Monique Hennink, PhD

Associate Professor

Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University


Dr. Monique Hennink is Associate Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health in the Rollins School of Public Health and Associated Faculty in Sociology at Emory University. She earned her BA (Honors) in Social Geography in Australia, and her PhD in Demography in the United Kingdom.

She has particular expertise in applying qualitative research to public health. She has over 20 years’ experience in the design, conduct, analysis, and publication of qualitative health research. Her courses, workshops and books reflect the application of qualitative methods in globally diverse settings and provide guidance on how to balance methodological rigor with the practical realities of global research. She has also published on various methodological aspects of qualitative research, such as using interpreters and translators in qualitative research; the effect of using court reporters on data quality; estimating sample size in qualitative studies; and highlighting emerging methodological issues in focus group research. She is a board member for SAGE Publications on their ‘Cases in Methodology’ work, and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches. She co-chaired a three-year scientific panel for the International Union of the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), on ‘Qualitative Research in Population Studies’ which had a mandate to promote rigor in the use of qualitative methods in the discipline. She has led scientific sessions on qualitative research at key professional forums, such as: International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry; International Institute for Qualitative Methods; European Association of Population Studies; and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.

Her research focuses on understanding the social, cultural and contextual influences on behavior around public health issues in order to develop effective health interventions. She focuses primarily on sexual and reproductive health, sanitation behavior and chronic disease management. She has conducted studies to examine sexual risk taking amongst mobile populations; sex education and sexual behavior of adolescents in different cultural contexts; cultural norms surrounding contraceptive use; influences on sex trafficking; and the context of sexual risk taking after male circumcision. She has also conducted research on women’s empowerment, such as the contribution of microcredit to empowerment and health improvement; whether microcredit can be strengthened to enhance poverty reduction; and how empowerment influences maternal health. She is core faculty in the Centre for Global Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at Emory University and conducts collaborative research on behavioral influences on sanitation behavior in developing countries. She is an affiliated faculty member of the Global Diabetes Research Centre and conducts collaborative studies on tailoring lifestyle interventions to population groups at heightened risk for diabetes in the US and internationally.