Lila Fleming has earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy, an M.S. in International Health, and graduate certificates in Epidemiology and Geographic Information Science (GIS).


Her research projects combine the methods of epidemiology, environmental health, and geography in order to better understand issues of global public health importance.


Dr. Fleming teaches courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, global health, and research methods. She has been honored to receive both the GMU Teaching Excellence Award and the Master Teacher Award from the GMU College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). Dr. Fleming is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) with a passion for serving diverse communities.

  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology

    Vectorborne Infections in Costa Rica

    Zika, dengue, and other vectorborne infectious diseases are a threat to the health of communities around the world. In this newly-initiated collaboration, a multidisciplinary research team is studying the movement of arboviruses within Costa Rica by conducting household surveys, laboratory tests, vector competence studies, mathematical modeling, and geographic data analysis.

    Photo Credit: WikiMedia (Rafealgilo)

  • Environmental Health

    Nutrition and Environmental Health in Mexico

    Ingestion of meat from threatened sea turtle species may contribute to heavy metal poisoning and other health issues in humans, in addition to decimating animal populations and damaging fragile ecosystems. This new grant-funded project exploring the links between epidemiology and ecological health is evaluating the nutritional practices and health status of people residing in coastal communities in Mexico.

    Photo Credit: Dominic Scaglioni CC-BY-2.0

  • Spatial Epidemiology

    Access to Health

    In my recently-completed dissertation, I used survey data from more than 3000 women in the city of Bo to understand how women select healthcare providers, how far they travel to seek care for themselves and their children, and when they bypass the nearest healthcare facility to access care from a preferred provider. These spatial epidemiology techniques are applicable to a diversity of research areas in public health.

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  • Adolescent Health

    Adolescent Health

    My analyses of data from the Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS) have quantified the prevalence of bullying, mental health issues, and risky health behaviors such as alcohol use and cigarette smoking among middle-school students in countries across the globe. These analyses have demonstrated that bullying is a common physical, mental, and social health issue among early adolescents worldwide.

Fleming LC, Ansumana R, Bockarie AS, Alejandre JD, Owen KK, Bangura U, Jimmy DH, Curtin KM, Stenger DA, Jacobsen KH. Health-care availability, preference, and distance for women in urban Bo, Sierra Leone. International Journal of Public Health. 2016 Dec; 61(9):1079-1088.



Poms LW, Fleming LC, Jacobsen KH. Work-family conflict, stress, and physical and mental health: a model for understanding the barriers to and opportunities for women's well-being at home and in the workplace. World Medical and Health Policy. 2016 Dec; 8(4):444-457



Hamukang'andu L, Fleming LC, Silwimba F, Jacobsen KH. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) for HIV among nursing students in Zambia. Sierra Leone Biomedical Research. 2016; 8(2):1-8.



Fleming LC, Ansumana R, Bockarie AS, Alejandre JD, Bangura U, Jimmy DH, Waters NM, Baghi H, Stenger DA, Jacobsen KH. Inpatient healthcare provider bypassing by women and their children in urban Bo, Sierra Leone. Pan African Medical Journal. 2016 Mar; 23:146. Open Access PDF.



Fleming LC, Jacobsen KH. EPIC: a framework for the factors that influence the selection of health-care providers. World Medical & Health Policy. 2015 Dec; 7(4):368:382.



Abdirahman HA, Fleming LC, Jacobsen KH. Parental involvement and bullying among middle-school students in North Africa. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal. 2013 March; 19(3):229:235.

Open Access PDF.



Poms LW, Fleming LC, Jacobsen KH. Parenting practices and tobacco use in middle school students in low- and middle-income countries. Journal of School Health. 2012 Aug; 82(8):353:363.


Jacobsen KH, Fleming LC, Ribeiro PS. Pyomyositis in Amazonian Ecuador. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2010 June; 104(6):438:439.



Fleming LC, Jacobsen KH. Bullying among middle-school students in low and middle income countries. Health Promotion International. 2010 March; 25(1):73:84.

Open Access PDF.



Manock SR, Jacobsen KH, Brito de Bravo N, Russell KL, Negrete M, Olson JG, Sanchez JL, Blair P, Smalligan RD, Quist BK, Freire  J, Espinoza WR, MacCormick F, Fleming LC, Kochel T. Etiology of acute undifferentiated febrile illness in the Amazon basin of Ecuador. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2009 July; 81(1):146:151.



Fleming LC, Jacobsen KH. Bullying and symptoms of depression in Chilean middle-school students. Journal of School Health. 2009 March; 79(3):126:133.

  • Education

    • Ph.D., Environmental Science and Public Policy, George Mason University, 2015

       o Graduate Certificate, Geographic Information Sciences (GIS)

       o Graduate Certificate, Epidemiology


    • M.S., Health Science, International Health concentration, George Mason University, 2008


    • B.S., Health Science, International Health concentration, Georgetown University, 2004


    • A.A., Health Education, Montgomery College, 2002

  • Academic Appointments

    • George Mason University, Department of Global and Community Health (Fairfax, VA)

       o Term Assistant Professor, 2016–present

       o Adjunct Instructor, 2008–2016

       o Graduate Research Assistant, 2006–2008


    • Montgomery College, Department of Health Enhancement and Exercise Science (Rockville, MD)

       o Associate Professor, 2013–2016

       o Assistant Professor, 2010–2012

       o Adjunct Instructor, 2004–2010



  • Professional Certification

    • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, 2004–present

  • Additional Professional Experience

    • Access and Outreach Program Coordinator, Nueva Vida, Inc., 2005–2006

       o Provided Spanish-language patient navigation services to Latina women seeking breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment


    • Youth Program Coordinator, Community Health Consulting, LLC, 2002–2007

       o Conducted tobacco education and cessation programs for high school students



  • Awards

    • George Mason University Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, 2015


    • Master Teacher Award (Adjunct Faculty), College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University, 2013


    • Graduate Global Health Service Award, Department of Global and Community Health, George Mason University, 2006


    • International Health Program Excellence Award, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University, 2004


    • Health Studies Scholar, International Health Program, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University, 2004





  • Peer Review Service

    • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
    • Ethnicity & Disease
    • Health Psychology
    • Journal of Adolescence
    • Journal of School Health
    • Nicotine & Tobacco Research
    • Pediatrics
    • Public Health Nutrition








Lila C. Fleming, PhD., CHES (link)


Term Assistant Professor


Department of Global & Community Health (link)


George Mason University (link)




Department of Global and Community Health

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4400 University Drive

Fairfax, VA 22030-4444


Research Gate Profile (link)

ORCID Profile (link)

Current Courses:

GCH 335 - Applied Health Statistics

GCH 380 - Public Health Research Methods


Courses Taught:

GCH 205 - Global Health

GCH 335 - Applied Health Statistics

GCH 380 - Public Health Research Methods

Copyright 2016 Lila C. Fleming

Last updated August 2016