Dr. Nickel uses administrative data to conduct maternal / child health research with an emphasis on health equity. His research focuses on how social determinants influence the distribution of maternal / child health outcomes; he has a particular interest in applying quantitative methods to identify and understand policy levers and interventions which can both improve maternal / child health and reduce health inequities. In this vein, he has contributed to peer-reviewed studies of using the PATHS Data Resource – a suite of approximately 60 data files that capture information on the health and development of children. Dr. Nickel has a specific interest in infant feeding. He has authored several studies looking at the implementation of breastfeeding support in healthcare (e.g., Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative) and community settings.
Dr. Nickel is an active member of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation. He has served the American Public Health Association in a variety of capacities; currently, Dr. Nickel is Scientific Chair of Breastfeeding and sits on the conference planning committee for the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.
As a Research Scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Dr. Nickel serves as either principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or co-investigator on government funded studies on issues impacting the health of Manitobans and/or delivery of healthcare services in Manitoba.
Education and Training
PhD, Maternal and Child Health – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MPH, Community Health Sciences – University of California, Los Angeles
BA, Theology – Southern Adventist University
Areas of Specialty
Maternal and Child Health; Health Equity; Breastfeeding; Program/Policy Evaluation; Health Services Research; Causal Inference; Research/Study Design; Social Determinants of Health; Organizational Change
Dr. Nathan Nickel
Dept Community Health Sciences
750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg MB R3E 0W3 Canada