Jerry Spiegel | Bio


Jerry Spiegel
Co-Lead, Global and Indigenous Health Theme
Co-Director, Global Health Research Program

PhD, University of Manitoba (2000)
MSc, University of Toronto (1986)
MA, McGill University (1976)

Dr. Spiegel’s academic training is in economics and sociology (McGill, MA); environmental health and health administration (U of Toronto, MSc); and Community Health Sciences (Manitoba, PhD). He is also affiliated with the Liu Institute for Global Issues, where he has been Director of Global Health; is co-director of the Global Health Research Program, a WHO Collaborating Centre in in Occupational and Environmental Health; was director of the UBC Centre for International Health from 2003 to 2010; and was founding chairperson of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research. He has led research and capacity building programs and projects in Cuba, Slovakia, Ecuador and South Africa and is active in the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. In addition he has 15 years of experience as a senior policy official with the Manitoba Government Department of Environment and is a Senior Editor of the International Labour Office Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety.

Dr. Spiegel’s research interests include the effects of globalization on health, ecosystem approaches to human health, understanding and addressing influences of physical and social environments on health, global health and human security, the economic evaluation of interventions, and health and equity in Latin America.

Research Interests

Current research projects involving students include:

    • Food systems and health equity in an era of globalization: Think, Eat and Grow Green Globally (TEG3)
      • 5 year CIHR funded research program on pathways to health equity
      • Being conducted in Ecuador and Canada with an interdisciplinary team in both countries
    • Tool, Weapon or White Elephant?: Assessing the use and perceived usefulness of a State-of the-art Information System adapted for an Occupational Health Program in South Africa
      • Assessing the application of information technology to improve health equity (among health workers) in South Africa – CIHR funded
      • Linked to a CIHR research program on “ Promoting Health Equity by Addressing the Needs of Health Workers: A Collaborative, International Research Program” including impact of globalization on occupational health and safety
    • Meeting capacity-building and scaling-up challenges to sustainably prevent and control dengue in Machala, Ecuador
      • IDRC and WHO Tropical Disease Research Program funded research project applying an ecosystem approach to health
      • Includes development and evaluation of new information system approach to promote health equity

Teaching and Students


SPPH 523  / INDS 502S   Global Health and Human Security [with Professor Shafik Dharamsi]

Current graduate students

Prince Adu

  • Globalization and the health of health workers in South Africa [preliminary theme]

Ben Brisbois

  • Interrogating knowledge translation in global health: Latin American pesticide epidemiology and pesticide risk perception in Ecuador’s banana industry

Regiane Garcia

  • The right to health and community participation in Brazil

Kelly Garton

  • Assessing Equity in Access to Healthy Diets in Ecuador Following the Addition of Food Sovereignty to the Constitution

Chris Hergesheimer

  • Exploring cases of supply chain hybridization in conventional and alternative food chains in Latin America and Canada [preliminary theme]

Kendra Mitchell-Foster

  • Interdisciplinary knowledge translation and evaluation strategies for participatory dengue prevention in Machala, Ecuador

Lawrence Santiago

  • Spaces of expertise and the brokerage of knowledge

Bjorn Stime

  • How can ‘wellness indicators’ embracing an Aboriginal wellness approach to health be operationalized for health surveillance to replace the standard illness indicator set? [preliminary theme]

Carolina Vidal

  • Developing a clinical tool to treat depression in Spanish-speaking Latin American immigrants in Canada: Applying a global mental health perspective for improved mental health outcomes

Mira Ziolo

  • A Comprehensive Evaluation of a Leading Employee Health Program in the Context of the Mountain Gorilla-Human Interface in Rwanda: A One Health Tool in Improving Human, Animal and Ecosystem Health

Recently completed

Kristi Kenyon (2013)

  • Choosing rights: The puzzle of the rights frame in HIV activism

Kavita Sarwal (2012)

  • International Cancer Control Congresses: Do They Make a Difference?

