Global Women's Health

Department of Ob/Gyn

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is committed to improve the health of women both in our community and around the world.  Our faculty are actively engaged in many organizations and research dedicated to improving women's health in Africa, South America and Asia.  We currently investigate: preterm birth; hypertension in pregnancy (preeclampsia); pregnancy outcomes and acceptance of mobile health applications; ultrasound in pregnancy; family planning; infectious diseases; sexually transmitted infections; vaccine development and coverage; and community health.  Our faculty also provide medical training in low-resource settings where expertise is not available.  Specific contributions of each faculty member to global health are highlighted here.  We are particularly proud of the work by Dr. Jennifer Unger to study acceptance of mobile health applications by pregnant women in Kenya. 

Residents in our department frequently take a Global Health elective to gain first-hand experience in pregnancy care and women's health in Naivasha, Kenya.


Faculty Involvement Internationally

Our faculty participate in research and policy initiatives in more than a dozen countries.
In collaboration with the UW School of Public Health and the Department of Global Health, this involvement is growing rapidly.


Photos by Dr. Tracy Irwin