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    Canada Research Chair

  • Portrait of John Ataguba.
  • Professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Community Health Sciences
    Room R322b – 771 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6


Research summary

Dr. Ataguba’s research examines the link between health, poverty and wellbeing, especially in the context of Africa.

He is interested in methodological work on the economics of ageing, health inequality, poverty and assessing progress toward universal health coverage.

He serves as a valuable resource to many governments in Africa.

Research themes

  • Health economics
  • Inequality
  • Poverty

Research interests

  • Economics of ageing
  • Health economics methodology
  • Health equity
  • Health financing
  • Health inequality
  • Social determinants of health

Research affiliations

Institute for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba

Manitoba Research Data Centre, University of Manitoba



Dr. Ataguba is an economist and the Canada Research Chair in Health Economics at the University of Manitoba.

He is also the executive director of the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA).

He served as the South African Research Chair in Health and Wealth (2018-2020) at the University of Cape Town.

Dr. Ataguba is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA).

He is a research fellow for the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) network and Pan-African Scientific Research Council (PASRC) and was a Mellon Mandela Fellow (20016/17) at Harvard University, USA.

He also served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils (GFCs) for Healthy Ageing and Longevity, and Health and Healthcare.

Before joining the University Of Manitoba, he was a professor and the director of the health economics unit at the University of Cape Town.

Dr. Ataguba is an advisor nationally and to international agencies, including the World Health Organization.

Dr. Ataguba has about 20 years of experience in many areas, including policy advice to governments, technical support to countries, teaching health economics and health systems, and leadership.

He has significant work experience in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria and South Africa.


Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, University of Cape Town, South Africa (2012)

Master of Public Health in Health Economics, University of Cape Town, South Africa (2007)

Bachelor of Science Honours in Economics, University of Nigeria (2003)



  • Canada Research Chair in Health Economics


  • National TW Kambule-National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Award to an emerging researcher in South Africa for an outstanding contribution to Science, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation through research


  • University of Cape Town College of Fellows Young Researcher Award for outstanding scholarly work


  • Claude Leon Merit Award in South Africa for the ability to make a significant independent contribution to research


  • University of Cape Town Merit Award for exceptional contributions to teaching, service leadership, and social responsiveness

2012 & 2013

  • University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences Young Investigators’ Best Publication Awards


  • African Health Economics and Policy Association inaugural essay competition prize


  • University of Nigeria Award to the overall best graduating student from the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • University of Nigeria Award to the best graduating student from the Department of Economics, University of Nigeria


  • Kogi State Government of Nigeria award to recent graduates with First Class Honours

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Contact us

Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada