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2011 Ph.D., Global Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2005 MSc., Population and International Health, Harvard University
2000 M.A., French and Spanish, University of Cambridge

Laura Ferguson is an Associate Professor at the USC Institute for Global Health and the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the Keck School of Medicine and at the USC Spatial Sciences Institute.

Her work focuses on understanding and addressing health system and societal factors affecting the uptake of health services, and developing the evidence base of how attention to human rights can improve health outcomes. She has spent extended periods of time in developing country settings, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, collaborating with partners, helping to build the capacity of her local colleagues, and designing and managing research and projects to tackle a broad range of issues including HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, and child health.

Professor Ferguson is also a Research Associate at the University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases.