Muktar Aliyu, MD, DrPH

Muktar Aliyu, MD, DrPH

Associate Director of Global Health

Associate Professor of Health Policy and Medicine, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

Associate Director for Research, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

2525 West End Avenue
Nashville 37203
(615) 343-0626


Muktar Aliyu is Associate Professor of Health Policy and Medicine and Associate Director for Research with the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. Dr. Aliyu attended medical school at the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and completed graduate training in public health at the George Washington University (MPH ‘02) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (DrPH ’05). He joined Vanderbilt University after completing residency and fellowship training at Meharry Medical College and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His research interests are in adverse birth outcomes associated with maternal lifestyle-related factors (cigarette smoking, alcohol use, weight gain) and with infectious diseases in resource-limited settings (HIV/AIDS, malaria). He is a principal investigator on research and training grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Meharry Medical College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Mayo Foundation’s William H.J. Summerskill Award for Outstanding Research Achievement, and the American College of Preventive Medicine’s William Kane ‘Rising Star’ award, among others. Dr. Aliyu is board-certified in General Preventive Medicine & Public Health and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.