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Alvarez, Elizabeth BW


Elizabeth Alvarez is an experienced family/public health physician and ​Associate Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University. 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, and a PhD in Health Policy at McMaster University. She also holds a certificate in cognitive behavioural therapy (CMCBT).

Her research uses policy analysis and qualitative and mixed methods for applied knowledge translation, spanning the role of context in evidence informed decision making, public health topics, sustainable health behaviour change across the lifespan, and multidisciplinary care.

Teaching activities: 

  • Foundations of Public Health
  • Public Health Policy
  • Implications of Infectious Diseases
  • Theories of Health Behaviour
  • Transformational teaching and learning methods

Research Interests:

  • Contextualizing health systems guidance
  • Strengthening health systems
  • Behaviour change strategies
  • Health promotion and other public health topics


M.D., Medical College of Ohio
MPH, Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health
Ph.D, McMaster University
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