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Megha Ramaswamy, Ph.D., MPH


Education and Training

New York University: Bachelor of Arts, Journalism
University of Kansas School of Medicine: Master of Public Health
The Graduate Center, City University of New York: Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology

Research Interests

Incarceration and Health; Race, Class, Gender, and Health; Sex, Drugs, and Violence

My research has focused on how the intersection of urban living, race, class, and gender structure health and social risk for women and men involved in the criminal justice system. Current research addresses the social context for sexual and reproductive health risk among women leaving jail.

  • R01 CA181047: Sexual Health Empowerment for Cervical Health Literacy and Cancer Prevention
  • R21 CA204767: Correctional and Public Health Links to Bolster HPV Vaccine and Cancer Prevention
  • R03 CA162869: Understanding the Cervical Cancer Health Gap for Women in Jail
  • KL2TR000119-03: Social Context for Sexual Health Risk and Health Care Access among Women Leaving Jail
  • R01CA226838: Tri-City Cervical Cancer Prevention Study among Women in the Justice System



My approach to teaching is integrative and experiential — I draw a diverse group of students into my research as part of the pedagogical process, and use theory and fieldwork to impart sociological and public health principles to my students. In both of my MPH courses, I try to ground the students in sociological theory that helps explain social determinants of health, such as theory on intersectionality, inequality, and resistance. In both courses I send the students out for fieldwork to help them see theory in action, specifically in the field of public health. Class materials include a mix of theoretical work, ethnography, public health scholarly literature, documentary film, photography, and fiction. Course assignments reflect a similar level of diversity - writing research protocols, evaluation plans, film critiques, research papers, and short written and photo ethnographies.

  • PRVM 845:  Health, Society and Culture (MPH Students)
Last modified: Jul 09, 2020

Megha Ramaswamy, Ph.D., MPH


Megha Ramaswamy, Ph.D., MPH

Department of Population Health
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3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160

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