Research themes

  • Disability studies
  • Indigenous health research

Research interests

  • Aboriginal and multicultural health
  • Biomedical and research ethics
  • Ethnomedical research on cross-cultural health communication and medical interpretation
  • Sociocultural research on disability and the impact of chronic illness


  • Community health
  • Disability
  • Ethics
  • Indigenous
  • Medical anthropology
  • Research affiliations

Research affiliations

Research scientist, Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing (Ongomiizwin)


Dr. Joseph Kaufert is a professor emeritus in community health sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

As a social scientist his research has been focused in the fields of medical anthropology, public and population health, Indigenous health, disability studies, health communication and biomedical and research ethics.

His research in Indigenous health has documented barriers to health service access and proposed models for decolonizing communication and overcoming structural barriers to equitable care in urban hospitals and First Nation and Inuit communities.

This research documented the impact of interpreters and cultural mediators in culturally safe communication, advocacy and community empowerment.

The research has influenced Indigenous and multicultural program models for language interpretation, cultural mediation and policy development in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, US and Europe.

His research on Indigenous health policy has focused on transfer of governance of health programs, social determinants of health, medical relocation, end of life care, renal care, tele-health, transfer of health governance and the development of the Regional Health Survey in First Nation communities.

Over the past decade he has been involved in research and policy development focusing on ethical issues including informed consent, organ donation and transplantation and end of life care for Indigenous communities


  • PhD, Northwestern University (1973)
  • CAAS, Northwestern University (1972)
  • Master of arts, Northwestern University (1968)
  • Bachelor of arts (hons), University of Minnesota (1966)


  • Council Member, Public Health Ethics Consultative Group, Public Health Agency of Canada (2014 – 2016)
  • Member, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada (2010 – 2013)

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