Degrees & Programs

Huber, Sarah

PhD Candidate

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests
Reproductive health inequalities
Contraception and abortion
Fertility Preferences
Unintended pregnancy
Family planning programs and policies


Sarah Huber is a doctoral candidate whose research focuses on reproductive health outcomes and inequities in low- to middle-income countries. Her research pays particular attention to the development of innovative approaches to improve access to reproductive health services, specifically family planning. Huber’s dissertation, “Method-specific Barriers and facilitators: A Novel Evaluation of Modern Contraception in Rural Malawi,” is externally funded by the Society of Family Planning. Her dissertation examines the perceived barriers and benefits to modern contraceptive methods among women in the Umoyo wa Thanzi cohort study in rural Lilongwe, Malawi. Huber has published four articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given over 10 presentations at professional conferences. Selected publications in peer-reviewed journals include “The Relationship Between Ambivalent and Indifferent Pregnancy Desires and Contraceptive Use Among Malawian Women” and “Exploring Indian Surrogates’ Perceptions of the Ban on International Surrogacy.” She has independently taught courses in U.S. social welfare policy and social work ethics. In addition, she has received the 2017 OSU Institute for Population Research Summer Dissertation Fellowship, 2016 Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Grant, 2015 Council of Graduate Students Career Development Grant and 2013 College of Social Work Public Policy Fund Award. Huber is expected to graduate in May 2018