Prof. Christina Zarowsky
  • Position:  Extraordinary professor
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Position: Extraordinary professor
Department: School of Public Health
Faculty: Faculty of Community and Health
Qualifications:     MD (McMaster), MPH (Harvard), PhD (McGill) 
(Left SOPH December 2013– now extraordinary professor)
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Christina Zarowsky joined the SOPH in June 2009 where she also headed the university-wide Centre for Research in HIV and AIDS. A medical doctor and anthropologist, she has specialised in public health. From 2000, Christina worked for the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) where she led the Research for Health Equity suite of programmes and developed several donor partnerships. Her work at SOPH takes forward the focus of her work at IDRC which examined public health and health systems issues from a governance perspective, emphasising civic engagement, attention to power and process, and strengthening linkages between research, policy, practice, and social change. Christina’s areas of interest include social determinants of health, community and systems perspectives on HIV and AIDS, refugee and migrant health, and research capacity strengthening.


Ager A, Zarowsky C. “Balancing the personal, local, institutional and global: multiple case study and multidimensional scaling analysis of African experiences in addressing complexity and political economy in health research capacity strengthening.” Health Research Policy Systems, 2015, 13 (5)

Alastair K. Ager, Martina Lembani, Abdulaziz Mohammed, Garba Mohammed Ashir, Ahmad Abdulwahab, Helen de Pinho, Peter Delobelle and Christina Zarowsky. “Health Service Resilience in Yobe State, Nigeria in the Context of the Boko Haram Insurgency: A Systems Dynamics Analysis using Group Model Building.” Conflict and Health (2015) 9:30 DOI 10.1186/s13031-015-0056-3

Yarmoshuk Aaron, Gauntai Anastasia, Mwangu Mughwira, Cole, Donald, Zarowsky Christina. In press. Mapping International University Partnerships Identified by East African Universities as Strengthening Their Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health Programs. Annals of Global Health ISSN: 2214-9996 DOI: 10.1016/j.aogh.2016.07.006

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