Faculty and Staff


Zubia Mumtaz, PhD, MPH, MBBS

Associate Professor

Public Health, School of

About Me

My research interests centre on the gendered social and cultural determinants of women's reproductive health.

Working largely in South Asia, my current research focuses on the conceptualizations of gender and class, construction of these social inequities and their impact on maternal health inequities. I am also interested in understanding the role of gender values and class ideologies on reproductive health policies, the design and delivery of maternal health services and access to such services by the marginalized and vulnerable women in these contexts.

A parallel body of research is developing systems to measure disparity and inequality. My particular expertise is in combining the principles of quantitative and qualitative research methods, having conducted village ethnographies and population health surveys in insecure rural environments.




PhD, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2002 
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 1996 
MBBS, Aga Khan University, 1988




Population Health Investigator Award, Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions, 2010 
Gender, Globalization and Health Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2007 
Commonwealth Scholarship, Commonwealth Association, 1999




Global health
reproductive and maternal health
gender and class inequities
social determinants of health
health systems and maternal health policy
community health workers and midwives
quantative, qualitative research methods
mixed methods research





Research collaborations within the University of Alberta:

  • Faculty of Medicine, Canada
  • Faculty of Nursing, Canada

Research collaborations with other academic institutions:

  • James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh
  • University of Calgary, Canada
  • University of Malawi, Malawi
  • University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Columbia University, United States
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, United States

Collaborations with non-governmental organizations:

  • Amref Health Africa, Kenya
  • Mata Jai Kaur Foundation, India
  • Real Medicine Foundation, Pakistan
  • Save the Children, United Kingdom

Collaborations with governmental organizations:

  • Balochistan Maternal and Child Health Program, Pakistan
  • Ministry of Health, Government of Balochistan, Pakistan
  • Pakistan Federal Government, Pakistan
  • Government of Punjab, Pakistan