Rana E. Barar, MPH

Senior Project Director, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH)

Rana E. Barar, is Senior Project Director for the Alternative Provision of Medication Abortion Program at ANSIRH. She oversees a range of studies aimed at providing data on the safety and acceptability of alternative methods of provision of medication abortion. Before joining these projects in October 2018, Rana was Project Director for the Turnaway Study for nine years, overseeing site selection, data collection, participant retention and dissemination. Prior to joining ANSIRH, Rana managed the Teen-to-Teen Sexuality Education Project and served as Interim Director at Answer, a leading national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education based at Rutgers University. In that capacity, Rana oversaw publication of Answer's teen publications - Sex, Etc. magazine and Sexetc.org. Rana began her public health career working in international health and human rights and maternal mortality reduction at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and received her MPH there in population and family health. She was Senior Program Officer for the Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) Program, charged with overall administrative management of the AMDD Program, and served as the Administrative Coordinator for the UN Millennium Project’s Task Force on Maternal and Child Health. In addition to her MPH from Columbia, Rana has a BA in French and Political Science from Drew University. Rana is also a periodic contributor on reproductive health and abortion to Rewire and has appeared on KQED’s Perspectives.


  • Columbia University, Master's in Public Health in Population and Family Health in 2006
  • Drew University, Bachelor's in Political Science and French