Saman Naz, MSPH

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

Acharya Y., Luke N., Naz S. & Sharma D.(2020). Exposure to conflict-related violence and nutritional status of children in Iraq, SSM – Population Health. Volume 11, August 2020.

Acharya Y, Naz S, Galway LP and Jones AD. (2020). Deforestation and Household- and Individual-Level Double Burden of Malnutrition in Sub-saharan Africa. Front. Sustain. Food Syst. 4:33.

Naz S, Memon AS, Haque M, Nadeem U, Jamal G and Khan A. (2016). Pakistan District Education Rankings 2016. Alif Ailaan and Sustainable Development Policy Institute. Islamabad, Pakistan.

Naz S, Pastakia F. (2014). 25 Million Broken Promises: The crisis of Pakistan’s out-of-school children. Alif Ailaan. Islamabad, Pakistan.

Naz S, Mahmood A. (2012). Contraceptive use dynamics in Pakistan 2008-09. Population Council. Islamabad, Pakistan.

“Medicaid Expansion and Financial Barriers to Care: A Difference-in-Differences Analysis”, Academy Health Annual Research Meeting June-2019, Washington, DC.

“Declining Contraceptive Prevalence in Pakistan: Evidence from FALAH Intervention”, Population Association of America meeting April-2019, Austin, TX.

“Low Cost Private Schooling in Pakistan: A Panacea or Delusion” IUSSP International Population Conference 2017, Cape Town, South Africa.

“How Much Can Improvement in Contraceptive Continuation Rates Raise Prevalence in Pakistan” IUSSP International Population Conference 2013, Busan South Korea.

“Contraceptive Switching in Pakistan”, Asian Population Association meeting, August-2012 Bangkok, Thailand.

“Will Contraceptive Use Go up if Pakistani Couples Keep Talking?”, Population Association of America meeting May-2012, San Francisco, CA.

“Contraceptive Use Dynamics in Pakistan”, International Family Planning Conference, 2011 Dakar, Senegal.

“Weak Commitment to Modern Contraceptive Methods— A Reason for Low Prevalence in Pakistan?”, Population Association of America, 2011 Washington, DC.