Alexandra Huttinger

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.P.H. in global environmental health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; B.A. in biology, U.C. Santa Barbara


Alexandra Huttinger is an environmental health scientist and a public health practitioner whose dissertation focuses on health equity and climate policy.  As a Ph.D. candidate at Pardee RAND Graduate School and assistant policy researcher at RAND, she contributes to research spanning disaster recovery, climate adaptation, sustainable development, and evidence-based public health policy. 

Prior to joining RAND, Huttinger worked in international research and implementation programs addressing water, sanitation and hygiene in healthcare facilities and community settings, interventions for child nutrition, reduction of indoor air pollution and health system strengthening. She has worked with the Center for Global Safe WASH at Emory University, with the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and as an independent consultant. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at international conferences. She contributes regularly to journal peer review and has served as a panelist at international conferences. 

Selected Publications

Huttinger, A., Brunson, L., Kayigamba, F., Ciza, P., Mfura, L., Moe, C.L. Dreibelbis, R., "Small Water Enterprise in Rural Rwanda: Business Development and Year-One Performance Evaluation of Nine Water Kiosks at Health Care Facilities," International Journal of Experimental Research and Public Health, 2017

Huttinger, A., Dreibelbis, R., Kayigamba, F., Ngabo, F., Merryweather, B., Mfura, L., Cardon, A., Moe, CL., "Water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure and quality in rural healthcare facilities in Rwanda," BMC Health Services Research, 2017

Levy, K., Klein, M., Sarnat, S.E., Panwhar, S., Huttinger, A., Tolbert, P., Moe, C., "Refined assessment of associations between drinking water residence time and emergency department visits for gastrointestinal illness in metro Atlanta, Georgia," Journal of Water and Health, 2016

Huttinger, A., Dreibelbis, R., Roha, K., Mfura, L., Kayigamba, F., Ngabo, F., Moe, C., "Evaluation of Membrane Ultrafiltration and Residual Chlorination as a Decentralized Water Treatment Strategy for Ten Rural Healthcare Facilities in Rwanda," International Journal of Experimental Research and Public Health, 2015


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