Sohail Agha

Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology



PhD Population Dynamics, Johns Hopkins University, 1996
BA Anthropology, Yale University, 1989




Sohail Agha, PhD, is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For the past 20+ years, Dr. Agha has straddled academia and practice to evaluate and improve the application of behavior change interventions in public health programs. He has conducted evaluations of behavior change interventions in HIV/AIDS, family planning and reproductive health, and in maternal and child health. He has conducted these evaluations in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia while working with academic institutions and implementing organizations. At the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Sohail’s role has been to increase the effective application of behavioral science theory and practice to development projects. Sohail is extremely interested in introducing continuous learning approaches in public health and in furthering the application of models of behavior change that can be easily understood and widely adopted by development generalists. Sohail obtained a Bachelors in Anthropology from Yale University in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Population Dynamics from Johns Hopkins University in 1996.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Drivers of COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake amongst Healthcare Workers (HCWs) in Nigeria.
(2021 Oct 11)
Vaccines (Basel) 9(10):
Agha S, Chine A, Lalika M, Pandey S, Seth A, Wiyeh A, Seng A, Rao N, Badshah A

How Donors Can Collaborate to Improve Reach, Quality, and Impact in Social and Behavior Change for Health.
(2021 Jun 30)
Glob Health Sci Pract 9(2): 246-253
Harbour C, Hempstone H, Brasington A, Agha S

Understanding how social norms affect modern contraceptive use.
(2021 Jun 4)
BMC Public Health 21(1): 1061
Agha S, Morgan B, Archer H, Paul S, Babigumira JB, Guthrie BL

Using 'Theories of Change' and responsive feedback to design a digital service business for patent and proprietary medicine vendors in Nigeria.
Gates Open Res 3(): 1493
Wright RL, Gleek A, Bergin N, Williams RA, Agha S

An illustration of how responsive feedback in a social marketing tobacco control intervention in Ghana enabled managers to make decisions that increased intervention effectiveness.
Gates Open Res 3(): 1534
Agha S, Paullin J

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