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Constance Newman, MPH, MSW

Constance J. Newman, MPH, MSW

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health

Constance Newman is a global public health leader with 32 years experience in global and country projects specializing in family planning, reproductive health, human resources for health, HIV/AIDS, primary health care, child survival, environmental sanitation, developmental disabilities and refugee resettlement.

She has worked at IntraHealth International for 30 years, including 15 years as senior team leader for gender equality and health, and 16 years in monitoring, evaluation and research.

Newman has worked in East and West Africa, Central/Latin America, Asia, the Near East and the Pacific regions. Newman’s technical assistance and research include improving health worker response to gender-based violence; integrating gender in HIV/AIDS programs; educating health workers and communities to prevent female genital mutilation; preventing workplace violence and gender discrimination; and involving men in community-based HIV/AIDS care and support.

Teaching Interests

Newman teaches in maternal and child health and global health. Lectures include:

  1. Gender and Migration (Fall 2012)
  2. Advocacy and Activism to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence (Fall 2013, 2014)
  3. Global Sexual and Reproductive Health: What's Gender Got To Do With It (Spring 2014, 2015)
  4. Gender-Based Violence and Psychosocial Health (Fall 2014, 2015)

Research Activities

Newman's current research focuses on gender in organizations and the gender drivers of disrespect and abuse of pregnant and laboring women.

Service Activities

Newman is Chair of the Triangle Global Health Consortium's Gender Working Group, which is working to integrate gender in global public health programs in the Triangle area.


MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, 1984

MSW, Social Work, University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community planning, 1976

BA, Psychology, George Washington University, 1973

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