Herbert Peterson, MD


Kenan Distinguished Professor
Maternal and Child Health
Obstetrics and Gynecology

WHO Collaborating Center for Research Evidence
Sexual & Reproductive Health


407A Rosenau
Campus Box 7445
Chapel Hill 27599-7445
T: 919-962-6310
F: 919-966-0458


University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
MD, Medicine

Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH
BA, Biology

Research activities

Dr. Peterson’s major research interests are the at interface of clinical medicine and public health and have focused on reproductive health. His focus in this regard has been assuring that policies, programs and practices in reproductive health are based on the best available science with an emphasis on the value of interdisciplinary approaches, including implementation science.


Peterson HB, Darmstadt GL, Bongaarts J (2013)
Meeting the unmet need for family planning: now is the time.
Lancet: vol 381(9879), p. 1696-9.

Peterson HB, Cates W Jr. (2013)
Evidence-based medicine in action: the United States selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use.
Contraception vol.87(5), p.509-10.

Peterson HB, Haidar J, Merialdi M, Say L, Gulmezoglu AM, Fajans PJ, et al (2012)
Preventing maternal and newborn deaths globally: using innovation and science to address challenges in implementing life-saving interventions.
Obstetrics and Gynecology: vol.120(3) p.636-42.

Horton R, Peterson HB (2012)
The rebirth of family planning
Lancet: vol.380(9837) p.77.

Cleland J, Conde-Agudelo A, Peterson HB, Ross J, Tsui A (2012)
Contraception and health.
Lancet: vol.380(9837), p.149-56.

Peterson HB, d’Arcangues C, Haidar J, Curtis KM, Merialdi M, Gulmezoglu AM, Say L, Mbizvo M (2011)
Accelerating science-driven solutions to challenges in global reproductive health: a new framework for moving forward.
Obstetrics and Gynecology: vol.117(3), p.720-6.

Peterson HB (2011)
U.S. medical eligibility criteria.
Contraceptive Technology: vol.20 ed, p.75-99.