Paula Frew

Professor of Public Health
Expertise: HIV/AIDS, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, Health Communication, Maternal and Child Health


Paula Frew is a nationally recognized authority on infectious disease prevention and treatment for HIV/AIDS, influenza, pertussis, Ebola, and other vaccine-preventable illnesses. Frew’s research agenda focuses on addressing health disparities arising from structural, social, and other health determinants to promote population health and well being. 

Her research specialties also include community-based research and evaluation. Most recently, Frew has studied vaccine confidence in vulnerable populations, as well as parental confidence levels toward childhood immunizations. Her current scholarship also includes analysis of vaccine uptake levels among women and minority populations. 

Frew’s research has been published in academic and professional publications including the Journal of Women’s Health, AIDS Patient Care and STDs, American Journal of Public Health, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, among many others.


  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • MPH, Emory University
  • M.A., San Diego State University
  • B.A., University of California at San Diego

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