Michelle Amri

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto in social and behavioural health sciences with a collaborative specialization in global health. In addition, I am an urban leadership graduate fellow at the School of Cities, a graduate associate at the Centre for Critical Development Studies, and associate in the Takemi Program in International Health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. My current research investigates the World Health Organization’s (WHO) approach to equity and implications for policy and practice, with particular attention paid to the Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool (Urban HEART). 

Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, my work has largely been centred in public health policy, global health, and health promotion. For example, through my work with the WHO, I had the opportunity to discuss smoke-free cities with mayors of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, evaluate the Healthy Cities initiative in the Western Pacific Region, design a multi-sectoral national policy in Lao PDR, among other experiences. I have also worked in several policy capacities for the Ontario Public Service, both at the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and Ministry of Community and Social Services. I continue to consult in the field of global health, having most recently worked for the WHO Regional Office for Africa on COVID-19, and subsequently, UHC policy action.

I have served as a Steering Committee member for MentorNet, a volunteer-run global health mentorship program offered through the Canadian Society for International Health, for several years and counting. I have also helped organize the PEace, Global health, And SUStainability (PEGASUS) conference in 2018 and am an Honorary Advisory Board Member for the PEGASUS Institute. I was recently named to the list of Canadian Women in Global Health and recognized with a Rising Star Award from Health Promotion Canada.

In addition to the aforementioned pursuits, I enjoy travelling, hiking, and playing board games (especially Settlers of Catan).

Training

Associate, Takemi Program in International Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
PhD Candidate, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Master of Public Administration, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honors Specialization in Health Promotion), School of Health Studies, University of Western Ontario

Research interests

public health policy & governance • global health  health promotion • health equity • politics of health