Carol S. Weisman is Distinguished Professor of Public Health Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Health Policy and Administration at the Penn State College of Medicine, where she has served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs since 2009. She received her BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Wellesley College and her PhD in Social Relations (Sociology) from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Penn State, she was Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Professor and Associate Chair of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Weisman is Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Penn State BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) K-12 program, founded in 2007, which provides mentored research career development for junior faculty members at Penn State. Dr. Weisman is Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Women’s Health Issues, having served as Editor-in-Chief from 2003 to 2006.  She served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Preventive Services for Women (2010-2011). Recently she has consulted for the Society of Family Planning and for Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) at UCSF. She is the author of over 150 publications, including Women’s Health Care: Activist Traditions and Institutional Change (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998).

Research Interests

Women's Health Care and Policy; Factors affecting access to primary and preventive health care and reproductive health care including family planning and abortion


  • Ph.D., Social Relations (Sociology), Johns Hopkins University, 1973
  • B.A., Sociology and Anthropology, Wellesley College, 1969