GLOBAL HEALTH & SOCIAL MEDICINE
Dr. Heggenhougen's research interests include health and development; social change and health; the alternative therapies for drug addiction; adolescent health and sexuality, including the health and welfare of orphans (affected by AIDS); the New Public Health, and the interaction of health, human rights, inequity and poverty.
Harald Kristian (Kris) Heggenhougen received his BA in English and American Literature from Bowdoin College, Maine, USA, an MA in Sociology and his PhD in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research, New York City. He was a professor (now retired), Department of International Health, Boston University School of Public Health, (and Department of Anthropology at BU), Boston USA (1999–2008). He was also an adjunct professor at the Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Norway (2008–2016) and a corresponding member of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School. He has carried out extensive health and behavior/medical anthropological research for several years each in Guatemala, Malaysia, and Tanzania and since starting out in Norway he has lived and worked for at least three years on each of five continents and speaks a number of languages. Prior to his professorship at Boston University he was for ten years (1990–1999) an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and at Harvard School of Public Health, and for ten years prior to that was a senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1979–1989).
He is a fellow of the American Public Health Association, the American Anthropological Association (and other associations) and was for six years the senior editor for Medical Anthropology of the journal Social Science and Medicine. From 1999 to 2008 he was a member of the Committee on Social, Economic and Behavioural Issues of TDR/WHO, and he was also a consultant to WHO’s EPI (immunization) program in the 1980s. In addition to his academic activities, over the past 30 years he has carried out consultancy work with United Kingdom, Scandinavian, and other development agencies in a range of countries from Bhutan to Bolivia.
His most recent and major publication, for which he served as the editor in chief, is the six volume International Encyclopedia of Public Health, Elsevier Press (Sept. 2008). Some of his other books include Social Change and Health in Tanzania, co-edited with J. Lugalla (2005); The Behavioural and Social Aspects of Malaria and Its Control (2003), co-authored with V. Hackethal and P. Vivek (published by the World Health Organisation); Reaching New Highs: Alternative Therapies for Drug Addicts (1997), Jason Aronson, Inc, and (with P. Vaughan, E. Muhondwa and J. Rutabanzibwa-Ngaiza) Community Health Workers—The Tanzanian Experience (1987), Oxford University Press.
Among numerous book chapters is one based on his talk at the 8th World Federation of Public Health Associations meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, “A Return to Arusha – Structural Adjustment, Indeed! Violence, Globalization, Health and Human Rights” which appeared in Health in Transition: Opportunities and Challenges (1999). He has written more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles and numerous reports.
Social science & medicine (1982), September 1, 1994
Health transition review : the cultural, social, and behavioural determinants of health, October 1, 1991
Scandinavian journal of infectious diseases. Supplementum, January 1, 1990
Social science & medicine (1982), January 1, 1989
Journal of public health policy, January 1, 1989
Social science & medicine (1982), January 1, 1986
East African medical journal, August 1, 1985
The Society for the Social History of Medicine bulletin, June 1, 1985
Social science & medicine (1982), January 1, 1984
Journal of nurse-midwifery, November 1, 1980