Lori DiPrete BrownDistinguished Teaching Faculty; Director, Global Health and Human Ecology; Director, 4W Initiative

Lori DiPrete Brown, MS, MTS, focuses her teaching and scholarship on the health and well-being of women and children in highly vulnerable situations around the world. A Distinguished Faculty Associate in Civil Society and Community Studies at the School of Human Ecology, and affiliated with the School of Medicine and Public Health, DiPrete Brown is the Director of the campus-wide 4W Women and Well-being Initiative and serves as an Associate Director of the UW–Madison Global Health Institute. An architect of UW-Madison’s global health education programs, she has developed and facilitated service-learning programs around the world. DiPrete Brown is the lead author and editor of Foundations for Global Health Practice, a textbook that goes beyond health and health care systems, to include topics such as human rights, global mental health, water and sanitation, food systems, climate change and urban health. Before joining UW-Madison, DiPrete Brown worked with a range of international organizations to develop healthcare quality improvement programs. She continues this work at UW–Madison through GHI’s QI Leadership Institute, which has trained over 100 leaders from 17 countries. She has collaborated in QI research, capacity building, policy development and evaluation in Chile, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Malawi, Cameroon, India, Nepal, and Malawi.

DiPrete Brown holds degrees from Yale College, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Harvard Divinity School. Her teaching and service inform writing and speaking about global health, gender equity, civil society, and social change. She has written a novel entitled Caminata: A Journey, based on her Peace Corps Service in Honduras, where she lived and worked in an orphanage, providing guidance and social services for teenage girls.

DiPrete Brown is affiliated with the UW-Madison African Studies Program and the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program. She also serves as a co-chair for the UniverCity Alliance.

Listen to Lori DiPrete Brown’s TEDx Talk “Small Changes are Big”

Read her blog “Global Health Reflections”

Portrait of Lori DiPrete Brown, a smiling woman with dark hair, brown eyes and light skin, sits by the 100 Women Wall.


  • Civil Society & Community Studies


  • UW–Madison African Studies program and Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program
  • UniverCity Alliance co-chair
  • 4W Women and Well-Being Initiative
  • UW–Madison Global Health Institute


  • Yale
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • Harvard Divinity School


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