William T. Story, PhD, MPH


Portrait of Will Story

Title(s): Associate Professor
Department: Community and Behavioral Health
Office: N426 CPHB
Phone: (319) 384-1514

Dr. Story’s research focuses on better understanding household- and community-level factors that are critical to improving access to health care and reducing health inequities in resource-poor settings, and translating that research into effective interventions and policies. His research currently focuses on three specific areas:

  • Families: Studying male involvement during childbirth and decisions to seek maternal and child health care using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Communities: Examining the effect of social relationships on care-seeking behaviors using multilevel methods, particularly the role of social capital as a resource that influences access to health care.
  • Evaluation: Exploring the mechanisms through which health outcomes are sustained in community-based programs around the world using mixed-method approaches.

Courses Taught

  • Global Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health
  • Global Public Health
  • Maternal and Child Health Seminar
  • Foundations of Maternal and Child Health

Research Interests

  • Global health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Social determinants of health and health care utilization
  • Design, evaluation, and dissemination of community-based health interventions



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