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Heather Lynn Wipfli, PhD
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine
Associate Director of The Institute For Global Health
Preventive Medicine
SSB 318K 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 865 0411


Heather Wipfli, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventative Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Associate Director for the USC Institute for Global Health. Dr. Wipfli holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the Graduate Institute of International Studies at the University of Geneva. Her research focuses on international cooperation and governance approaches to improve health, specifically in regards to global chronic disease control including tobacco use, obesity, and exposure to air pollution. Prior to joining USC, Dr. Wipfli directed research and training for the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and worked on the development of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as a technical officer at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva. She has published work on global tobacco control, globalization and health, capacity building in low- and middle-income countries and health security. In 2008, Dr. Wipfli earned the Alumni Laurent Prize of the University of Geneva for her dissertation on the global diffusion of tobacco control policies.


Wipfli HL, Berman M, Hanson K, Kelder S, Solis A, Villanti AC, Ribeiro CM, Meissner HI, Anderson R. Defining Tobacco Regulatory Science Competencies. Nicotine Tob Res. 2017 Feb; 19(2):222-230. View in: PubMed

Swanson JW, Yao CA, Auslander A, Wipfli H, Nguyen TH, Hatcher K, Vanderburg R, Magee WP. Patient Barriers to Accessing Surgical Cleft Care in Vietnam: A Multi-site, Cross-Sectional Outcomes Study. World J Surg. 2017 Jan 24. View in: PubMed

Yao CA, Swanson J, Chanson D, Taro TB, Gura B, Figueiredo JC, Wipfli H, Hatcher K, Vanderburg R, Magee WP. Barriers to Reconstructive Surgery in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Cross-Sectional Study of 453 Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Patients in Vietnam. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Nov; 138(5):887e-895e. View in: PubMed

Wipfli H. The FCTC Turns 10: Lessons From the Fist Decade. J Epidemiol. 2016 Jun 5; 26(6):279-83. View in: PubMed

Wipfli H, Samet JM. One Hundred Years in the Making: The Global Tobacco Epidemic. Annu Rev Public Health. 2016 Mar 18; 37:149-66. View in: PubMed

Yao CA, Taro TB, Wipfli HL, Ly S, Gillenwater JT, Costa MA, Gutierrez RD, Magee W. The Tsao Fellowship in Global Health: A Model for International Fellowships in a Surgery Residency. J Craniofac Surg. 2016 Mar; 27(2):282-5. View in: PubMed

Withers M, Press D, Wipfli H, McCool J, Chan CC, Jimba M, Tremewan C, Samet J. Training the next generation of global health experts: experiences and recommendations from Pacific Rim universities. Global Health. 2016; 12(1):34. View in: PubMed

Taro T, Yao C, Ly S, Wipfli H, Magee K, Vanderburg R, Magee W. The Global Surgery Partnership: An Innovative Partnership for Education, Research, and Service. Acad Med. 2016 Jan; 91(1):75-8. View in: PubMed

Valente TW, Dyal SR, Chu KH, Wipfli H, Fujimoto K. Diffusion of innovations theory applied to global tobacco control treaty ratification. Soc Sci Med. 2015 Nov; 145:89-97. View in: PubMed

Wipfli HL, Samet J. Framing Progress In Global Tobacco Control To Inform Action On Noncommunicable Diseases. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Sep 1; 34(9):1480-8. View in: PubMed

Samet JM, Chanson D, Wipfli H. The Challenges of Limiting Exposure to THS in Vulnerable Populations. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2015 Sep; 2(3):215-25. View in: PubMed

Lövgren SL, Taro TB, Wipfli HL. Perceptions of foreign health aid in East Africa: an exploratory baseline study. Int Health. 2014 Dec; 6(4):331-6. View in: PubMed

Wipfli H, Kotlewski JA. Into the deep end: Incorporating a global health governance and diplomacy experience in graduate public health training. Glob Public Health. 2014 Aug; 9(7):827-40. View in: PubMed

Samet JM, Wipfli HL, Gruskin S. Banning the Hiring of Tobacco Users: Where's the Fire? Acad Med. 2014 Jun; 89(6):837-9. View in: PubMed

Jones MR, Wipfli H, Shahrir S, Avila-Tang E, Samet JM, Breysse PN, Navas-Acien A. Secondhand tobacco smoke: an occupational hazard for smoking and non-smoking bar and nightclub employees. Tob Control. 2013 Sep; 22(5):308-14. View in: PubMed

