0 Michael Ritter

Michael Ritter

Michael Ritter

Assistant Professor of International Development

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Global Issues
  • Issues in Development
  • NGO Management

Professional Experience/Achievements 

  • Received NationalScience Foundation (NSF) IGERT Fellowship in Water Diplomacy, which equips professionals to facilitate sustainable solutions to complex water problems involving scientific or sociopolitical uncertainty by synthesizing information across disciplinary boundaries
  • Co-founded and managed Deep Springs International, a non-profit that supports social enterprises that provide safe water in Haiti; drove its growth from a community-level pilot project to a national brand that partners with government, local, and international organizations; managed the transition to local management of the enterprise
  • Served as principal investigator on a grant (“Assessing and Leveraging Religious Health Assets for Safe Water Projects in Rural Haiti”) from Emory University’s Religion and Health Collaborative

Research Interests 

  • Evaluation of impacts and sustainability of development programs
  • Adoption of preventive health behaviors
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions in developing countries
  • Integration of faith and international development


  • Ritter M, Camille E, Velcine C, Guillaume RK, Lantagne D, 2017. Optimizing Household Chlorination Marketing Strategies: A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effect of Price and Promotion on Adoption in Haiti. Am J Trop Med Hyg 97, 271-280.
  • Wilner L, Wells E, Ritter M, Casimir JM, Chui K, Lantagne D, 2017. Sustained use in a relief-to-recovery household water chlorination program in Haiti: comparing external evaluation findings with internal supervisor and community health worker monitoring data. J WASH for Development 6.
  • Kaye JJ, Holstius D, Seto E, Eddy B, Ritter M. Using NFC phones to track water purification in Haiti. CHI ’12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 677-690.

Conference Presentations

  • Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh. Panel presentation for course titled “Global Health and the SDGs.” Feb. 2018.
  • University of North Carolina (UNC) Water and Health Conference. “An evaluation of the impact of subsidies on adoption of a complementary good.” Oct. 2017.
  • Tufts University Water Diplomacy Roundtable. “Cholera in Haiti: Why many efforts have failed, and how we can do better.” May 2017.
  • University of North Carolina (UNC) Water and Health Conference. “An evaluation of the impact of conditional in-kind incentives on chlorine adoption.” Oct. 2016.
  • CDC/PAHO/UNICEF Regional Coalition to End Cholera in Hispaniola. “Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Household Water Treatment.” Oct. 2016.
  • University of North Carolina (UNC) Water and Health Conference. “An evaluation of the effect of pricing and visits on chorine adoption in Haiti.” 2015.
  • WHO/UNICEF Household Water Treatment and Storage Annual Meeting. “Getting to the 3 Cs: Correct, Consistent and Continued use of Water Treatment.” Oct. 2014.
  • Unite for Sight Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University. “Social Enterprise Pitch: Local Production and Distribution of Chlorine in Haiti.” 2013.
  • University of North Carolina (UNC) Water and Health Conference. “Adoption of Household Chlorination in Emergency and Development Contexts.”  2012.
  • Water Environment Federation (WEF) Disinfection 2011. “Adoption of Household Chlorination Pre- and Post-emergency Response in Haiti.”  2011.
  • WHO/UNICEF Household Water Treatment and Storage Annual Meeting. “Promoting Adoption of Household Chlorination in Rural Haiti.” Sept. 2009.
  • Emory University Maps and Mazes Conference on Religion and Health. “Assessing and Leveraging Assets for Safe Water in Haiti.” May 2009.
  • Harvard University, Workshop: Scaling-Up Distribution of Water Treatment Technologies.“Scaling Up Local Chlorine Production in Haiti.” Dec. 2008.


  • Ph.D., Tufts University
  • MPH, Emory University
  • BS, Grove City College
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