Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts


Saman Naz, MSPH

Doctoral Candidate: Department of Health Policy and Administration, Pennsylvania State University

I am a dual degree Demography and Health Policy PhD candidate at Penn State University. I have worked in the social development sector in Pakistan for over nine years, where I played a leading role in premier research and advocacy organizations. My current research is focused around themes within the broader area of global population health. I am particularly interested in understanding the impact of fertility levels on child health outcomes in low and middle income countries.

Current Work

  1. Studying reasons and consequences of high consanguinity rates in Pakistan
  2. Gender differences in parental investment for adolescents
  3. Studying the impact of contraception on birth spacing in low and middle income countries
  4. Association between religion and fertility in South Asia
  5. Studying the factors that impact early childhood malnutrition and how malnutrition effects children’s anthropometric and cognitive outcomes