Grace N. Njau, PhD, MPH

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Director, Special Projects & Health Analytics, North Dakota Department of Health
PI, North Dakota Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)
PI, North Dakota Study of Associated Risks of Stillbirth (SOARS) 



Doctor of Philosophy, Comparative & Experimental Medicine, 2022
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Master of Public Health, 2014
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Bachelor of Science, 2012
University of Colorado Denver


Grace N. Njau, PhD, MPH, is the Director of Special Projects and Health Analytics at the North Dakota Department of Health. She is also the Principal Investigator of the North Dakota Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System and the Study of Associated Risks of Stillbirth. Dr. Njau has extensive experience in perinatal research and has published and presented on various topics related to life-course epidemiology. She also serves on various boards and committees, including the North Dakota Maternal Mortality Review Committee and the University of North Dakota Public Health Program Advisory Committee.

Areas of Expertise

  • Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology
  • Research Methods & Statistics
  • Life-course Epidemiology

Selected Publications/Abstracts

1. Chandra Deb, L., Hove, H., Miller, T.K., Pinks, K., Njau, G., Hagan, J.J. and Jansen, R.J., 2022. Epidemiology of Hepatitis C virus infection among incarcerated populations in North Dakota. PloS one, 17(3), p.e0266047.

2. Njau G, Odoi A.  Investigation of Predictors of Newborn Screening Refusal in a Large Birth Cohort in North Dakota, USA. Maternal and Child Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi 10.1007/s10995-018-2598-7

3. Danielson, R., Njau, G., & McGrath, B. “Birth Outcomes Among North Dakota Women Who Tested Positive for COVID-19 During Pregnancy.” Poster and presentation at the 2022 Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL; June 2022.

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