Julie Ritter, MPH
- Program Manager, Health Systems Unit
Committed to global equity in child health, Julie excitedly joined the St. Jude Department of Global Pediatric Medicine in 2016 to provide project coordination for the Asia Pacific Region. Julie now serves as program manager for the Health Systems Unit, including collaborations with the World Health Organization, while also continuing to provide support and project management for Asia Pacific Region.
Trained in statistics with particular expertise in international program evaluation, Julie is committed to applying evidence-based practices to drive sustainable improvements in health. She started her career as a research analyst for the Center on Gender Equity and Health at the University of California-San Diego. There she conducted statistical analyses and program evaluation for projects targeting gender issues and disparities in maternal and child health in Africa, Asia and Central America.
As an independent contractor, her favorite projects included providing statistical expertise in the evaluation of a program aiming to increase respectful maternity care in Kenya and collaborating to revise a current methodology to assess equity with a simpler more versatile wealth index tool. Most recently, prior to joining St. Jude, Julie coordinated data management and statistical projects for a local cohort study investigating the conditions that impact neurocognitive development and learning in early childhood.
Julie holds a Master of Public Health degree, specializing in biostatistics, from San Diego State University. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Public Health in Advanced Practice Leadership from the University of South Florida.