Michael W. Ross, MD, PhD, MPH, MHPEd, MSt

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Michael W. Ross

Contact Info


Office Address:
180 West Bank Office Building
1300 S Second St
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education, Program in Human Sexuality (PHS)

Malmö University

PhD, University of Melbourne

MPH, University of Adelaide

MHPEd, University of New South Wales

MSt, University of Cambridge


Michael Ross, MD, PhD, MPH, MHPEd, MSt, is faculty in the University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality and was appointed the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education in 2014. He holds 11 degrees, including a MD, a PhD in cross-cultural health psychology, and degrees in criminology. Ross has studied sexuality and sexual and mental health for more than 30 years in several countries: India, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. Ross has also published more than 500 publications and books. Additionally, he worked extensively in prison environments and wrote a book about prison physical and mental health. Ross has also practiced as a clinical psychologist and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the British Psychological Society.



Okudo JC, Ross MW. Common health concerns in African immigrants in the US: implications for the family physician. International Journal of Medical and Health Sciences Research. 2016;3(4):44-9.

Hallmark CJ, Hill MJ, Luswata C, Watkins KL, Thornton L, McNeese M, Ross MW. Déjà vu? A comparison of syphilis outbreaks in Houston, Texas. Sex Transm Dis. 2016;43(9):549-55.

Larsson M, Ross MW, Tumwine G, Agardh A. Determinants of unmet needs for healthcare and sexual health counselling among Ugandan university students with same-sex sexuality experience. Glob Health Action. 2016;9:30790.

Machine EM, Gillespie SL, Homedes N, ...Ross MW, et al. Lost to follow-up: failure to engage children in care in the first three months of diagnosis [published online ahead of print May 10, 2016]. AIDS Care. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1179714.

Ross, Michael W. Health and Health Promotion in Prisons. London: Routledge, 2013.

US Office of the Surgeon General. DHHS Office of Population Affairs. The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior. Edited by Eli Coleman, Janet Shibley Hyde, and Michael W. Ross. Rockville: Office of the Surgeon General, 2001.