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Associate Research Professor

Rosemary Morgan, PhD, MSc, studies the role of gender inequities on health, health systems, and public health interventions, with a focus on women’s health and wellbeing.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E8616

Research Interests

Gender; gender analysis; health systems; health policy; global health; sexual and reproductive health; qualitative research

Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Leeds
University of Edinburgh
University of British Columbia

Rosemary Morgan is an Associate Research Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of International Health. She is the Associate Chair in Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Equity (IDARE) for the International Health Department. She co-directs the Gender and Health Summer Institute and Coordinates the Gender and Health Certificate at JHSPH.

Dr. Morgan is recognized as a specialist in gender analysis in health and health systems research, interventions, and programs. She specializes in women's health and wellbeing, women's leadership, and gender bias in health research and science.

Dr. Morgan is the Primary Investigator on the Monitoring for Action and Learning (MAGE) project, which seeks to support gender-responsive M&E within the Global Financing Facility (GFF) and more broadly, and is a co-PI on a project exploring the impact of women leaders in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. She also leads the Sex and Gender Analysis Core for the NIH funded Sex and Age Differences in Immunity to Influenza (SADII) Center. Additional projects include: a qualitative gender analysis of patient experiences of Long COVID, and a qualitative study exploring COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among pregnant individuals. She also works as a Gender Consultant for the Global Center for Gender Equality.

Previously, she was a co-primary investigator on a project exploring the gendered effects of COVID-19 in Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria, DRC, and Brazil supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Co-primary investigator for the project Risk and Resilience in the Health Workforce: Understanding and Supporting the Experiences of Women Health Workers during COVID-19, supported by the BC Women’s Health Foundation; Advisor on a CIHR funded project exploring the gendered effects of COVID-19 in Canada, the UK, China, and Hong Kong; Gender Advisor for Rapid Mortality Mobile Phone Surveys during COVID-19, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) advisor for the UK Partnerships for Health Systems programme (UKPHS); GESI advisor for Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems Consortium (ReLAB-HS), supported by USAID; Advisor on TDR funded projects exploring the intersectional gendered effects of infectious diseases of poverty in Nepal and Uganda. She previously led “Research in Gender and Ethics (RinGs): Building Stronger Health Systems”, a project which brought together four research networks encompassing 17 institutions across 25 countries in a partnership to galvanize gender and ethics analysis in health systems research.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins Rosemary was a Lecturer in Global Health Policy for the Global Public Health Unit (GPHU) at the University of Edinburgh, and a Research and Teaching Fellow at the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development at the University of Leeds, where she worked on two international health projects: HESVIC - Health System Stewardship and Regulation in Vietnam, India and China, and CHEPSAA – Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa.

She holds a PhD in International Health and Development from the University of Leeds, where she explored HIV/AIDS prevention policy processes within faith-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Tanzania.

Rosemary currently teaches a course on Gender Analysis in Health Research and Interventions at JHSPH and co-teaches a course on Foundations in Gender and Health. She also co-instructs the course Health Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. She leads the Gender and Health Certificate and JHSPH and is co-Director of the Gender and Health Summer Institute.

While at the University of Edinburgh, Rosemary was the Program Director for MSc Global Health and Public Policy and the course convener for Population Health and Health Policy, and Human Rights and Health at GPHU. She has experience teaching on a number of different global health courses, including health systems and sexual and reproductive health.

Honors & Awards

Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Nominated and selected for list of Canadian Women Leaders in Global Health, CSIH, 2018, 2020

Selected for list of 300 Women Leaders in Global Health, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, 2014

Full-Time Leeds Institute of Health Sciences Research Scholarship, University of Leeds, 2007-2010

Queen Elizabeth II British Columbia Centennial Scholarship, 2006-2007

Peter Loeffler Memorial Reward, University of British Columbia, 2006-2007

Undergraduate Scholar Program Scholarship, University of British Columbia, 2004-2005

Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation Excellence Award, 2001-2004

British Columbia Provincial University Entrance Scholarship, 2001

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Recent Publications

  • Wenham, C., Smith, J., Davies, S. E., Feng, H., Grépin, K. A., Harman, S., … Morgan, R. (2020). Women are most affected by pandemics — lessons from past outbreaks. Nature, 583(7815), 194–198.

  • Morgan, R, and Klein, S. (2019). “The Intersection of Sex and Gender in the Treatment of Influenza.” Current Opinion in Virology 35: 35–41. doi:10.1016/J.COVIRO.2019.02.009.

  • Morgan, R., Ayiasi RM, Barman D, et al. (2018). Gendered health systems: evidence from low- and middle-income countries. Health Research Policy and Systems 16: 58.

  • Morgan R, Dhatt R, Kharel C, Muraya K. A Patchwork Approach to Gender Equality weakens the SDGs: Time for Cross Cutting Action. Global Health Promotion. 2020;

  • Morgan, R., George, A., Ssali, S., Hawkins, K., Molyneux, S., & Theobald, S. (2016). How to do (or not to do)… gender analysis in health systems research. Health Policy and Planning, 31(8), 1069–1078.

Monitoring and Action for Gender and Equity (MAGE)