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Eric G. Bing

Professor of Global Health

Ph.D. 2000 University of California at Los Angeles
Simmons 345
Heroy Hall 421

Board Certified in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Senior Fellow & Director of Global Health, George W. Bush Institute
Adjunct Professor, Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University
Research Executive Committee, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

  • Global Health
  • Health, Education, and Social Systems
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Leadership Development
  • Team and Collaborative Science


The focus of my life and work is to help improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged communities. Prior to joining the SMU faculty as Professor of Global Health in 2013, I spent 18 years on the faculty at Charles Drew University of Science and Medicine (CDU) and two years as senior fellow and director of global health at the George W. Bush Institute. I currently have a concurrent appointment with the Bush Institute.

During my career I have taught and mentored students, directed or co-directed five research centers, led a Presidential initiative, received over $140 million in grant support, developed and managed programs in six countries (Angola, Rwanda, Nigeria, Namibia, Jamaica and Belize), launched programs in four additional countries (Zambia, Kenya, Botswana and Tanzania), written a book, authored or co-authored 52 journal articles, 36 abstracts and two Institute of Medicine reports, developed and led a clinical and community-based center and served as President of the Academic Senate (CDU). While engaging in these activities, I continued my own post-medical education and professional development; completing an MPH, a PhD in Epidemiology, a post-doc in Health Services Research and a MBA along the way.

The focus of my research and scholarly activities has been on the interrelationships between behavior, health systems and disease for the under-served. I managed and co-directed the US portion of the first large international study of the prevalence of mental and substance abuse disorders among people with HIV as well as the mental health and substance abuse portions of the HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS), the first nationally representative study of people receiving care for HIV in the US.

Since 2000, my research has focused primarily in developing countries. My earlier research focused on understanding risk factors for HIV infection in African militaries and developing interventions to reduce risk for HIV. Most recently, my work has focused on using local community members and microentrepreneurs to distribute health services.

In addition to my research, I directed or co-directed five research centers at Charles Drew University, including three focused on HIV (Drew Cares, Institute for Community Health Research and CHIPTS), one focused on alcohol research (Collaborative Alcohol Research Center) and one focused on translational research (AXIS). I also led the University's HIV Cluster and Global Health Institute.

Since joining the Bush Institute in 2011, I co-led the creation of the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR), an $85 million public-private partnership among the Bush Institute, US Department of State, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, UNAIDS and other private and corporate partners, to combat cervical and breast cancer in Africa and Latin America. Complementing the work of PRRR, I am authoring a book on sustainable and scalable health solutions for the poor. The book, Saving Millions: Innovative Solutions to Global Health and Poverty, released in early 2013 in the US by Barrett Kohler Publishers and the George W. Bush Institute and in India by HarperCollins-India.

Recent Publications

Bing, EG, Epstein M (2013). Pharmacy on a Bicycle: Innovative Solutions in Global Health and Poverty. Berrett-Kohler Publishers and George W. Bush Institute Press.

Galvan FH, Ortiz DJ, Martinez V, Bing, E.G. (2009). The use of female commercial sex workers' services by Latino day laborers. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.

Cheng, KG.; Ortiz, DJ; Weiss, RE.; Shi, L; Ovalle-Bahamon, RE; Ernesto, F; Grillo, MP; Bing, EG., (2010) "Patterns of Alcohol Consumption and Factors Influencing Problematic Drinking among Angolan Soldiers", Journal of Substance Use. 1(12)

Epstein, MJ, Bing, EG, (2011) "Delivering Health Care to the Global Poor: Solving the Accessibility Problem," Innovations 6(2), 117-141.

Rurangirwa, J., Bingham, T.A., Kim, J., Hu, Y.W., Bing, E.G., (2012) "Late HIV detection among adult males in Los Angeles County, 2000-2004," AIDS Care, 24(8).