Wipfli H, Press DJ, Kuhn V. Global health education: a pilot in trans-disciplinary, digital instruction. Glob Health Action. 2013 Jan; 6(1):20747. View in: PubMed

Chu KH, Wipfli H, Valente TW. Using Visualizations to Explore Network Dynamics. J Soc Struct. 2013; 14. View in: PubMed

Wipfli H, Press DJ, Kuhn V. Global health education: a pilot in trans-disciplinary, digital instruction. Glob Health Action. 2013; 6:1-7. View in: PubMed

Wipfli HL, Samet JM. Moving beyond global tobacco control to global disease control. Tob Control. 2012 Mar; 21(2):269-72. View in: PubMed

Shahrir S, Wipfli H, Avila-Tang E, Breysse PN, Samet JM, Navas-Acien A. Tobacco sales and promotion in bars, cafes and nightclubs from large cities around the world. Tob Control. 2011 Jul; 20(4):285-90. View in: PubMed

Schwartz RL, Wipfli HL, Samet JM. World No Tobacco Day 2011: India's progress in implementing the framework convention on tobacco control. Indian J Med Res. 2011 May; 133(5):455-7. View in: PubMed

Wipfli H, Huang G. Power of the process: evaluating the impact of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control negotiations. Health Policy. 2011 May; 100(2-3):107-15. View in: PubMed

Wipfli HL, Samet JM. Second-hand smoke's worldwide disease toll. Lancet. 2011 Jan 8; 377(9760):101-2. View in: PubMed

Wipfli HL, Fujimoto K, Valente TW. Global tobacco control diffusion: the case of the framework convention on tobacco control. Am J Public Health. 2010 Jul; 100(7):1260-6. View in: PubMed

Samet JM, Wipfli HL. Globe still in grip of addiction. Nature. 2010 Feb 25; 463(7284):1020-1. View in: PubMed

Kim S, Wipfli H, Navas-Acien A, Dominici F, Avila-Tang E, Onicescu G, Breysse P, Samet JM. Determinants of hair nicotine concentrations in nonsmoking women and children: a multicountry study of secondhand smoke exposure in homes. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009 Dec; 18(12):3407-14. View in: PubMed

Samet JM, Wipfli H. Unfinished business in tobacco control. JAMA. 2009 Aug 12; 302(6):681-2. View in: PubMed

Kim SR, Wipfli H, Avila-Tang E, Samet JM, Breysse PN. Method validation for measurement of hair nicotine level in nonsmokers. Biomed Chromatogr. 2009 Mar; 23(3):273-9. View in: PubMed

Wipfli H, Avila-Tang E, Navas-Acien A, Kim S, Onicescu G, Yuan J, Breysse P, Samet JM. Secondhand smoke exposure among women and children: evidence from 31 countries. Am J Public Health. 2008 Apr; 98(4):672-9. View in: PubMed

Valdés-Salgado R, Avila-Tang E, Stillman FA, Wipfli H, Samet JM. [Laws that ban smoking in indoor places in Mexico]. Salud Publica Mex. 2008; 50 Suppl 3:S334-42. View in: PubMed

Barrientos-Gutiérrez T, Reynales-Shigematsu LM, Avila-Tang E, Wipfli H, Lazcano-Ponce E. [Environmental tobacco smoke exposure in homes of Mexico City: analysis of environmental samples and children and women hair]. Salud Publica Mex. 2007; 49 Suppl 2:S224-32. View in: PubMed

Stillman F, Wipfli H, Samet J. Reaching and educating the global tobacco control community: innovative approaches to tobacco control training. Public Health Rep. 2006 Sep-Oct; 121(5):521-8. View in: PubMed

Samet J, Wipfli H, Perez-Padilla R, Yach D. Mexico and the tobacco industry: doing the wrong thing for the right reason? BMJ. 2006 Feb 11; 332(7537):353-4. View in: PubMed

Stillman FA, Wipfli HL, Lando HA, Leischow S, Samet JM. Building capacity for international tobacco control research: the global tobacco research network. Am J Public Health. 2005 Jun; 95(6):965-8. View in: PubMed

Maziak W, Wipfli H. Research Assistance Matching (RAM) Project. Tob Control. 2005 Jun; 14(3):151. View in: PubMed

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