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Claude Betts, MD, MPH, MBA

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Claude  Betts, MD, MPH, MBA


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  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Research Interests

• Health Inequity
• Universal health care
• Occupational Health and Safety
• Health and Development
• Emerging Infectious Diseases
• Biosafety and Infection Control
• Program Evaluation


Claude D. Betts, MD, MPH, MBA. is Executive Director of “Nueva Era en Salud” (NES), an NGO based in Panama, Republic of Panama, committed to Health as a Human Right, addressing Determinants of Health and Development, and Health System strengthening. NES was created in 1998 and was instrumental in building consensus among multiple civil society players, achieving unanimous approval of Panama’s Law 3 of Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS in 2000. Dr. Betts currently serves as Public Health Advisor to the 17 Member “National Medical Coordinating Committee”. He is founding member and current Scientific Secretary of the Panamanian Society of Public Health (SPSP). Dr. Betts’ role as Voluntary Assistant Professor of Epidemiology of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is to identify opportunities for collaboration between UM and the Republic of Panama. In 2013 a student in the Capstone Program participated in research to identify occupations at highest risk for lower back injuries in the Panama Canal workforce. Dr. Betts has held public health positions in organizations ranging from the Panama Canal, PAHO and the MOH of Panama, and academic positions in universities from GW, HIID and the University of Panama, not to mention UM. Dr. Betts has authored many books, ranking from research on Commercial Sex Workers in the Republic of Panama, to evaluations of Neonatal Tetanus in Bolivia, Vertical Transmission of HIV in the Dominican Republic, and evaluation of CDC’s FETP program in Mexico, Spain, Thailand and the Philippines.