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    Canada Research Chair

  • Marcelo Urquia
  • Associate professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Community Health Sciences
    Room 408 - 727 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3P5

    Phone: 204-789-3489


  • Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts

Research themes

  • child and adolescent health
  • epidemiology
  • family health
  • family health
  • gender equity
  • immigrant health
  • immigrant health
  • maternal and paternal health
  • population health
  • reproductive health
  • research interests
  • social determinants of health
  • social epidemiology


  • immigration
  • perinatal epidemiology
  • social epidemiology

Research affiliations

  • Research scientist, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP)
  • Research scientist, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)
  • Research affiliate, Centre for Human Rights Research (CHRR), Faculty of Law
  • Assistant professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Adjunct scientist, ICES, Toronto

Research groups

Research summary

Marcelo Urquia’s current research focuses on the intersection of gender, immigration and health and wellbeing, using a life-course perspective. Topics include maternal and birth outcomes, immigration and health, intimate partner violence, child marriage, family and adolescent health, and international health.

He is also interested in understanding health risks using a family perspective, as opposed to treating individuals as if they were unrelated statistical units. His research approach is primarily based on the analysis of large linked population-based multisectoral databases.

He is currently developing measurement of family structure in the Manitoba population to advance research in the area.


Dr. Marcelo Urquia is an associate professor in community health sciences at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Urquia is also affiliated with ICES (formerly the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences), and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

He has published 110+ peer reviewed articles 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. He has collaborated with researchers from all continents.

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.


  • PhD in Epidemiology, University of Toronto (2009)
  • MSc in Epidemiology, University of Toronto (2006)


  • Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (2020)
  • Canada Research Chair in Applied Population Health (2017)
  • Early researcher award, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (2016)
  • New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (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