Reproductive and Sexual Health Initiative

Who We Are

Our Mission and Goals

reproductive and sexual health initiatative logo Welcome to the Reproductive and Sexual Health Initiative. The initiative is a collaborative endeavor among reproductive and sexual health scholars across Ohio University campuses and external health-related organizations.

The mission of the initiative is to advance the field of reproductive and sexual health by fostering interdisciplinary research, community outreach, education and scholarly activities by faculty at Ohio University in collaboration with academic institutions and community-based organizations from around the world.  One of our core values is to train the next generation of reproductive and sexual researchers by including and mentoring undergraduate, graduate, and junior faculty in every aspect of the research process.

Core Faculty

Tania Basta, PhD., MPH, CHES

Caroline Kingori, PhD., MPH, CHES

Zelalem Haile, PhD., MPH

Affiliate Faculty Partners

Kay-Anne Darlington, PhD

Shannon Nicks, PhD., MPH

Illana Chertok, PhD., RN, IBCLC

Jody M Gerome, DO

Jane Broecker, MD


Academic Offerings

The following course(s) are offered by the Department of Social and Public Health and are affiliated with the Initiative:

Seminar Courses

Check back soon for more info on seminar courses.

Graduate Courses

HLTH 6930: Independent Study
This course offers advanced individual creative and scholarly work in health services administration and closely related fields. The 1-6-credit graduate independent study course is taught by the Master of Public Heath faculty. Email program coordinator Tania Basta ( for more information.

Contact Us

Reproductive and Sexual Health Initiative

Grover Center W347

Mailing Address:
1 Ohio University
Department of Social and Public Health, Athens, OH 45701
Office Phone: 740-593-4680
Office Fax: 740-593-5555