Dr. Ian McDowell
Dr. Ian McDowell (he/him)



Ian McDowell, PhD, is an emeritus professor in the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine. His academic interests include health measurement (author of Measuring Health: a Guide to Rating Scales and Questionnaires, Oxford, New York, third edition, 2006); the epidemiology of cognitive impairments and dementia (principal investigator of the Canadian Study of Health and Aging, 1989-2006); and the manner in which social factors influence health. He has taught courses in the graduate programmes in Epidemiology and in Population Health at University of Ottawa and also in the School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong. From 2006 to 2015, he coordinated the undergraduate medical curriculum component on Society, the Individual and Medicine. In 2017 he co-authored the second edition of an online textbook for medical students on public and population health and as of 2020-21 is preparing a text on explanatory theories in social epidemiology. 

Research interests

  • Medical Education
  • Behavioural Science in Medicine
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Health measurement
  • Health Care Research Methodology
  • Aging and Dementia