Rebecca Dillingham, MD, MPH

Director, Center for Global Health Equity, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health
Carter-Harrison Research Building (MR-6)

Rebecca Dillingham, MD/MPH, is the Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Global Health Equity. Dr. Dillingham holds faculty positions in the Division of Infectious Disease and International Health and in Public Health Sciences. She has led the development of global health training across UVa’s campus as the director of the UVa Framework Program in Global Health, which is supported by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institute of Health.


Dr. Dillingham received her B.A. from Harvard/Radcliffe College and then traveled to the Ivory Coast where she worked on HIV prevention for two years prior to entering medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She served as a resident and chief resident in Internal Medicine and as a fellow in infectious diseases in the UVa Health System. Dr. Dillingham has been awarded numerous teaching awards in recognition of her skill as an educator as well as her humanistic approach to medicine.

Research Interests

Dr. Dillingham’s major clinical activity is the care of adult patients infected with HIV. Her major funded research projects include the use of cell phone-based technology to help vulnerable populations improve adherence to medications used to treat HIV and the evaluation of the impact of changes in water and sanitation on the incidence of water-borne disease. This research takes place in Haiti, rural Virginia, and South Africa.


Dr. Dillingham has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals with collaborators representing multiple disciplines and international collaborative sites. View her publications here.