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Robert A. Malkin

Robert A. Malkin

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Professor Malkin is interested in medical instrumentation in the developing world.

Dr. Malkin is also the founder of Engineering World Health and the Global Public Service Academies. These unique study abroad programs allow undergraduates (EWH) and high school students (GPSA) to study and work in developing world healthcare settings. Dr. Malkin also conducts research and development focused on medical equipment in the developing world.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor of the Practice of Global Health
  • Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Duke University, 1993
  • M.S. Duke University, 1990
  • B.S. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1984

Research Interests

Professor Malkin's work on medical instrumentation in the developing world has been supported by Engineering World Health, The National Institutes of Health, The American Heart Association, The Whitaker Foundation, the National Science Foundation and other organizations. The DHT-Lab runs educational programs such as the EWH Summer Institute and formal classes and provides research and product development opportunities for undergraduates interested in developing world healthcare technology.

Engineering World Health Summer Institute is a unique study abroad program that allows undergraduates to study and work in developing world hospitals. Dr. Malkin and his associates have helped hospitals in Sudan, Nigeria, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, Liberia, Sierra Leone and many other places. If you came to this site looking for high school programs, consider visiting the Global Public Service Academies a non-Duke program run by Dr. Malkin.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Save The Children. GSK Foundation. 2016
  • Engineering Hero. IEEE Spectrum. 2015
  • Imhoff Distinguished Teaching Award. Pratt School of Engineering. 2010

Courses Taught

  • BME 195FS: Medical Instrumentation in the Developing World (GE)
  • BME 354L: Introduction to Medical Instrumentation
  • BME 462L: Design for the Developing World (DR)
  • BME 490L: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering Design (DR)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • SCISOC 195FS: Medical Instrumentation in the Developing World (GE)

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Emmerling, D; Dahinten, A; Malkin, RA, Problems with systems of medical equipment provision: an evaluation in Honduras, Rwanda and Cambodia identifies opportunities to strengthen healthcare systems, Health and Technology, vol 8 no. 1-2 (2018), pp. 129-135 [10.1007/s12553-017-0210-6] [abs].
  • Ploss, B; Douglas, TS; Glucksberg, M; Kaufmann, EE; Malkin, RA; McGrath, J; Mkandawire, T; Oden, M; Osuntoki, A; Rollins, A; Sienko, K; Ssekitoleko, RT; Reichert, W, Part II: U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Educational Partnerships for Medical Device Design., Annals of Biomedical Engineering, vol 45 no. 11 (2017), pp. 2489-2493 [10.1007/s10439-017-1898-1] [abs].
  • Dahinten, AP; Dow, DE; Cunningham, CK; Msuya, LJ; Mmbaga, BT; Malkin, RA, Providing Safe and Effective Preventative Antiretroviral Prophylaxis to HIV-exposed Newborns via a Novel Drug Delivery System in Tanzania., Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, vol 35 no. 9 (2016), pp. 987-991 [10.1097/inf.0000000000001224] [abs].
  • Dahinten, AP; Malkin, RA, The Pratt Pouch Provides a Three-Fold Access Increase to Antiretroviral Medication for Births outside Health Facilities in Southern Zambia., The Open Biomedical Engineering Journal, vol 10 (2016), pp. 12-18 [10.2174/1874120701610010012] [abs].
  • Choy, A; Ortiz, M; Malkin, R, Accurate Dosing of Antiretrovirals at Home Using a Foilized, Polyethylene Pouch to Prevent the Transmission of HIV From Mother to Child., Medicine, vol 94 no. 25 (2015) [10.1097/md.0000000000001030] [abs].