Anvita Dixit, MSc, is a PhD Student in the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, Global Health track. She is working at the Center for Gender Equity and Health within the Department of Global Public Health as a Predoctoral Fellow. Her current research interests are sexual and reproductive health, family planning, and gender equity.
She earned her BSc in Psychology and Sociology and an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Sussex in England, UK. She has worked for over four years in the Reproductive Health program of the Population Council in India, where she contributed to research on providers’ attitude towards emergency contraception, evaluation of a mobile outreach program providing intra-uterine devices and sterilization services, leveraging women’s self-help groups as community mobilization platforms for improving reproductive maternal and child health behaviors, and assessing feasibility of introducing injectable contraceptives in the national program.
Anvita has also interned with various social development agencies including UNICEF Kenya, UNFPA India, and Koinonia Community (a community level NGO in Kenya) on a variety of programs including health communication, adolescent reproductive health and life skills, HIV testing and counseling, and rehabilitation of street children. Anvita’s childhood was in New Delhi, India and then she went to high school in Geneva, Switzerland, where her interests in global reproductive health, gender equity, and health policy were inspired in the surroundings of the International School and the United Nations. "