Michelle Amri, MPA, PhD

I am a Takemi Fellow in the Takemi Program in International Health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow. My research program is situated at the intersection of global public health and public policy and has focused on: investigating the concept of equity as conceptualized and operationalized by the World Health Organization (WHO); theories of the policy process (considering COVID-19 policy both through the punctuated equilibrium theory and the multiple streams framework); the role of global actors (in cities of the global south); global governance (the roles of the WHO and Pan American Health Organization); policy tools (investigating perceptions of effectiveness of different tools in combatting tobacco); and barriers and enablers for intersectoral and multisectoral health policy.

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 multisectoral 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.

I am on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association for Global Health (CAGH) and serve as a Steering Committee member for CAGH’s MentorNet, a volunteer-run global health mentorship program, and help to organize the Canadian Conference on Global Health. 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 am also a member of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Knowledge Translation and Health Technology Assessment in Health Equity. I was named to the list of Canadian Women in Global Health, recognized with a Rising Star Award from Health Promotion Canada, and awarded a Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada.

In addition to the aforementioned pursuits, I enjoy travelling, hiking, and playing board games.

Training

Takemi Fellow, Takemi Program in International Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

PhD in Public Health Sciences: Social and Behavioural Health Sciences (Collaborative Specialization in Global Health), 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

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