Allan Hill

Andelot Professor of Demography, Emeritus

Department of Global Health and Population

665 Huntington Avenue
Building I 11th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone: 617.432.4075



Allan G. Hill has been the Andelot Professor of Demography at Harvard University since 1991.  He directs the Education Office of the Department of Population and International Health in the Harvard School of Public Health, chairs the Master degree Committee and has taught courses at Harvard on population and development, analysis of fertility and mortality, measuring population health, qualitative analysis methods and approaches, reproduction and reproductive health and on the assessment of the impact of health programs.


The long-standing focus of Hill’s research has been understanding the health, mortality and fertility health transitions and their determinants in the Arab World and West Africa.  He directs a series of studies in Ghana including Wave 2 of the Women’s Health Study of Accra, a panel study of the health transitions and differentials in 3200 urban women.  Related work with Guenther Fink focuses on time use and health in the same households.  Additional studies in Accra with John R Weeks (San Diego State) and David Rain (George Washington University) are concerned with the effect of place on health and poverty in the city.   Research in the Middle East continues with a burden of disease study in Kuwait and research on health and population issues in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Other work in Africa includes research on the impact on child survival of UNICEF’s Accelerated Child Survival and Development interventions and an assessment of the effectiveness of UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS-3).  A project with Statistics/South Africa is examining the demographic, social and economic differentials there through the lens of the 2007 Community Survey.


Selected publications

Hill, AG. 1995. Can health transition research improve health? Health Transition Review 5, no. 2: 231-4.

Bairagi, R, M Shuaib, and AG Hill. 1997. Estimating childhood mortality trends from routine data; a simulation exercise using the Preceding Birth Technique in Bangladesh,  Demography 34, no. 3: 411-420.

Bledsoe, CH, F Banja, and AG Hill. 1998. Reproductive mishaps and western contraception: an African challenge to fertility theory, Population and Development Review 24(1):15-47

Hill, AG, WB MacLeod, SST Sonko and G Walraven.  1999.  Improvements in childhood mortality in The Gambia.  The Lancet 354: 75: July 3, 1999

Hill, AG, WB MacLeod, SST Sonko and G Walraven.  1999.  Improvements in childhood mortality in The Gambia.  The Lancet 352: Dec. 12, 1999.

Hill,AG, WB MacLeod, D Joof, P Gomez, AA Ratcliffe, and G Walraven. 2000. Decline of mortality in children in rural Gambia: the influence of village-level Primary Health care. Tropical Medicine and International Health 5(2): 107-18.

Ratcliffe, AA, AG Hill and G Walraven. 2000. Separate lives, different interests: male and female reproduction in The Gambia.  Bulletin of the World Health Organization 78(5): 570-9.

Weeks, J, MS Gadalla, T Rashed, J Stanforth and AG Hill. 2000. Spatial variability in fertility in Menoufia, Egypt assessed through the application of remote sensing and GIS technologies. Environment and Planning A: 32: 695-714.

Ratcliffe AA; Hill AG; Dibba M; Walraven G. 2001.  The ignored role of men in fertility awareness and regulation in Africa African Journal of Reproductive Health Apr;5(1):13-5.

Rashed, T, JR Weeks, MS Gadalla and AG. Hill.  2001.  Revealing the anatomy of cities through spectral mixture analysis if multi-spectral satellite imagery: a case study of the Greater Cairo region, Egypt.  Geocarto International 16(4): 5-13.

Ratcliffe, AA, AG Hill, DP Harrington, G Walraven. 2002.  Differences in Reporting of Pregnancies and Births by Men and Women in Rural Gambia.  Demography 39 (3): 573-586.

Weeks, JR, A Getis, AG Hill, MS Gadalla and T Rashad.  2004.  The fertility transition in Egypt: intra-urban patterns in Cairo. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 94(1): 74-93.

Duda RB, Darko R, Adanu RMK, Seffah J, Anarfi JK, Gautam S, Hill AG.  HIV prevalence and risk factors in women in Accra, Ghana: Results from the Women’s Health Study of Accra.  Amer J Trop Med Health 73(1):63-66, 2005.

Duda RB, Chen GL, Hill AG, Darko R, Adanu RMK, Seffah, J, Anarfi JK.  Screening for cervical cancer still not included as routine health care for women. Int J Trop Med 1(1):1-6, 2005.

Chen, J. G. L., Duda, R. B., Hill, A. G., Darko, R., Adanu, R. M., Seffah, J. & Anarfi, J. K.  2005. Epidemiology of cervical cancer and dysplasia in a cross-sectional study of women in Accra, Ghana. International Journal of Tropical Medicine 1(1), 7-11.

Duda, R. B., Darko, R., Adanu, R. M., Seffah, J., Anarfi, J. K., Gautam, S. & Hill, A. G. 2005a. HIV prevalence and risk factors in women of Accra, Ghana: results from the Women’s Health Study of Accra. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 73(1), 63-66.

Duda RB, Jumah NA, Hill AG, Seffah J, Biritwum R. Ghanaian women select figural stimuli that indicate an interest in healthy living rather than cultural norm of obesity.  Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 4:44, 2006.

Weeks, JR, Hill, AG, Getis, A, Stow,D. (2006)  Ethnic residential patterns as predictors of intra-urban child mortality inequality in Accra, Ghana.  Urban Geography  27(6): 526-548.

Duda RB, Kim MP, Darko R, Adanu RMK, Seffah, J, Anarfi JK, Hill AG. Prevalence of elevated blood pressure in women residing in Accra, Ghana: report of the Women’s Health Study of Accra. Accepted, International J of Cardiology, 2006.

Adanu RMK, Hill AG, , Seffah J, Darko R, Anarfi JK, Duda RB (2006) Secular trends in menarcheal age among Ghanaian women in Accra.  J Obstetrics and Gynecology 26(6): 550-554.

Duda, RB, NA Jumah, AG Hill, J Seffah and R Biritwum (2006) Interest in healthy living outweighs presumed cultural norms for obesity for Ghanaian women.  Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 4:44. Online at RB, Kim MP, Darko R, Adanu RM, Seffah J, Anarfi JK, Hill AG (2006)  Results of the Women’s Health Study of Accra: Assessment of blood pressure in urban women.  Int J Cardiol. 2006 Aug 1; [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 16887210

Hill, AG, CJ Clark, IM Lubbad and C Bruderlein (2006)  Hope and despair over health in Gaza.  British Medical Journal  333 (21):845-6. Online at doi:10.1136/bmj.38993.390822.68

Hill, AG, R Darko, J Seffah, RMK Adanu, JK Anarfi  and RB Duda.  Health of urban Ghanaian women as identified by the Women’s Health Study of Accra.  Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007 Nov;99(2):150-6. Epub 2007 Jul 12.

Duda, RB and AG Hill.  Surgery in developing countries: Should surgery have a role in population-based health care?  Bull Am Coll Surg. 2007 May;92(5):12-8, 35.

Duda RB, Jumah NA, Hill AG, Seffah J, Biritwum R Assessment of the Ideal Body Image of Women in Accra, Ghana. Tropical Doctor 2007 Oct;37(4):241-4.

Oliveras, E, C Ahiadeke, RMK Adanu and AG Hill.  Clinic-Based Surveillance of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes to Identify Induced Abortions:  Findings from an Experiment in Accra, Ghana.  Studies in Family Planning June 2007.


BA, 1966, University College, Durham, UK

PhD, 1969, Durham University, Durham, UK

Diploma in Demography, 1975, Princeton University

MA Honoris Causa, 1991, Harvard University