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

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:

Select 6 credits from the list below

GH 530 The GEMMA Seminar: 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) 3
GH 569 Population Dynamics, International Development and Health (Fall) 3
GH 585 Gender-Based Violence in Global Perspective (Alt.Spring) 3

2019 -SRP Curriculum Plan



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:

  • Critique current sexual and reproductive or population health policies or programs
  • Discern quality or appropriateness of data sources to measure sexual and reproductive health or population issues

  • Apply methods to measure fertility, its regulation, mortality, or migration

  • Develop a policy or project to address a sexual and reproductive health or population problem

  • Propose recommendations to address fertility, its regulation, mortality or migration


Connect with our concentration leaders 

Roger Rochat, MD                
Phone: (404) 712 9506            

Solveig Cunningham, PhD
Phone: (404) 727 6486