Irene Kuo

Irene Kuo

Irene Kuo

M.P.H., Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor

School: Milken Institute School of Public Health

Department: Epidemiology


Email: Irene Kuo
Office Phone: 202-994-0367
Milken Institute School of Public Health 950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW , #505 Washington DC 20052

After ten years in the field of drug abuse research in the context of infectious diseases, Dr. Irene Kuo joined GW in 2006. She is also currently project director for the CDC-sponsored National HIV Behavioral Surveillance project, a multi-site research study that focuses on HIV risk-taking behaviors among men who have sex with men, injection drug users and heterosexuals at high risk for HIV using novel sampling techniques, such as respondent-driven sampling and venue-based sampling. Dr. Kuo brings extensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS risk behaviors, hepatitis B and C virus infections, drug-using populations, drug treatment and market factors that affect the HIV risk behaviors of drug users both domestically and internationally.

Dr. Kuo is currently the Principal Investigator for an evaluation of the DC Department of Health's Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Program. Dr. Kuo also currently serves as an evaluator of a routine HIV testing program in the GWU Hospital emergency room as part of the District's city-wide routine HIV testing campaign. Since arriving at GWU, Dr. Kuo has also participated in international projects dealing with the regulatory framework for the WHO-sponsored global guidelines on the ARV scale-up and task shifting in Africa and with the development of a framework to define, enumerate and inventory the global public health workforce through the Rockefeller Foundation.




Infectious Disease




Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Washington University, 1991

Master of Public Health (Epidemiology), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1998

Doctor of Philosophy (Infectious Disease Epidemiology), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2004



Dr. Kuo is a peer reviewer for Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, Journal of Urban Health, Drug and Alcohol Dependence and the International Journal on Drug Policy. She is a member of the International Harm Reduction Association, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, International Society for Urban Health, International Harm Reduction Association, and the American Public Health Association.



HIV/AIDS Institute

Center for HIV/AIDS Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Laboratory Research


Dr. Kuo's research interests focus on the epidemiology of HIV and viral hepatitis (HBV and HCV) in high risk populations, including injection and non-injection drug users and men who have sex with men in both domestic and international settings. She has also conducted research on racial disparities and access to drug treatment, drug use remission and the natural history of drug use disorders using population-based data. Dr. Kuo is also involved in evaluating a routine HIV screening campaign at the GWU emergency room. She is also currently working on a Rockefeller Foundation-sponsored project with the Department of Health Policy to develop a framework to define and enumerate public health workers worldwide.

Research Activities

Evaluation of EGPAF Antiretroviral Treatment Programs in Three African Countries

District of Columbia Department of Health HIV/AIDS Administration - GW Public Health Academic Partnership

Developing a Regulatory Framework for Task Shifting

Public Health Workforce Enumeration and Public Health Institutes Inventorying Study

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation - GW Partnership for Pediatric AIDS and Public Health

National HIV Behavioral Surveillance