Ben Warren (2012)

  • The Impact of International Trade Agreements on Health – Access, Innovation, and Medicines in Mexico

Fabio Cabarcas (2011)

  • Harnessing the community capacity of small farmer organizations to reduce pesticide-related environmental health risks: A case study in an indigenous community in the southern ranges of Ecuador, 2007-2008

Patricio (Colon) Velasquez (2010)

  • Mercury in artisanal and small scale gold mining: identifying strategies to reduce environmental contamination in southern Ecuador

Ireh Iyioha (2010)

  • Health governance, medical pluralism and the politics of integration: A legal theory for increasing access to healthcare

Robert Huish (2008)

  • Going where no doctors has gone before: The Place of Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine in Building Health Care Capacity for Ecuadorian Public Health Care

Selected Publications

  1. Spiegel JM, Lockhart K, Dyck C, Wilson A, O’Hara L, Yassi A. Tool, Weapon, or White Elephant? A realist analysis of the five phases of a twenty-year programme of occupational health information system implementation in the health sector. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 2012, 12:84
  2. Yassi A, Breilh J, Dharamsi S, Lockhart K, Spiegel JM. The Ethics of Ethics Reviews in Global Health Research: Case studies applying a new paradigm. Journal of Academic Ethics. 2013. DOI 10.1007/s10805-013-9182-y.
  3. Yassi A, Lockhart K, Sykes M, Buck B, Stime B, Spiegel JM. The effectiveness of joint health and safety committees: A systematic review. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2013 Apr;56(4):424-38.
  4. Huish RL and Spiegel JM. First as Tragedy and then on to Farce: Canadian Foreign Aid for Global Health. Canadian Foreign Policy. 2012; 18(2): 244-246.
  5. Spiegel JM, Alegret M, Clair V, Pagliccia N, Martinez B, Bonet M, Yassi A. Intersectoral Action for Health at a Municipal Level in Cuba. International Journal of Public Health. 2012; 57(1): 15-23.
  6. Yassi A, O’Hara LM, Lockhart K, Spiegel JM. Workplace programmes for HIV and Tuberculosis: A systematic review to support development of international guidelines for the health workforce. AIDS Care. 2012 DOI:10.1080/09540121.2012.712668.
  7. Muñoz G, Mota L, Bowie W, Quizhpe A, Orrego E, Spiegel JM, Yassi A. Ecosystem approach to promoting appropriate antibiotic use for children in indigenous communities in Ecuador. Rev Panam Salud Publica 2012, vol.30, n.6, pp. 566-573. ISSN 1020-4989.
  8. Kone B, Kouassi E, Fayomi B, Houenou Y, Feagan M, Spiegel JM. Facilitating the Relationship Between Researchers and Policy-Makers: Experiences from Three Ecohealth Projects in West and Central Africa. Ecohealth. 2011; 8: 413–417. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-012-0740-3.
  9. Spiegel JM, Breilh J, Beltran E, Parra J, Solis F, Yassi A, Rojas A, Orrego E, Henry B, Bowie W, Pearce L, Gaibor J, Velasquez P, Concepcion M, Parkes M. Establishing a community of practice of researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and communities to sustainably manage environmental health risks in Ecuador. BMC International Health and Human Rights. 2011; 11(Suppl 2):S5.
  10. Yassi A, Bryce EA, Breilh J, Lavoie MC, Ndelu L, Lockhart K, Spiegel JM. Research collaboration between infection control and occupational health in three continents: A success story with international impact. BMC International Health and Human Rights. 2011; 11 (Suppl 2):S8.
  11. Webb JC, Mergler D, Parkes MW, Saint-Charles J, Spiegel J, Waltner-Toews D, Yassi A, Woollard RF. Tools for Thoughtful Action: the role of ecosystem approaches to health in enhancing public health, Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2010; 101(6): 439-441.
  12. Spiegel JM and Huish RL. Canadian foreign aid for global health: Human security opportunity lost. Canadian Foreign Policy 2010; 15(3): 60-84.
