Dr. Sameera Hussain

Dr. Sameera Hussain
Dr. Sameera Hussain
Adjunct Professor
Public Health Agency of Canada



Dr. Sameera Hussain is a global health policy expert working at the intersection of academia, policy, and practice. Her current work is focussed on transformation in the post-COVID19 context using systems approaches for effective, evidence-based policy-making. She works at the Public Health Agency of Canada, advancing strategic priorities for public health renewal.  

She is passionate about knowledge mobilization to bridge the evidence to policy gap in health systems. Dr. Hussain operates through a lens of intersectional feminism and social justice, and is committed to the mentorship of early-career women scholars from racialized communities/global South who are working in health policy and systems research. She maintains an active research agenda around health equity, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), structural determinants of health, and whole-of-government approaches to health and well-being.

Dr. Hussain holds a doctorate in global public health and degrees in political and development studies. She serves on the editorial board of BMC’s Globalization and Health Journal, where she recently spearheaded a special journal issue on health intersectoralism in the SDG era.  She was recognized in 2020 on the Canadian Women in Global Health list.

Current Research

Collaborator. SSRHC Insight Grant. Understanding Canada’s approach to intersectoral action in the Sustainable Development Goal era. Principal Investigator: Erica Di Ruggiero. University of Toronto.

Selected Publishcations

Javadi D, Hussain S. (2020). Enhancing diversity in public health scholarship: the role of publication mentorship. Health Policy and Planning. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czaa104.

Hussain S, Javadi D, Andrey J, Labonté R, Ghaffar A. (2020). Health intersectoralism in the Sustainable Development Goal era: from theory to practice. Globalization and Health. DOI: 10.1186/s12992-020-0543-1.

Clark J, Hussain S, Slawecki E, Lawley S, Greenwood M, Hatcher-Roberts J et al. Canadian Women in Global Health #CWIGH: call for nominations. The Lancet. July 14, 2018. Volume 392. Issue 10142, p.121-122.

Hussain S et al. (2015) From knowing our needs to enacting change: findings from consultations with indigenous communities in Bangladesh. International Journal for Equity in Health (2015). DOI 10.1186/s12939-015-0264-x.

Brolan C, Hussain S et al. (2014) Community participation in formulating the post-2015 health and development goal agenda: reflections of a multi-country research collaboration. International Journal for Equity in Health. DOI:10.1186/s12939-014-0066-6.

Research interests

  • Health Policy and Planning
  • Health Systems
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Intersectoral Governance
  • Structural Determinants of Health
  • Globalization and Health Equity