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Whitney  Rice

Asst Professor

Assistant Professor

Faculty, Behavioral/Social/Health Educ

Whitney S. Rice, DrPH, MPH is a Rollins Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH), and Director of the Center for Reproductive Health Research in the Southeast (RISE). Dr. Rice leverages training and transdisciplinary expertise from health care organization and policy, health services research, and maternal and child health disciplines in the pursuit of greater equity in sexual and reproductive health outcomes, care delivery, and scholarship. Her research program to date has examined social and structural challenges and opportunities (e.g., stigma, discrimination, policy change) for equitable  psychosocial and health outcomes as well as healthcare access and use, particularly in family planning, HIV prevention, and perinatal health settings. Dr. Rice is committed to lived experience -centered production and translation of scientific evidence, and to the mentorship and inclusion of trainees in this work. In recognition of these efforts, she was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Young Professional Award by the American Public Health Association Sexual and Reproductive Health Section and the inaugural RSPH Faculty Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Award in 2023.

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Atlanta , GA 30322


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Areas of Interest

  • Health Disparities
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Research
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Reproductive Health


  • BS 2010, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MPH 2012, Emory University
  • DrPH 2016, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Postdoctoral Research Traineeship 2018, University of Alabama at Birmginham

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