Faculty and Staff


Zubia Mumtaz, MBBS, MPH, PhD

Professor and Program Director, Global Health

Public Health, School of

About Me

 My work is centered in the area of global maternal and reproductive health, with a focus on developing innovative solutions and programs to address the problem of high maternal mortality in low and middle-income countries. My research program aims to:

 1) Document how multiple and interlocking axis of inequity - gender, poverty and social exclusion - converge to place some groups of women in socially marginalized positions.

2) Develop an understanding of how these inequities are related to the chronic nature of marginalized women's excessive risk of reproductive health morbidity and mortality. 

3) Assess the performance of health systems in their delivery of maternal/reproductive health services. In partnerships with governments and non-governmental organizations, I conduct implementation research, to assess the quality of services (of both community-based programs and facility-based), coverage, and the challenges of scaling up delivery of services, especially to remote, rural populations.


PhD, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2003 
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 1996 
MBBS, Aga Khan University, 1988



Member, Royal Society of Canada

Killam Annual Professor, 2016-2017

Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Population Health Investigator Award, 2010-2017

Gender, Globalization and Health Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2007-2010

Commonwealth Scholarship, Commonwealth Association, 1999-2002

DAAD Academic Scholarship, 1996



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
Quantitative, qualitative research methods
Mixed methods research



Collaborations with governments:

  • Policy and Strategic Planning Unit, Government of Punjab, Pakistan
  • Reproductive Health Directorate, Federal Ministry of Health, Government of Malawi
  • Integrated Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and Nutrition Program, Punjab Pakistan
  • Quality Improvement Directorate, Federal Ministry of Health, Government of Malawi

Collaborations with academic institutions:

  • University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • University of Malawi, Malawi
  • Columbia University, United States

Collaborations with non-governmental organizations:

  • Real Medicine Foundation, Pakistan
  • Amref Health Africa, Kenya