Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Elizabeth Alvarez

PhD (McMaster), MPH (Toledo, Ohio), MD (Toledo, Ohio), BS (Toledo, Ohio)

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

905-525-9140 x 21143

Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
The David Braley Health Sciences Centre
100 Main Street West, Room 2006/A.
Hamilton, ON, L8P 1H6

Office location: DBHSC-2006/A.


Academic Interests

Elizabeth Alvarez is an Assistant Professor in the department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. She is licensed as a family physician in both Canada and the United States. After completing her medical degree and family medicine residency at the University of Toledo in Ohio, she earned a master’s degree in public health through the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health. She has worked in multiple healthcare settings in Canada, the US, and Honduras, including as the Associate Medical Officer of Health in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Elizabeth completed her PhD in Health Policy with a concentration in political studies at McMaster University and is currently teaching in the Master of Public Health Program. She also received her Certificate in Medical Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CMCBT) in 2015.

Her recent research focused on developing and evaluating the use of a workbook for contextualizing health systems guidance. As part of this work, Elizabeth helped develop contextualized evidence briefs around the topic of increasing access to key interventions to improve maternal and newborn health in two countries, Peru and Uganda. Elizabeth has provided support to the African Regional Office for the World Health Organization (WHO-AFRO) at the Regional Consultation on Optimizing Health Workers’ Roles to Improve Access to Key Maternal and Newborn Health Interventions Through Task-shifting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in September 2012 and to the EVIPNet Steering Group and WHO at its workshop on sharing practices in research uptake, knowledge translation and knowledge management in Geneva, Switzerland in September 2014.

Currently, Elizabeth is working on projects focusing on public health system strengthening, developing a Healthy Lifestyles Program that also includes family and community engagement strategies, and the role of physician assistants in health promotion for osteoarthritis, among others. Through the Master of Public Health Program, Elizabeth has developed and taught courses at McMaster University on Foundations of Public Health, on Public Health Policy, and on Theories of Health Behaviour.

Selected Publications

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