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Tim K. Mackey, MAS, PhD
GHPi | Director | Professor

Tim Ken Mackey is a Professor of Global Health in the Global Health Program at UC San Diego in the Department of Anthropology, the Director of the Global Health Policy and Data Institute, and the Editor-in-Chief of JMIR Infodemiology. He is also the CEO and co-founder of the data science and research services company S-3 Research, currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and through other government and private sector contracts. He holds a BA in Political Science-International Relations, a Masters Degree in Health Policy & Law and also earned his PhD in Global Public Health from the joint doctoral program at UC San Diego - San Diego State University.

Prof. Mackey’s work has been featured in high-impact journals such as Science, JAMA, Nature Biotechnology, the Lancet, Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, Clinical Microbiology Reviews, and BMC Medicine. His research and expertise has also been featured in major news outlets such as CNN, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal.

His work focuses on an array of multidisciplinary topics in domestic and global public health. He also has extensive professional experience including over 10 years experience in the private sector and acting as a consultant for the World Health Organization, the US Department of State and others.
Professional Activities 
Editorial Service

  • Section Editor, Global Health, BMC Public Health
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy
  • Editorial Board, Blockchain in Healthcare Today
  • Editorial Board, BMC Medicine
  • Editorial Board, Global Health Governance

Professional Service
  • Principal Researcher, San Diego Supercomputer Center
  • Visiting Faculty, UCSD Rady School of Management
  • Fellow, WHO Collaborating Centre for Governance, Accountability and Transparency in the Pharmaceutical Sector
  • Member, Academic Advisory Panel, ASOP

  • Lifelong Member, Bouchet Graduate Honor Society
  • Member, Delta Omega Honor Society, Sigma Chapter
  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Associate Member, UCSD Moores Cancer Center
Honors and Awards 

  • Rita L. Atkinson Graduate Fellowship, UC San Diego (2011-2012)
  • Carl L. Alsberg, MD Fellow for Safe Medicines, Partnership for Safe Medicines (2011-2012)
  • Inamori Fellowship, San Diego State University (2011-2012)

Awards and Prizes

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse, Start an SUD Startup Challenge Award (2018)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse, Diversity Scholars Network Professional Development Workshop Award (2016)
  • Jean Fort Dissertation Prize, UC San Diego (2013)
  • Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, UC San Diego Chapter (2013)
  • Interdisciplinary Scholar Award, UC San Diego (2012)
  • University of California Graduate Research Advocacy Day Award, UC San Diego (2012)
  • 4th Annual San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders Student Poster Competition (2012)
  • President’s Award, San Diego State University (2011)


  • Association of International Exchange, Japan (AIEJ) Scholarship (2000)
Select Publications (from over 150)

Mackey TK
, Purushothaman V, Li J, Shah N, Nali M, Bardier C, Liang BA, Cai M, Cuomo RE. Machine Learning to Detect Self-Reporting of Symptoms, Testing Access and Recovery Associated with COVID-19 on Twitter: A Retrospective Big-Data Infoveillance Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2020;6(2):e19509.

Mackey TK, Kuo TT, Gummadi B, Clauson K, Church G, Grishin D, Obbad K, Barkovich R, Palombini M. ‘Fit-for-Purpose?’ – Challenges and Opportunities for Applications of Blockchain Technology in the Future of Healthcare. BMC Med. 2019;17:68.

Mackey TK, Kohler JC, Vian T. The Sustainable Development Goals as a Framework to Combat Health-sector Corruption. Bull World Health Organ. 2018;96:634-643.

Mackey TK
, Kalyanam J, Katsuki T, Lanckriet G. Twitter-based Detection of Illegal Online Sale of Prescription Opioid. Am J. Public Health. 2017;107:1910-1915.

Mackey TK.
The Ebola Outbreak: Catalyzing a “Shift” in Global Health Governance? BMC Infect Dis. 2016;16(1):699.

