Molly Rosenberg

Assistant Professor
Epidemiology and Biostatistics

PH C032

  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Ph.D., 2014
  • Yale School of Public Health, M.P.H., 2010
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 2004
  • SPH E790: The Logic and Rationale of Epidemiological Research:Advanced Research Methodology
  • SPH E657: Social Epidemiology
  • 2016-present: Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington
  • 2016-present: Honorary Faculty Affiliate, University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2014-2016: David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Research Interests

Dr. Rosenberg is an epidemiologist and population health researcher who studies how social, structural, and economic factors influence sexual health outcomes. Her work has largely focused on adolescent sexual health in South Africa, where the burden of the HIV epidemic continues to be felt most strongly, though her research has represented vulnerable populations of all ages in multiple low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Rosenberg's research is focused on identifying novel structural intervention targets to improve sexual health, with representative studies examining the relationship between alcohol outlets and herpes infections, the influence of school dropout on teen pregnancy, and the potential for anti-poverty programs like cash transfers and microfinance to influence HIV risk.

Selected Publications

Full list of publications

Pettifor A, MacPhail C, Selin A, Gomez-Olive F, Rosenberg M, Wagner R, et al. HPTN 068: A randomized control trial of a conditional cash transfer to reduce HIV infection in young women in South Africa's study design and baseline results. AIDS Behav. epub Feb 2016.

Rosenberg M, Pettifor A, Nguyen N, Westreich D, Bor J, Bärnighausen T, Mee P, Twine R, Tollman S, Kahn K. Relationship between receipt of a social protection grant for a child and second pregnancy rates among South African women. PLoS One. 10(9): e0137352. Sept 2015.

Rosenberg M, Pettifor A, Van Rie A, Thirumurthy H, Emch M, Miller W, Gomez-Olive F, Twine R, Hughes J, Laeyendecker O, Selin A, Kahn K. Visits to alcohol outlets, sexual risk behaviors, and HSV-2 infection among South African female adolescents: A cross-sectional study. PLoS One. 10(5): e0125510. May 2015.

Rosenberg M, Pettifor A, Lippman S, Thirumurthy H, Emch M, Miller W, Selin A, Gomez-Olive F, Twine R, Hughes J, Laeyendecker O, Tollman S, Kahn K. Relationship between community-level alcohol outlet accessibility and individual-level HSV-2 infection among young women in South Africa. Sex Transm Dis. 42(5): 259-265. May 2015.

Rosenberg M, Pettifor A, Miller W, Thirumurthy H, Emch M, Sulaimon A, Kahn K, Collinson M, Tollman S. Relationship between school drop-out and teen pregnancy among rural, South African young women. Int J Epi. dyv007. Feb 2015.

Rosenberg M, Pettifor A, Thirumurthy H, Halpern C, Handa S. The impact of a national poverty program on the sex partner characteristics of adolescents in Kenya. AIDS Behav. 18(2): 311-316. Feb 2014.