• Dr. Sharon Bruce.
  • Professor 

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Department of Community Health Sciences
    Room S113-750 Bannatyne Ave
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W3


Accepting graduate students

  • Master's - Yes
  • PhD - No

Research themes

  • Epidemiology and impact of type 2 diabetes
  • Health of Indigenous people
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Decolonizing research
  • Women's health in marginalized contexts
  • Medical anthropology
  • Health promotion

Research interests

  • Diabetes prevention
  • Community sovereignty and development of health programs

Research summary

Sharon Bruce’s research program is focused on the epidemiology and impact of diabetes, and development of community-driven public health programs in partnership with First Nations communities. She has longstanding research partnerships with First Nations communities and organizations, and her work is guided by principles of decolonizing research and community sovereignty. Dr. Bruce’s primary research partnership is with the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation with whom she has worked since 2002. The research team established a research governance agreement and Advisory Council that oversees all aspects of the research. In her research partnership with Sandy Bay, they have characterized the continuing diabetes epidemic in the community from the epidemiological, experiential and health systems viewpoints. The current focus of their research partnership is diabetes prevention. Dr. Bruce also has experience in global public health in relation to maternal, newborn and child health care and health services.


Sharon Bruce is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences. Her teaching areas include health promotion, culture and health, and Indigenous Health Research. Dr. Bruce has supervised multiple graduate (MSc and PhD) and undergraduate medical students. Her graduate students have received prestigious awards including University of Manitoba Gold Medal, the University of Manitoba Distinguished Dissertation Award, CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships, CIHR scholarships, and Research Manitoba Graduate Scholarships. She is a mixed methods researcher with training in medical anthropology and epidemiology. She uses decolonizing methods and community-based participatory research frameworks in her work with First Nations partners.


  • PhD in Medical Anthropology, University of Manitoba (2001)
  • Masters in Anthropology, University of Manitoba (1993)
  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of Manitoba (1984)


  • Ed Kroeger Award for Distinction in Mentorship. The University of Manitoba Health Sciences Graduate Students’ Association(2012)

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