Marcelo L. Urquia joined the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy in September 2016 as Research Scientist and Assistant Professor. He obtained a bachelor in anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires, a master in public health at the National University of Lanus, Argentina, and received a MSc and a PhD (2009) degree in epidemiology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Urquia is also affiliated with the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
He was awarded a CIHR New Investigator Award (2013), currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Applied Population Health (2017-2023) and a CHIR Foundation Grant (2017-2023). He has published 75+ peer reviewed publications related to the social determinants of health, maternal and child health, reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, epidemiology of migration and health, and the use of administrative databases for health research.
His current research focuses on the intersection of gender, immigration and health and wellbeing, using a life-course perspective. He is also interested in understanding health risks using a family perspective, as opposed to treating individuals as if they were unrelated statistical units. He supports research initiatives that make wise use of population-based data repositories to advance research, policy and community engagement.
Dr. Urquia is currently accepting PhD and MSc students, particularly those who intend to carry out their dissertations using linked administrative databases.