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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Sexual and Reproductive HealthVision Statement

We consider SRH as a process, informed by the intersection of biological, psychosocial and cognitive factors at the individual level and by social norms, health systems and political regulation at the societal level. SRH encompasses a spectrum of health concerns, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV, unintended pregnancy and abortion, sexual violence and sexual dysfunction.

The focal area in SRH combines research, scholarship, coursework and practicum experiences to improve SRH outcomes locally and globally and to train the next generation of leaders.


Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) has been a cornerstone area of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health from the beginning. The work of Melvin Zelnik and Jack Kantner in the 50s and 60s set the stage for more than a half century of domestic and international work. Since that time the department's work has spanned the globe.

In 1999, Laurie Zabin and Henry Mosley established the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health with collaborations throughout sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia. The Institute’s mission is to build SRH research and programmatic capacity in developing countries.

The department’s SRH research extends beyond that to the exploration of a range of health concerns related to sexual activity, domestically and internationally. Department faculty carry out research related to sexual violence and lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) issues, social disparities in contraceptive behaviors and abortion research, and adolescent sexual reproductive health research in locations from Shanghai to Baltimore. Today, our faculty lead the way in men’s sexual health in the United States as well as adolescent transitions and formation of gender norms in 10 countries around the world. They also inform the development of policy, programs and practice through research, public education, and evidence-based advocacy.