Francis Barchi, Ph.D.

Francis Barchi

Associate Professor
PhD, Social Welfare, M.B.E. Bioethics, MSc Non-Profit Leadership, University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Smith College
Research Interests
  • Gender-based violence and women’s health in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ethical issues in international research
  • Capacity-building in research ethics in low- and middle-income countries

Francis Barchi is an associate professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy and a core member of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University. In addition, she is an affiliated member of the School of Medicine Faculty at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, she was a senior fellow in the Center for Medical Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Barchi’s work focuses on ethical issues in global health as well as the individual, household, and community factors that influence women’s and girl’s health in southern Africa. Her research interests in Africa include violence against women and children, capacity-building in research ethics education in low- and middle-income countries, and ethical issues in international research. She is currently the Director of Curriculum for an NIH-funded program in Guatemala where she and her colleagues are training physicians and research faculty at universities and research centers to serve as teaching faculty in biomedical ethics. Recently, she has begun two funded studies in Kenya that focus on social and structural factors that influence women’s health. A committed educator, Dr. Barchi teaches at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels both at Rutgers and internationally, using case-based and active learning techniques to teach global health and biomedical ethics.

Current Projects

  • Global public health: Planetary perspectives of human health
  • Medical Ethics
  • Research ethics
  • Responsible conduct of research

Recent Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • 2020: Barchi, F., Winter, S.C., Mbogo, D., Thomas, B., & Ammerman, B. (2020). Exploring the relationship between participation in an adult-women’s soccer league and intimate partner violence in rural Kenya. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • 2019: Aguilera, M. L., Martinez-Siekavizza, S. N., & Barchi, F. (2019). Building a practical curriculum in clinical ethics for undergraduate medical students (PRACTICE): A case study from Guatemala. Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development. DOI: 10.1177/2382120519869207
  • 2019: Not just any toilet–women’s solutions to sanitation in informal settlements in Nairobi; Winter, S., Barchi, F. & Dzombo, M. N., Jan 2 2019, In : Development in Practice. 29, 1, p. 15-25 11 p.
  • 2019: Women’s sanitation practices in informal settlements: A multi-level analysis of factors influencing utilisation in Nairobi, Kenya; Winter, S., Dreibelbis, R. & Barchi, F., May 4 2019, In : Global Public Health. 14, 5, p. 663-674 12 p.
  • 2019: Barchi, F. & Winter, S. C. (2019). Non-partner violence in Sub-Saharan Africa and the built environment: A multi-country analysis of the effects of sanitation, water, access, and urban settings. Violence Against Women, in On-line First, 1-19. DOI: 10.1177/1077801219853370.
  • 2019: Barchi, F., Winter, S. C., Ramaphane, P. & Dougherty, D.(2019). The role of self-efficacy in women’s health-seeking behaviors in northwestern Botswana. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 30(2), 653-667.
  • 2019: Barchi, F., Winter, S. C., Ketsoghile, F. M., & Ramogola-Masire, D. (2019). Adherence to screening appointments in a cervical cancer clinic serving HIV-positive women in Botswana. BMC Public Health,19, 318. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-6638-z
  • 2019: Winter, S.C., Dzombo, M., Dreibelbis, R., Barchi, F. (2019). A mixed-methods study of women’s sanitation utilization practices in Mathare Valley, Kenya. PLoS ONE,14(3): e0214114. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0214114
  • 2019: Winter, S. C., Dzombo, M. N., & Barchi. F. (2019) Exploring the complex relationship between women’s sanitation practices and diarrhea in the slums of Nairobi. BMC Infectious Diseases,19:242. DOI: 10.1186/s12879-019-3875-9. Contribution: Conceptualization (10).
  • 2019: Martinez-Seikavizza, S. N., & Barchi, F. (2019). A pilot survey of shared decision-making among orthopedic surgeons and their patients in Guatemala. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 101, e35(1-8). DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.18.006502018: Winter, S. C., Dreibelbis, R., & Barchi, F. (2018). Women’s sanitation practices in informal settlements: A multi-level analysis of factors influencing utilization in Nairobi, Kenya. Global Public Health, doi: 10.1080/17441692.2018.1534256
  • 2018: Dougherty, D., Winter, S., Haig, A., Ramaphane, P., & Barchi, F. (2018). Intimate partner violence and women’s health-seeking behaviors in northwestern Botswana. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, 29(3), 864-880. Project MUSE,
  • 2018: Winter, S.C., Dzombo, M. N., & Barchi, F. (2018). Neighborhood disorganization and women’s sanitation practices in Mathare Valley, Kenya. Environment and Behavior, 1-33. doi: 10.1177/0013916518782577.
  • 2018: Barchi, F. (2018) Priority setting in public health: A lesson in ethics and hard choices. CourseSource. doi: 10.24918/cs.2018.5.
  • 2018: Winter, S. C., Dzombo, M., Dreibelbis, R., Barchi, F. (2018). Drivers of women’s sanitation practices in informal settlements in sub-Saharan Africa: A qualitative study in Mathare Valley, Kenya. International Journal of Environmental Health Research doi: 10.1080/09693123.2018.1497778.
  • 2018: Winter, S. C., Barchi, F., & Dzombo, M. N. (2018). Not just any toilet —Women’s solutions to sanitation in informal settlements in Nairobi. Development in Practice. doi: 10.1080/09614524.2018.1519013
  • 2018: Barchi, F., Winter, S.C., Dougherty, D., & Ramaphane, P. (2018). Intimate partner violence against women in Botswana: The Maun Women’s Study. Violence Against Women, 1-19. doi: 10.1177/1077801218755976
  • 2018: Barchi, F., Winter, S., Dougherty, D., Ramaphane, P. & Solomon, P. (2018). Depressive symptoms and their association with intimate partner violence against women in northwestern Botswana. Journal on Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260518792986.
  • 2017: Winter, S. C., Dreibelbis, D., & Barchi, F. (2017). Context matters: A multi-country analysis of Individual- and neighborhood-level factors associated with women’s sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Tropical Medicine and International Health. Early view publication. doi: 10.1111/tmi.13016
  • 2016: Barchi, F., Deng, G., Huang, C., Isles, C., Vikse, J. (2016). Private wealth, philanthropy, and social development: Case studies from the United States and China. The China Nonprofit Review, 8:215-248. doi: 10.1163/18765149-12341314
  • 2016: Barchi, F., & Little, M.  (2016). National ethics guidance in Sub-Saharan Africa on the collection and use of human biological specimens: a systematic review. BMC Medical Ethics, 17:64. doi: 10.1186/S12910-016-0146-9
  • 2015: Barchi, F. & Winter S. (2015). The undergraduate as global citizen: A survey of student attitudes and engagement on global issues. Annals of Global Health, p. 15. doi: 10.1016/aogh.2015.02.549 
  • 2015: Barchi, F., Matlhagela, K., Jones, N., Kebaabetswe, P. M., & Merz, J. F. (2015) “The keeping is the problem”: A qualitative study of IRB-member perspectives in Botswana on the collection, use, and storage of human biological samples for research. BMC Medical Ethics, 16:54. doi: 10.1186/s12910-015-0047-3.
  • 2015: Winter, S. C., & Barchi, F. (2015). Access to sanitation and violence against women: Evidence from Demographic Health Survey (DHS) data in Kenya. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. doi: 10.1080/09603123.2015.111130
  • 2015: Barchi, F., & Little, M. T., National ethics guidance in Sub-Saharan Africa on the collection and use of human biological specimens: a systematic review. doi: 10.1186/s12910-016-0146-9

Areas of Expertise: Public HealthGlobal Health, Medical Ethics