Malcolm Potts MB, BChir, PhD, FRCOG

Professor of the Graduate School, Public Health
  • PH 116: Seminar on Social, Political and Ethical Issues/Health and Medical Apprenticeship Program
  • PH 181: Population and Poverty (co-taught Prata and Campbell)
Research Interests: 
  • Mobilization of resources for international family planning
  • Reducing nonevidence-based barriers preventing access to contraception and safe abortion
  • Reducing maternal deaths, especially through the use of misoprostol to control postpartum hemorrhage
  • Evolution of human sexual behavior
  • Biological origins of human warfare
  • AIDS prevention strategies, resources, and role of male circumcision
Current Projects: 

A focus on the perfect storm of population, climate and gender problems arising in the Sahel. The Bixby Center, The College of Natural Resources and the African Institute for Population and Development hosted the first OASIS (Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel) conference in September 2012.

Selected Publications: 

Campbell MM, Prata M, Potts M. The impact of freedom on fertility decline. Journal of Family Planning and reprodcutive Health. 2013. 39:44-50.

Potts M, Henderson CE.Global warming and reproductive health. International Journal Gynaecology and Obstetrics2012. 119:S54-S67.

Diamond-Smith N, Potts M. A woman cannot die from a pregnancy she does not have. International Perpesectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health 2011 37:155-157

Potts M, Short R. The impact of population growth on tomorrow's world. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal SocietyB. 364:2969-3124

Potts M, Halperin D, Kirby D, Swidler A, Marseille E, Klausner JD, Hearst N, Wamai RG, Kahn JG, Walsh J (2008). Reassessing HIV prevention. Science. 320: 749-750.

Potts M and Hayden T (2008). Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World. Dallas; Benbella Books.

Potts M, Halperin D, Kirby D, Swidler A, Marseille E, Klausner JD, Hearst N, Wamai RG, Kahn JG, Walsh J (2008). Reassessing HIV prevention. Science. 320: 749-750.

Potts M, Prata N, Walsh J, Grossman A (2006). Parachute approach to evidence-based medicine. British Medical Journal 333:701-703.

Potts M. Why can't a man be more like a woman? Obsterics and Gynecology. 106:1065-70.

Campbell MM, Sahin-Hodoglugil NN, Potts M (2006). Barriers to Fertility Regulation: A Review of the Literature.Studies in Family Planning, 37: 87-98.

Prata N, Mbaruku G, Campbell M, Potts M,Vahidnia F (2005) Controlling postpartum hemorrhage after hoem births in Tanzania. International Journal of Gynecology and Obsterics 90:51-55.

Shelton, J., Halperin D, Nantolya V., Potts M. Gayle H, Holmes K (2004). Partner reduction in crucial for balanced 'ABC' approach to HIV protection. British Medical Journal 320: 891-893.

Potts DM and Short RV (1999). Ever Since Adam and Eve: The evolution of human sexuality. Cambridge University Press.
Potts DM and Potts WTW (1995). Queen Victoria's Gene: Hemophilia and the Royal Family. Somerset UK; Alan Sutton.

Other interests: 
  • Head, Global Health Specialty Area, School of Public Health
  • Foundation board member, Population Services International, Washington, DC
  • Board Member Venure Strategies for Health and Development, California
Profile Updated: July 7, 2017