Jeanne Coffin-Schmitt

Coffin-Schmitt Jeanne IMG_2803Jeanne is interested, broadly, in the health effects of the interaction of ecological and social systems. Her training is in biology, planetary health through the lens of conservation medicine, participatory epidemiology, and community-based advocacy.

Before starting her PhD at Cornell, Jeanne worked as site coordinator on a pilot project finding effective methods of delivering targeted veterinary vaccinations over the last mile in remote East Africa drylands in Karamoja, Uganda to attempt localized eradication of Peste des Petites Ruminants disease. Previous to that she worked as a fellow on integration of One Health concepts into graduate level curriculum in health equity, wrote teaching case studies, and coordinated strategic planning between partners at Tufts University and two universities in Rwanda; she also has both worked and volunteered in advocacy efforts aimed at reducing poverty through improved global health policy in the US and interned with the Pollinator Partnership as a field researcher.

In the Fiorella lab at Cornell, Jeanne will be working on projects that examine the human health related factors of challenging environmental changes in food systems such as fisheries using mixed and participatory methods.


2012   MSc in Conservation Medicine – Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

2007   BA in Biology – Macalester College


Nkamwesiga J., Coffin-Schmitt J., Ochwo S., Mwiine F.N., Palopoli A., Ndekezi C., Isingoma E., Nantima N., Nsamba P., Adiba R., Hendrickx S., Mariner J.C.  2019.  Identification of Peste des Petits Ruminants Transmission Hotspots in the Karamoja Subregion of Uganda for Targeting of Eradication Interventions. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, (129) 221, ISSN 2297-1769, DOI 10.3389/fvets.2019.00221.

Coffin-Schmitt, J.L., Okello, D., Isingoma, E., Adiba, R., Hendrickx, S., Mariner, J.C. 2018. Transmission patterns of Peste des Petits Ruminants in the Karamoja region of Uganda. Page 74; The 15th International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics – Abstract Book.

Coffin-Schmitt, J.L., Rhatigan, J., and Amuguni, J.H. 2018. A Forgotten Viral Hemorrhagic Fever: The Uganda 2016 Outbreak. Educational Case Studies – University of Global Health Equity Press.

Coffin-Schmitt, J.L., Rhatigan, J., and Amuguni, J.H. 2018. The Asian Vulture Crisis: Losing a Key Scavenger Guild. University of Global Health Equity Press.

Coffin, J. L., J. H. Amuguni, P. Drobac, S. Trent, and B. Naughton. 2016. A Model for Integrating One Health into Health Care Delivery Training: The University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda. Pages S7–S145 in EcoHealth; Abstracts – International One Health EcoHealth Congress 2016.

Coffin, J.L., Monje, F., Asiimwe-Karimu, G., Amuguni, J., Odoch, T. 2015. A One Health, participatory epidemiology assessment of anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) management in Western Uganda. Social Science & Medicine, (129) 44-50, ISSN 0277-9536,

Coffin, J. and Ali, N.S. 2013. Glossary of participatory epidemiology terms. Nairobi, Kenya: International Livestock Research Institute.

Coffin, J.L., Asiimwe-Karimu, G., Monje, F., and Amuguni, J. 2013. A One Health approach for assessing impacts of anthrax on the human-animal interface in rural Uganda using participatory epidemiology tools.  Proceedings for Prince Mahidol Award Conference: A World United Against Infectious Diseases, Cross-sectoral Solutions. Bangkok, Thailand.

Coffin, J.L., Asiimwe-Karimu, G., Monje, F., and Amuguni, J. 2012. Using Participatory Epidemiology to Assess Impacts of Anthrax on the Human-Animal Interface in Rural Uganda. Proceedings for Participatory Epidemiology Network for Animal and Human Health Technical Workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


2012   Tufts Institute of the Environment Fellowship