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

Teaching and Students


SPPH 523  / INDS 502S   Global Health and Human Security

Current graduate students

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]