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Elanah Uretsky

Assistant Professor of Global Health and International Affairs; Director, Dual Master of Arts / Master of Public Health Program
Room 411
Address: Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Phone: 202-994-6803
Fax: 202-994-1955
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

China, medical anthropology, masculinity, male sexuality, governance practices, HIV/AIDS, and ethnic minorities.

Elanah Uretsky is a medical anthropologist whose interests lie at the nexus of gender, sexuality, governance and disease in China. She has conducted extensive ethnographic research on China's HIV epidemic examining how networking practices among the wealthy businessmen and government officials fueling China's economic rise have also governed the rise, development, and administration of the epidemic. Much of this work focuses on the role that relations between China and Burma play in the rise of the epidemic. Her work on HIV in China titled Mixing Business with Pleasure: The Politics of Work, Sex, and HIV in Post-Mao China is currently under review at Stanford University Press.

Professor Uretsky is the liaison between the Elliott School and the Department of Global Health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health and coordinates the dual M.A./M.P.H. program. She is also a Public Intellectual Fellow with the National Committee on US China Relations.

Current Research

Professor Uretsky's current work looks at the impact that male networking practices, which include excessive banqueting, drinking, smoking, and commercial sex, are having on China's burgeoning epidemic of chronic disease.


Ph.D., Columbia University


Forthcoming. Uretsky, E. Mixing Business with Pleasure: The Politics of Work, Sex, and HIV in Post-Mao China (Stanford University Press).

2011 Uretsky, E. “The risk of success: cultural determinants of chronic disease and sexually transmitted infections among urban Chinese men,” Health Promotion International 26(2): 212-219.

2008 Uretsky, E. “'Mobile men with money': The socio-cultural and politico-economic context of high-risk behavior among wealthy businessmen and government officials in urban China,” Culture, Health, and Sexuality 10 (8):801-14.

Classes Taught

PubH 6410 Global Health Study Design
PubH 6413 Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
PubH 6411 Qualitative Methods for Global Health Research
PubH 8406 Advanced Topics: Health Research in the Global Arena
PubH 8407 Advanced Topics: Health Leadership in the International Settings