  13. Spiegel JM, Wasan K, Dharamsi S, Yassi A. Strategies for Neglected Global Diseases: Why we are still failing. PLoS Medicine. 2010; 7(5): e1000255. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000255 1-5.
  14. Pagliccia N, Spiegel JM, Alegret M, Bonet M, Martinez B, Yassi A. Network analysis as a tool to assess the intersectoral management of health determinants at the local level: An exploratory study of two Cuban municipalities. Social Science & Medicine. 2010; 71(2): 394-399.
  15. Yassi A, Dharamsi S, Spiegel JM, Rojas A, Dean E, Woollard R. The good, the bad and the ugly of partnered research: Revisiting the sequestration thesis and the role of universities in promoting social justice. International Journal of Health Services. 2010; 40(3): 485-505.
  16. Yassi A, Nophale LE, Dybka L, Bryce EA, Kruger W, Spiegel J. Building capacity to secure healthier and safer working conditions for healthcare workers: A South African-Canadian collaboration. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2009; October 15(4): 369-80.
  17. Yassi A, Bryce EA, Spiegel J. Assuming our global responsibility: Improving working conditions for healthcare workers globally. Open Medicine. 3(3):174-177. 2009.
  18. Parkes M, Spiegel JM, Breilh J, Cabarcas F, Huish R, Yassi A. Building sustainable capacity to promote the health of marginalized populations through international collaboration: Examining community-oriented training innovations in Ecuador. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 87(4):312–319
  19. Huish RL, Spiegel JM. Integrating Health and Human Security into Foreign Policy: Cuba’s Surprising Success. The International Journal of Cuban Studies 2008;1(1):42-53.
  20. Spiegel JM, Gonzalez M, Cabrera GJ, Catasus S , Vidal C, Yassi A. Promoting Health in Response to Global Tourism Expansion in Cuba. Health Promotion International. 2008; 23(1): 60-69.
  21. Spiegel JM, Bonet M, Ibarra AM, Pagliccia N, Ouellette V, Yassi A. Social and environmental determinants of Aedes aegypti infestation in Central Havana: Results of a case-control study nested in an integrated dengue surveillance program in Cuba. Tropical Medicine and International Health 2007 12(4):503-510.
  22. Bonet M, Spiegel J, Ibarra AM, Kouri, G, Pintre A and Yassi A. An integrated ecosystem approach for sustainable prevention and control of dengue in Central Havana. Int J Occup Environ Health 2007 13(2):188-194.
  23. Spiegel JM, Garcia M, Bonet M and Yassi A. Learning together: A Canada-Cuba research collaboration to improve the sustainable management of environmental health risks. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2006;97(1):50-55.
  24. Neufeld V, Spiegel JM. Canada and Global Health Research: 2005 Update. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2006;97(1):39-41.
  25. Spiegel JM, Yassi A. Lessons from the margins of globalization: Appreciating the Cuban health paradox. Journal of Public Health Policy. 2004;25(1):85-110.
  26. Spiegel JM Commentary: Daring to learn from a good example and break the ‘Cuba taboo’. International Journal of Epidemiology 2006;35:825–826.
  27. Spiegel JM, Bennett S, Hattersley L, Hayden MH, Kittayapong P, Nalim S, Wang DNC, Zielinski-Gutiérrez, E, Gubler D. Barriers and Bridges to Prevention and Control of Dengue: The need for a Social-Ecological Approach. EcoHealth 2005; 2:273-290.
  28. Spiegel JM, Labonte R, Ostry A. Understanding “globalization” as a determinant of health determinants: a critical perspective. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2004;10:360-7.
  29. Labonte R, Spiegel JM. Setting global health research priorities. British Medical Journal. 2003;326:722-723.
  30. Spiegel JM, Labonte R, Hatcher-Roberts J, Girard J, Neufeld V. Tackling the 10-90 gap: A report from Canada. Lancet. Sept 13 2003;362(9387):917-918.
  31. Spiegel JM, Bonet M, Yassi A, Tate B, Concepción M, Cañizares M. Evaluating the effectiveness of a multi-component intervention to improve health in an inner-city Havana community. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2003;9(2):118-127.