DR Meghan Bohren

DR Meghan Bohren


  • Gender and health
  • Health inequalities
  • Maternal health
  • Reproductive health
  • Women's health



  • Meghan Bohren is a Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Health in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She currently leads research projects working to improve women’s experiences with pregnancy and childbirth care in low- and middle-income countries. This includes primary mixed-methods research on the mistreatment of women during childbirth and respectful maternity care in Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea and Myanmar, and implementation research promoting labor companionship and reducing unnecessary caesarean section in Thailand and Myanmar. Meghan is also an Associate Editor with Cochrane’s Effective Practice and Organization of Care (EPOC) review group, where she focuses on systematic reviews impacting populations and systems in low- and middle-income countries, and methodological research related to qualitative evidence syntheses. She is also a co-coordinator of the CERQual (Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative Research) coordinating group. Meghan teaches post-graduate courses on Gender and Health, and Health Inequalities. Prior to coming to University of Melbourne, Meghan worked as a researcher at the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Reproductive Health and Research (Switzerland), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (USA), University of Medical Sciences and Technology (Sudan), and Population Services International (USA). She has led and collaborated on research projects in Sudan, Ghana, Guinea, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria, India, Myanmar, Thailand and USA.   


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Additional Grant Information

  • Implementing companion of choice during labour and childbirth and Robson classification, awarded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 2019; Reaching full potential - Identifying Effective Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for young people in Australia, awarded by Economic and Social Participation Research Initiative Hallmark Seed Funding Scheme 2018; Better Outcomes in Labour Difficulty (BOLD), awarded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2013-2017; How women are treated during facility-based childbirth in 4 countries, awarded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 2013-2019    


Education and training

  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University 2016
  • MSPH, Johns Hopkins University 2012
  • BA, College of William & Mary 2008

Awards and honors

  • Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, 2016
  • Bernard & Jane Guyer Scholarship in Maternal & Child Health, 2015
  • Caroline Cochran Scholarship in Population and Reproductive Health, 2014
  • Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health PhD departmental scholarship, 2013
  • Gates Institute for Population & Reproductive Health, 2011
  • Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health MSPH departmental scholarship, 2010
  • American Institute for Foreign Study International Scholarship, 2006


Available for supervision

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