Joe Novotny

Director, International Research Support Operations
Vice Chanc Research
+1 415 476-5918

Joe Novotny

Joe is the Director of International Research Support Operations (IRSO), a unit launched in 2019 to support UCSF faculty and staff implementing research projects abroad in foreign countries. The goal of the IRSO office is to provide effective and efficient operational support and expert advice to faculty and program leaders who are either considering international work or are already engaging in international research.

Previously, Joe worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) supporting malaria elimination initiatives globally. Joe’s work primarily focused on increasing access to quality healthcare in poor and underserved communities while improving national disease surveillance and logistics systems to help countries achieve their public health goals. He has on the ground experience supporting government health system strengthening in Southern Africa in Southeast Asia. Joe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Santa Clara University, followed by a Masters of Public Health from Boston University.


Dlamini N, Hsiang MS, Ntshalintshali N, Pindolia D, Allen R, Nhlabathi N, Novotny J, Kang Dufour MS, Midekisa A, Gosling R, LeMenach A, Cohen J, Dorsey G, Greenhouse B, Kunene S. Low-quality housing is associated with increased risk of malaria infection: a national population-based study from low transmission setting of Swaziland. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017; 4(2).

ACTwatch Group, Novotny J, Singh A, Dysoley L, Sovannaroth S, Rekol H. Evidence of successful malaria case management policy implementation in Cambodia: results from national ACTwatch outlet surveys. Malar J. 2016; 15: 194.

Churcher TS, Cohen JM, Novotny J, Ntshalintshali N, Kunene S, Cauchemez S. Measuring the path toward malaria elimination. Science. 2014; 344 (6189): 1230-2.

Koita K, Novotny J, Kunene S, Zulu Z, Ntshalintshali N, Gandhi M, Gosling R. Targeting imported malaria through social networks: a potential strategy for malaria elimination in Swaziland. Malar J. 2013;12:219.

Sturrock HJ, Novotny J, Kunene S, Dlamini S, Zulu Z, Cohen JM, Hsiang MS, Greenhouse B, Gosling RD. Reactive case detection for malaria elimination: real-life experience from an ongoing program in Swaziland. PLoS One. 2013;8(5).

Cohen JM, Dlamini S, Novotny J, Kandula D, Kunene S, Tatem AJ. Rapid case-based mapping of seasonal malaria transmission risk for strategic elimination planning in Swaziland. Malar J. 2013; 12: 61.

Hsiang MS, Hwang J, Kunene S, Drakeley C, Kandula D, Novotny J, Parizo J, Jensen T, Tong M, Kemere J, Dlamini S, Moonen B, Angov E, Dutta S, Ockenhouse C, Dorsey G, Greenhouse B. Surveillance for malaria elimination in Swaziland: a national cross-sectional study using pooled PCR and serology. PLoS One. 2012;7(1):

Kunene S, Phillips AA, Gosling RD, Kandula D, Novotny J. A national policy for malaria elimination in Swaziland: a first for sub-Saharan Africa. Malar J. 2011;10:313.