Yale University

Kari Hartwig, Dr. P.H., M.A.

  • Program Director, Whole Village Project, University of Minnesota
  • Former CIRA Affiliate


Kari Hartwig started as the first Program Director for the Whole Village project in May 2009. She has a doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master's degree in international development from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her research and practice work includes principles of community participatory development and attention to community defined priorities and solutions. Hartwig's long personal history in Tanzania includes living there for a number of years and conducting her master's and dissertation research in Tanzania. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, she served for six years on the faculty of Yale University's School of Public Health, Global Health Division. She participated as a research scientist with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS and the Prevention Research Center, and taught core courses in community-based participatory research in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program in the School of Medicine. Her research and publications include topics related to the governance of HIV/AIDS programs, gender analysis of development issues, evaluation of hospital management in Ethiopia and HIV/AIDS capacity building initiatives in southern Africa, and faith-based responses to HIV and AIDS in Africa. Hartwig also worked as a program officer for six years on a global HIV/AIDS prevention program with Family Health International that operated in more than 35 countries. She has worked and traveled extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.