Timothy De Ver Dye, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Associate Dean, Research and Director, Research Center


Departments & Academic Units


Contact Info

426 Ostrom Avenue, Suite 303
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: (315) 443-9233
Email: tddye@syr.edu

Areas of Specialization:

Global health; social and cultural determinants of health; polar/ expedition health; social epidemiology; medical anthropology; documentary film and history; ethnography; remote & isolated populations; maternal health; infant and child health


M.A. Documentary Film and History, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (anticipated May 2011)
Ph.D., Anthropology, State University of New York at Buffalo (1993)
M.S., Epidemiology, State University of New York at Buffalo (1990)
M.A., International Relations, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (1987)

M.P.A., Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (1987)
B.A., International Relations, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, (1985)


South Asia Studies Fellow — 1985 - 1987
US Department of Education, National Resource Fellow, Foreign Languages and Area Studies (Hindi and South Asian Studies), Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University


Professor Timothy Dye is a medical anthropologist and social epidemiologist who specializes in applied public health, particularly within marginalized, isolated, and global populations, and with a content focus on social and cultural determinants of health. Dr. Dye’s research program focuses upon developing and understanding community-driven solutions to public health problems, and has included funded projects around such topics as micronutrition among women and children in Tibet (CDC), informatics and public health decision making in Costa Rica (NIH), and injury and culture in Antarctica (NSF). In recent years, Dr. Dye has led teams around the world, including Lebanon, Turkey, China, South Africa, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Nigeria, Tibet, India, Kashmir, Ladakh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Petite Martinique, Kenya, Antarctica, Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom. In the U.S., Dr. Dye has conducted fieldwork and lead field teams in New York State (rural and urban), West Virginia, Oklahoma, Hawaii, California, Puerto Rico, North Carolina, and Massachusetts. Dye’s work spans the private sector, local/ state/ national/ international government sectors, and non-profit and civil service organizations.

Dr. Dye serves as a clinical professor of public health and preventive medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He has appointments on several boards of international organizations and has presented and published his research often, in both maternal and child health and global health venues. He has served as a Visiting Fellow/ Scholar at the Health and Health Care Research Unit at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and also at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, in the UK. Dr. Dye received the Young Professional Award from the American Public Health Association in 2001, received the Antarctic Service Medal from the National Science Foundation (2006), was elected Fellow (2004) and Chartered Geographer (C.Geog.) of the Royal Geographic Society (London) in 2006, and served as a MEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation in Cuba) Scholar in Havana, Cuba in 2009.

His efforts are focused in global health development, focusing on applied field methods in anthropology and epidemiology to enhance the effectiveness of international development projects. Finally, Dr. Dye’s methodological emphasis has centered around the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods, particularly applied to socio-political dimensions of global health and health and social status of marginalized populations.