Laura Ferguson, PhD, SM, MA
Director, Program on Global Health & Human Rights
Associate Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences, Department of Preventive Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of USC
University of Southern California
Associate Editor, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters
Associate Editor, American Journal of Public Health
Location: SSB 318H
Telephone: (323) 442-7235
Laura Ferguson is an associate professor of population and public health sciences at the University of Southern California, the director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights and the director of research at the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health.
Her research focuses on understanding and addressing health system and societal factors affecting health and the uptake of health services as well as developing the evidence base of how attention to human rights can improve health outcomes. She is interested in innovative methodologies to better understand how societal-level interventions can improve health, and she has carried out many large-scale evaluations with this aim. She collaborates with a range of United Nations agencies as well as foundations, universities and non-governmental organizations in different countries. She has spent extended periods of time living and working in low-income countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work focuses primarily on HIV, sexual and reproductive health and child health.
She is also an associate editor for Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters and the American Journal of Public Health.
Laura Ferguson earned her SM in population and international health from the Harvard University School of Public Health and her PhD from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
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- The Health and Human Rights Oral History Project Launch (12/8/2022)
- Our Latest Newsletter (12/2/2022)
- Addressing the Long-Term Social and Economic Impacts of Dobbs: A View from Inside USC (11/16/2022)
- Addressing Healthy Aging as a Human Rights Issue (10/27/2022)
- Engaging with Law and Politics in a post-Roe World (10/19/2022)
- Embedding Equity in Global Health Financing and Diplomacy (10/12/2022)
- Abortion Services and Access in a post-Roe World (10/4/2022)
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