- MPH in International Health and Development, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine;
BA in Human Biology, Brown University
Elissa Margolin is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Health Studies. For nearly a
decade, she has worked in the service of some of the world’s poorest, providing technical direction, management, and leadership of national-level public health programs in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. As Senior Technical Advisor and Team Lead with the U.S. government in Vietnam, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, she has overseen multi-million dollar comprehensive HIV prevention programs, managed inter-agency teams, and mentored rising technical experts in the field. Her passion for global health began when she spent a year directing a pediatric nutrition and recuperation program in rural Haiti, caring for children with kwashiorkor and teaching mothers from remote villages about improving their infant feeding practices.
She is also a registered advanced yoga teacher (E-RYT500). Fueled by a desire to best
serve the individuals in the populations she was working with, Elissa has taken her lifelong love of yoga in a deeper direction. Building on her interests in the biological and contextual underpinnings of health, and deepening an exploration of more individualized, embodied expression of wellness, Elissa has acquired more than 600 hours of advanced yoga training, including the study of yoga therapy, taught over 2,000 hours of yoga classes, and volunteered to develop a yoga program at HIPS, an HIV drop-in center in Northeast D.C