Mackey TK, Schoenfeld V. Going "Social" to Access Experimental and Potentially Life-Saving Treatment: An Assessment of the Policy and Online Patient Advocacy Environment for Expanded Access. BMC Medicine. 2016; 14:17. 

Mackey TK, Miner A, Cuomo RE. Exploring the e-Cigarette e-Commerce Marketplace: Identifying Internet e-Cigarette Marketing Characteristics and Regulatory Gaps. Drug Alcohol Depend: 2015; 156:97-103.

Mackey TK, Liang BA, York P, Kubic T. Counterfeit Drug Penetration into Global Legitimate Supply Chains: A Global Assessment. Am J. Trop. Med. Hygiene: 2015; 92(6):59-67. 

Mackey TK, Cuomo RE, Guerra C, Liang BA. After Counterfeit Avastin – What Have We Learned and What can be Done? Nat Rev Clin Oncol: 2015; 12:302-308.

Mackey TK, Liang BA, Cuomo R, Hafen R, Brouwer KC, Lee DE. Emerging and Reemerging Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Review of Key Characteristics, Risk Factors, and the Policy and Innovation Environment. Clin. Microbiol. Rev. 2014; 27(4):949.

Mackey TK, Liang BA, Pierce JP, Bostic C, Laurent H. Call to Action: Promoting Domestic and Global Tobacco Control by Ratifying the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in the United States. PLoS Med. 2014;11(5): e1001639. 

Mackey TK, Liang BA. Improving Global Health Governance to Combat Counterfeit Medicines: A Proposal for a UNODC-WHO-Interpol Trilateral Mechanism. BMC Medicine. 2013;11:233. 

Mackey TK, Liang BA, Kohler J, Attaran A. The Fight over dot-health: Ensuring the Future of Health Information Online. The Lancet. 2013; 382:1404.

Mackey TK, Liang BA, Novotny T. Evolution of Tobacco Labeling and Packaging: Global Health Governance and International Legal Considerations. Am J Pub Health. 2013;103(4):e39-e43.

Mackey TK, Liang BA. A United Nations Global Health Panel for Global Health Governance. Soc Sci Med. 2013;76(1):12-15.

Mackey TK, Liang BA. Brain Drain: Exploring Resource Allocation to Address Health Worker Migration and Promote Global Health. Health Policy. 2012;107(1):66-73.

Liang BA, Mackey TK. Stem Cells, Dot-Com. Sci Trans Med. 2012;4(151):151cm9.

Mackey TK, Liang BA. Lessons from SARS and 2009 H1N1 influenza: Employing a WHO-WTO Forum to Promote Optimal Economic-Public Health Pandemic Response. J Pub Health Policy 2012;33(1):119-131.

Mackey TK, Liang BA. The Global Counterfeit Drug Trade: Patient Safety and Public Health Risks. J Pharm Sci. 2011;100(11):4571-4579.

Liang BA, Mackey TK. Prevalence and Global Health Implications of Social Media in Direct-to-Consumer Drug Advertising. J Med Internet Res. 2011;13(3):e64.

Liang BA,
Mackey TK. Reforming Direct-to-Consumer Advertising. Nature Biotech. 2011; 29(5):397-400.

Liang, BA,
Mackey TK. Direct to Consumer Advertising with Interactive Internet Media: Global Regulation and Public Health Issues. JAMA. 2011; 305(8):824-825.

Liang BA, Mackey TK. Reforming Off-Label Promotion to Enhance Orphan Disease Treatment. Science. 2010; 327(5963):273-274.

Liang BA, Mackey TK. Searching for Safety: Addressing Search Engine, Web site, and Provider Accountability for Illicit Online Drug Sales. Am J Law Med. 2009;35(1):125-184 [law review].

Key Statistics

h-index: 32
RG score: 41.88

Global Health Policy
Global Health
Health Technology
Big Data & Machine Learning
Blockchain Technology
Pharmaceutical Policy
Counterfeit Medicines
Health Marketing
Intellectual Property
Health Innovation
Health Diplomacy
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