Nathan Maclyn Thielman


Professor of Medicine

Broadly, my research focuses on a range of clinical and social issues that affect persons living with or at risk for HIV infection in resource-poor settings. In Tanzania, our group is applying novel methods to optimize HIV testing uptake among high-risk groups. We recently demonstrated that the Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE), a form of stated preference survey research, is a robust tool for identifying (a) which characteristics of HIV testing options are most preferred by different populations and (b) which tradeoffs individuals make in evaluating testing options. Building on more than a decade of productive HIV testing research in the Kilimanjaro Region, the next phase of our NIMH funded project will test the hypothesis that DCE-derived HIV testing options significantly increases rates of testing among groups at high risk for HIV infection. This work holds promise not only for optimizing HIV testing uptake in the Kilimanjaro Region, but also for applying novel tools in the service of translational epidemiology and implementation research.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Research Professor of Global Health
  • Professor of Pathology

Contact Information:

  • Office Location: 310 Trent Drive, Room 201, Trent Hall, Durham, NC 27710
  • Office Phone: (919) 668-7174


  • University of Virginia, 1996
  • Duke University, 1993
  • M.D. Duke University, 1990
  • M.P.H. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • Excellence in Mentoring. Duke Global Health Institute. 2012
  • Traditional Fulbright Scholarship. Council for International Exchange of Scholars. 2003

Courses Taught:

  • GLHLTH 781: Ungraded Research in Global Health
  • GLHLTH 791: Independent Study in Global Health

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