Julia Kramer, PhD, MPH

Julia Kramer is a design practitioner and researcher with experience at the intersection of equity, design, and global health. Currently, Dr. Kramer is the Director of Human-Centered Design for Innovations for Choice and Autonomy (ICAN), a four-year implementation research project in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda. In this role, she facilitates a collaborative problem-solving approach to implement self-injection of DMPA-SC within a full basket of contraceptive choices.

Dr. Kramer received her MPH and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She has field experience in sexual and reproductive health projects across a range of countries, including Ghana, India, and Nicaragua. Before joining UCSF, Dr. Kramer worked on several projects to understand how human-centered design can be a lever for increased access to cervical cancer screening.


  • University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, 2020
  • ​University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, MPH, Interdisciplinary, 2020
  • University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, MS, Mechanical Engineering, 2016
  • ​University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, BSE, Mechanical Engineering, 2014