Laurel A. Spielberg is both an epidemiologist and a social worker, with particular interests in the health of women and children. She has spent over 35 years in a wide variety of positions in public health and social work in both the US and Canada, as faculty at schools of public health and as an epidemiologist for city, county, and provincial (Canadian) health departments. She has taught epidemiology, public health, and maternal and child health, and developed educational curricula focused on global maternal and child health and public health issues as faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, the Drexel University School of Public Health, and most recently as faculty in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. She consults for governments and private organizations on the organization and development of public health programs and services for women and children. Her areas of expertise are reproductive health, maternal and child health, community-based epidemiology, the impacts of social and environmental factors on health, and the planning and evaluation of health and social service programs. She is co-editor of a forthcoming (Spring 2011) book, Africa: A Practical Guide for Global Health Workers.
She is a graduate of Douglass College (Rutgers University) and received a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago, and MPH and Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) degrees from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.