Jennifer A. Wagman

Dr. Jennifer Wagman earned her PhD in Reproductive, Perinatal and Women’s Health and her Master’s degree of Health Science in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and a Bioethics and Health Policy Certificate from the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Her postdoctoral training, completed at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, was in alcohol and substance use, HIV and related infections. Since 2000, Dr. Wagman has collaborated with the Rakai Health Sciences Program to: examine the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV), reproductive health and HIV infection; create protocols for safe and ethical research on interpersonal violence; and lead intervention research to find effective, combination IPV and HIV prevention approaches in rural Uganda. More recently, Dr. Wagman expanded her research in Uganda to focus on the epidemiology of alcohol use and its association with IPV and HIV transmission, and throughout sub-Saharan Africa to examine the science of implementing proven successful violence and HIV prevention approaches. In California, Dr. Wagman leads UC Speaks Up, a public health research project to address and prevent sexual assault and dating violence on three University of California campuses. Since 2016, she has been the Director of Violence Prevention Research with the 10-campus UC Global Health Institute Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment Center of Expertise.


  • PhD, Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • MHS, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • BA, Animal Behavior, Bucknell University, Lewisberg, PA

Areas of Interest

  • Social epidemiology
  • Qualitative research
  • Research ethics
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Campus-based sexual assault and dating violence
  • Congenital syphilis
  • Alcohol and substance use problems
  • Global health
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights

Selected Publications