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Samatha Ehrlich

Samantha F. Ehrlich, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor


Samantha F. Ehrlich, MPH, PhD, received her MPH in maternal and child health and doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. As an MPH student, she worked in the HIV/AIDS epidemiology branch of the Office of AIDS at the California Department of Health Services on a study assessing HIV risk behaviors among migrant Latino day laborers and was awarded grants from the University of Michigan Population Fellows Program, the University of California Berkeley Bixby Center for Population, Health & Sustainability, and the University of California Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies to conduct independent survey research on safe sex practices among indigenous youth in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.

She was concurrently employed as a research project manager at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research while working towards her PhD, managing several randomized clinical trials of behavioral lifestyle interventions for weight management and a large pharmacoepidemiology study of diabetes medications. Her doctoral work focused on the impact of maternal prenatal glucose levels on offspring, specifically childhood obesity and cardiometabolic risk factors.

Prior to coming to UT, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the women’s and children’s health research section of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, conducting research on physical activity during pregnancy for appropriate gestational weight gain and glycemic control in women with gestational diabetes, as well as the implementation of ‘exercise as a vital sign’ in clinical obstetric practice.

Her research interests center around the importance of the gestational period for subsequent maternal and child health, including programming for later life chronic disease and chronic disease risk factors in women and children.

Curriculum Vitae


2015-2020           Physical Activity in Pregnancy for Intergenerational Obesity Prevention.                 

NIH/NIDDK - K01DK105106

Role: PI

Research objectives are to investigate the impact of physical activity during pregnancy on infant growth and to evaluate a physician-initiated program of physical activity promotion for appropriate weight gain in pregnant women. Training objectives include obesity prevention, physical activity, and causal inference-based analyses.


  • BS  - (with honors) Biology and Women’s Studies,  College of Literature, Science and the Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI - 2002
  • MPH - Maternal and Child Health, School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA - 2005
  • PhD - Epidemiology (Advisor Brenda Eskenazi, PhD),  School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA - 2011
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