford University .

Amaya, A. (2019, April 15). Biology Department Seminar Series. Health Policy and Global Health Governance: The effect of new actors on health systems. Pace University, New York, NY.

Amaya, A. B. (2018, October 9). Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. Working with the neighbors: The role of SADC and UNASUR in regional health policy. Health Systems Global, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Amaya, A. B. (2017, February 22). International Studies Association Annual Convention. Levels of interaction of regional health policy-making: SADC and UNASUR explored. Baltimore, USA.

Amaya, A. B. (2017, February 22). International Studies Association Annual Convention. The ties that bind: Strengthening Science Diplomacy by understanding Health Diplomacy. Baltimore, USA.

Amaya, A. B. (2016, November 15). Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. Monitoring the implementation of prioritised areas of regional health policy and agreements. Vancouver, Canada.

Amaya, A. B. (2016, November 14). Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. Learning from the offspring: Towards a typology of health diplomacy and science diplomacy. Vancouver, Canada.


Dr. Amaya's main research interests relate to global health governance and diplomacy, regional health policies, global health partnerships, sustainability of aid, and health system strengthening, primarily concerning low and middle income countries.


Global News Radio 770 CHQR [Radio], March152021
Live interview about the World Health Organization in a post-COVID19 scenario for Global News Radio 770 CHQR.

The Conversation Weekly Podcast [Internet], March112021
Interviewed about the future of the World Health Organization for The Conversation Weekly Podcast. Available at: https://theconversation.com/covid-19-where-does-the-world-health-organization-go-from-here-podcast-156907

Vox [Internet], August132020
Interviewed and quoted in Vox Media article "Is Russia first to a Covid-19 vaccine? Not so fast: Health experts say it's irresponsible". Available at: https://www.vox.com/2020/8/13/21363757/russia-covid-19-vaccine-putin-coronavirus

Devex [Internet], September252019
Work cited in Devex article, Edwards, S., “DFID puts £220M into fighting NTDs,” Available at: https://www.devex.com/news/dfid-puts-220m-into-fighting-ntds-95656

Botswana Guardian [Newspaper], October32014
Kingah, S. and Amaya, A.B. “SADC – EU EPA and pro-poor health policies in Southern Africa”. Botswana Guardian 3rd October 2014: 13-14. Print.


New York State Public Health Association

American Public Health Association

International Studies Association

Health Systems Global

Research Network for Health Systems and Infection[Vice-President]


  • Master of Public Health Special Task Force[Committee Chair]
  • Research Interest Group[Committee Member]
  • Markers of Excellence Review Committee - Teaching and Service[Committee Member]


  • Curriculum Committee[Committee Member]
  • Faculty Affairs [Committee Member]
  • Scholarly Research Committee[Committee Member]
  • Pace Faculty Council[Committee Member]


  • Think20 Official Engagement Group of the G20 [Task Force Member]
    Desc: Global Health and COVID-19 Task Force member.
  • Health Systems Global [Board Member]
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