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)

Outcomes of a social media campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria.
PLoS One 18(9): e0290757
Evans WD, Bingenheimer JB, Long M, Ndiaye K, Donati D, Rao NM, Akaba S, Nsofor I, Agha S

Identifying Drivers of COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake among Residents of Yopougon Est, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.
(2022 Dec 8)
Vaccines (Basel) 10(12):
Pedersen B, Thanel K, Kouakou AY, Zo JR, Ouattara ML, Gbeke D, Thompson G, Agha S

Factors associated with the adoption of a digital health service by patent proprietary medicine vendors (PPMVs) in Lagos, Nigeria.
(2022 Jan-Dec)
Digit Health 8(): 20552076221142666
Agha S, Ruiz-Gaona LA, Friedman J, Cheikh N, Gorgens M

Use of a Practitioner-Friendly Behavior Model to Identify Factors Associated with COVID-19 Vaccination and Other Behaviors.
(2022 Aug 5)
Vaccines (Basel) 10(8):
Agha S

Digital Media for Behavior Change: Review of an Emerging Field of Study.
(2022 Jul 26)
Int J Environ Res Public Health 19(15):
Evans WD, Abroms LC, Broniatowski D, Napolitano M, Arnold J, Ichimiya M, Agha S

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