Randall Kuhn


Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences

Home Department: Community Health Sciences

Areas of Interest

Statistical evaluation of health interventions at local and global scales; health and development; migration; forecasting; global health; survey design; analysis of administrative data; South Asia and Middle East





Randall Kuhn (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1999) is a demographer and sociologist who employs a wide array of research methods and data to study the social determinants of health, health program evaluation, and the health-development nexus. He has conducted seminal research on the impacts of migration on health. In Bangladesh, he leads a 35-year evaluation of the effects of randomized child and reproductive health interventions on health and socioeconomic change across generations. His cross-national research and forecasts explore the effectiveness of global health policies and the role of improvements in health as a driver of social and political change. Kuhn’s methodological expertise includes longitudinal data analysis, experimental and quasi-experimental research design, forecasting, and novel uses of administrative data.

As Director of the Global Health Affairs Program at the University of Denver, Kuhn developed an innovative curriculum for applied decision-making and program design in global health. He tripled enrollments, placed graduates at leading global health agencies, and built a programmatic emphasis on the health and human rights of disabled, LGBTQ, indigenous, and migrant populations as an essential component of achieving global health justice and equity for all. Kuhn founded the Goal 18 campaign for inclusive UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Selected Research

R Kuhn, D Rothman, et al. 2016 Beyond Attributable Burden: A scenario-based dynamic forecast of the avoidable burden of disease associated with household air pollution. PLoS One 11(3): e0149669.

B Hughes, R Kuhn, et al. 2015 Opportunities and challenges of a world with negligible senescence. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 99: 77-91.

R Beall, R Kuhn, A Attaran. 2015 Compulsory Licensing Often Did Not Produce Lower Prices For Antiretrovirals. Health Affairs 34(3): 493-501.  Compulsory Licenses: The Authors Reply. Health Affairs 34(6): 1068.

T Barham, R Kuhn. 2014 Staying for Benefits: The Effect of a Health and Family Planning Program on Out-Migration Patterns in Bangladesh. Journal of Human Resources 49(4): 982-1013.

AM Mobarak, R Kuhn, C Peters 2013. Consanguinity and other Marriage Market Effects of a Wealth Shock in Bangladesh. Demography 50: 1845-1871.

R Kuhn 2012. On the Role of Human Development in the Arab Spring. Population and Development Review 38(4): 649-683.

R Beall, R Kuhn 2012. Trends in International Compulsory Licensing of Pharmaceuticals since the Doha Declaration: A Database Analysis. PLoS Medicine 9(1): 1-9.

B Hughes, R Kuhn, C Peterson, D Rothman, J Solorzano 2011. Improving Global Health: Forecasting the Next 50 years. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers and New Delhi: OxfordUniversity Press.

R Kuhn, B Everett, R Silvey 2011. The Effects of Children’s Migration on Elderly Kin’s Health: A Counterfactual Approach. Demography 48(1): 183-209.

R Kuhn 2010. Routes to Low Mortality in Poor Countries Revisited, Population and Development Review 36(4): 655-692.

R Kuhn 2006. The Effects of Fathers’ and Siblings’ Migration on Children’s Pace of Schooling in a Migrant-Sending Region of Bangladesh, Asian Population Studies 2(1): 69-92.

R Kuhn, S Stillman 2004. Understanding Interhousehold Transfers in a Transition Economy: Evidence from Russia, Economic Development and Cultural Change 53: 131-156.

J Menken, L Duffy, R Kuhn 2003. Childbearing and Women’s Survival: New Evidence from Rural Bangladesh, Population and Development Review 29: 405-426.

R Kuhn, DP Culhane 1998. Applying Cluster Analysis to Test a Typology of Homelessness by Pattern of Public Shelter Utilization. American Journal of Community Psychology 26: 207-232.

DP Culhane, Randall Kuhn 1998. Patterns and Determinants of Public Shelter Utilization Among Homeless Adults in New York City and Philadelphia, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 17: 23-43.