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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Current Students

Meet some of our current students. Learn why students chose Hopkins, the research they’re pursuing and their experiences while in the program.  

Susan ChristiansenSusan Christiansen, PhD Student

Susan Christiansen is applying her passion for reproductive health and economics to her research. She hopes her dissertation will focus on making an economic argument for increased family planning access.

Rebecca Hamilton WhiteRebecca Hamilton White, MSPH Student

I chose JHSPH because of the PFRH department. I wanted to focus on Women’s Health while still having the support and opportunities to pursue coursework in epidemiological and biostatistical methods. The PFRH department provided both of these aspects that I was searching for in an MSPH program. My current research is in household air pollution in rural, high-altitude Peru. The project is focused on following women from pregnancy through their child’s second birthday to assess pregnancy-related outcomes, such as pre-eclampsia incidence and birth weight, and incidence of severe pneumonia in the child. In the PFRH MSPH program, I have been able to work with professors in the department on a literature review, take a wide range of methods courses, and gain international experience working on a public health project relevant to my interests.

Jessica JonesJessica JonesPhD student

I have a commitment to the health of children in the United States. My research to date has focused on critical child health issues such as breastfeeding, medical home access, systems of care for children with special health care needs, and autism. Through my work as a project officer at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, I expanded grant programs to increase analytic capacity among state and local MCH programs.  Additionally, I worked extensively to preserve and improve the National Survey for Children’s Health, as it provides invaluable data on the health of children within the United States.

Bolanle Olapeju

Bolanle OlapejuPhD student

I am passionate about the lives of women and children.  I have a background in clincial medicine which has been augmented with hands-on experience in designing, implementing and evaluating maternal and child public health programs domestically and internationally. My goal is to harness her skills as a perinatal health specialist to enable her to contribute to ongoing efforts to address perinatal health issues in the US with an emphasis on the high rate of preterm births.