M. Kumi Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

M. Kumi Smith

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-301-3051

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

Mailing Address:
1300 S 2nd St
Room 300 West Bank Office Building
Minneapolis, MN 55454

PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MPIA, Public and International Affairs, University of California San Diego

BA, History, Yale University


My research interests are in infectious disease epidemiology, clinic-based interventions, and patient-provider relations. I seek applications of epidemiological approaches to better adapt cutting-edge prevention tools, particularly for HIV and STD control, for use in resource-constrained settings. Most of my research to date is based in China.


HIV, syphilis, hepatitis C virus, other sexually transmitted infections, prevention science, interventions, LGBTQ+ health disparities, HIV stigma, marginalized populations, transmission dynamics, population mixing.



See full list of publications on PubMed

  • Smith, M.K., Powers, K.A., Muessig, K.E., Miller, W.C. and Cohen, M.S., 2012. HIV treatment as prevention: the utility and limitations of ecological observation. PLoS medicine, 9(7), p.e1001260.
  • Smith, M.K., Westreich, D., Liu, H., Zhu, L., Wang, L., He, W., Zhou, J., Miller, W.C., Cohen, M.S. and Wang, N., 2015. Treatment to prevent HIV transmission in serodiscordant couples in Henan, China, 2006 to 2012. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 61(1), pp.111-119.
  • Smith, M.K., Liu, H., Wang, J., He, W., Henderson, G.E., Miller, W.C. and Wang, N., 2017. Stigma, Sex and Family Life: Serodiscordance in Henan Province, China. In Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Couples with Mixed HIV Status: Beyond Positive/Negative (pp. 125-138). Springer, Cham.
  • Liu, C., Fu, R., Tang, W., Cao, B., Pan, S.W., Wei, C., Tucker, J.D. and Kumi Smith, M., 2018. Transplantation or rurality? Migration and HIV risk among Chinese men who have sex with men in the urban areas. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 21(1), p.e25039.
  • Smith, M. K., Graham, M., Latkin, C. A., Mehta, S. H., & Cummings, D. A. T. (2018). Quantifying potentially infectious sharing patterns among people who inject drugs in Baltimore, USA. Epidemiology & Infection, 146(14), 1845-1853.
  • Smith, M. K., Graham, M., Latkin, C. A., & Go, V. L. (2018). Using Contact Patterns to Inform HIV Interventions in Persons Who Inject Drugs in Northern Vietnam. Jaids Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 78(1), 1-8.