Katrina Ortblad, ScD, MPH

Faculty Member

Katrina Ortblad, ScD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Cancer Prevention Program
Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Mail Stop: M3-B232

Implementation scientist Dr. Katrina Ortblad studies ways to improve equity in health access by using differentiated models of HIV service delivery, that is, the delivery of HIV treatment, prevention information and necessary medications, in high prevalence settings. Most of her work focuses on designing innovative models for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) delivery with research colleagues in Africa. She applies findings from qualitative research and stakeholder engagement to refine these models then tests them out in pilot studies and later hybrid implementation-effectiveness trials. Ongoing projects, all currently based in Kenya, include a randomized trial exploring the use of HIV self-testing to decrease the number of PrEP clinic visits; a study to design and test a novel model of pharmacy-based PrEP delivery and a study to design and test a peer PrEP referral + HIV self-testing delivery model to increase PrEP uptake and continuation among young women. Dr. Ortblad’s research uses diverse methods across the fields of epidemiology, economics, public policy, psychology and implementation science.

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health
University of Washington


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, May 2020

ScD, Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, May 2018

MPH, Global Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, June 2013

BA, Human Biology, modified with Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, May 2010

Research Interests

HIV prevention interventions

Differentiated service delivery

Randomized implementation trials

Public-private partnerships

Sub-Saharan Africa

Clinical Trials

Developing and Evaluating an E-Pharmacy Platform for Prep Delivery in Kenya

The Effect of Pharmacy-Delivered Prep Services on Reach and Access in Kenya

Kenya HIV Self-Testing in PrEP Delivery

Peer PrEP Referral + HIV Self-Test Delivery for PrEP Initiation in Kenya (PeerPrEP)

Pharmacy Delivery to Expand the Reach of PrEP in Kenya

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