Sexual and Reproductive Health and Population Studies

The concentration in sexual and reproductive health and population studies addresses current domestic and global issues in these domains using anthropological, demographic, epidemiological, ethnographic, and applied behavioral methods. Students and faculty in the concentration explore a range of topics in three core population areas:

(1) Reproductive Health: includes fertility, family planning, abortion, women's and children's health
(2) Sexual Health: includes gender identity, sexuality, sexual health and behavior, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS
(3) Population Studies: includes aging and mortality, life-course and chronic disease, migration, family and social networks, and population and economic development

See a list of sexual and reproductive health and population studies faculty 

The concentration prepares students for programmatic or research work in these fields, according to their personal career objectives. Students who wish to pursue a programmatic focus develop competencies in public health policy and program management or evaluation. All students are encouraged to learn methods of data collection and analysis relevant to cross-cultural analysis.

Every effort is made to have students gain an interdisciplinary perspective on sexual and reproductive health and population studies. Interdisciplinary courses are offered within the department, and students are encouraged to seek courses from other departments in the school and University. This concentration also maintains close ties with CARE and with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with which some of the world's foremost scientists in the field of reproductive health are affiliated. A number of these scientists play an important role in the concentration by serving as course lecturers and by mentoring students. 

In addition to the department requirements outlined here, this concentration requires:

Six + credits required from the list below:

Course #Course Title (semester offered)Credits
GH 530 The Global Elimination of Maternal Mortality from Abortion (Spring) 2
GH 541 Technology of Fertility Control (Fall) 2
GH 559 Gender and Global Health (Alt. Spring) offered in Spring 2018 3
GH 569 Population and Development (Fall) 2
GH 586  Gender-Based Violence (Alt. Spring) - Spring 2019 3

Suggested Electives

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
GH 502 Survey Research Methods 2
GH 503 Applied Survey Methodology 3
GH 507  Health as Social Justice 3
GH 515 Transforming Public Health Surveillance 3
GH 539 Reproductive Health Program Management 2
GH 546 Maternal aand Child Nutrition 2
GH 550 Epidemiology and Dynamics of STD/HIV Transmission 2
GH 560 Monitoring and Evaluating Global Health Programs 3
GH 563 AIDS: Global Public Health Implication 2
GH 593 Topics in Religion and Health: Sexual and Reproductive Health 2
BIOS 501 Statistical Methods II 4
EPI 516 Translating Epi for Decision Making: Issues in Women’s Health 2
EPI 534 Epidemiologic Methods II 3
EPI 565 Data Sources and Utilization in MCH Epi 2
EPI 746 Reproductive Epidemiology 2
NRSG 614 Human Lactation and Breastfeeding Management 3

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Population Studies Faculty 

Read about faculty who teach sexual and reproductive health and population studies courses or conduct research in this concentration area by clicking on the names below. 


Upon completion of the MPH in global health and the concentration in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Population Studies, the graduate will be able to:

  • Assess the major forces that influence the health of populations around the world.
  • Critique major global priorities and the reasons for their prioritization.
  • Critique the evidence for improving health delivery systems and health statuses of individuals, communities, and populations around the world.
  • Design programs, policies and/or interventions intended to improve health services and health status of individuals, communities, and populations.
  • Conduct research, including formulation of specific research aim, conducting a literature review and formulating a hypothesis and selecting appropriate methodologies related to the emphasis.
  • Compose a written scientific thesis that is consistent with department guidelines and relevant writing style sources.
  • Present the key methods, findings, and public health implications of research on a poster and verbally communicate it to an audience of public health professionals.
  • Critique current population, sexual, reproductive health policies and programs at local, national, and global levels.
  • Discern quality and appropriateness of data sources to measure sexual, reproductive health, and population issues.
  • Apply demographic, epidemiologic, and anthropologic methods to measure population change and population patterns at local, national, and global levels.
  • Develop a policy, project, or program to address a sexual, reproductive health or population problem.
  • Propose recommendations to improve sexual, reproductive health, or population change issue.
  • Compare the theoretical, use effectiveness, and relative cost of different methods of fertility regulation.
  • Compare the patterns and determinants of use of fertility regulations methods.