Dr. Spiegel’s academic training is in economics and sociology (McGill, MA); environmental health and health administration (U of Toronto, MSc); and Community Health Sciences (Manitoba, PhD). He is also affiliated with the Liu Institute for Global Issues, where he has been Director of Global Health; is co-director of the Global Health Research Program, a WHO Collaborating Centre in in Occupational and Environmental Health; was director of the UBC Centre for International Health from 2003 to 2010; and was founding chairperson of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research. He has led research and capacity building programs and projects in Cuba, Slovakia, Ecuador and South Africa and is active in the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. In addition he has 15 years of experience as a senior policy official with the Manitoba Government Department of Environment and was a Senior Editor of the International Labour Office Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety.
Dr. Spiegel’s research interests include the effects of globalization on health, ecosystem approaches to human health, understanding and addressing influences of physical and social environments on health, global health and human security, the economic evaluation of interventions, and health and equity in Latin America.
PhD students (completed with *):
* Kavita Sarwal
Spiegel JM, Breilh J, Yassi A. Why language matters: Insights and challenges in applying a social determination of health approach in a North-South collaborative research program. Globalization and Health. 2015 11:9 DOI 10.1186/s12992-015-0091-2
Spiegel JM, Lockhart K, Dyck C, Wilson A, O’Hara L, Yassi A. Tool, Weapon, or White Elephant? A realist analysis of the five phases of a twenty-year programme of occupational health information system implementation in the health sector. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 2012; 12:84
Spiegel JM, Alegret M, Clair V, Pagliccia N, Martinez B, Bonet M, Yassi A. Intersectoral Action for Health at a Municipal Level in Cuba. International Journal of Public Health. 2012; 57(1): 15-23.
Spiegel JM, Breilh J, Beltran E, Parra J, Solis F, Yassi A, Rojas A, Orrego E, Henry B, Bowie W, Pearce L, Gaibor J, Velasquez P, Concepcion M, Parkes M. Establishing a community of practice of researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and communities to sustainably manage environmental health risks in Ecuador. BMC International Health and Human Rights. 2011; 11(Suppl 2):S5.
Spiegel JM and Huish RL. Canadian foreign aid for global health: Human security opportunity lost. Canadian Foreign Policy 2010; 15(3): 60-84.
Mitchell-Foster K, Beltran E, Spiegel JM, Arichabala A, Ordóñez T, Adrian J, Breilh, J. Integrating participatory community mobilization processes to improve dengue prevention: an Eco-Bio-Social scaling up of local success in Machala, Ecuador. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2015 109:126–133 doi:10.1093/trstmh/tru209.
Engelbrecht MC, Yassi A, Spiegel JM, Van Rensburg AJ, O’Hara LM, Bryce EA, Nophale LE, and Rau A. Tuberculosis and blood-borne infectious diseases: Workplace conditions and practices of healthcare workers at three public hospitals in the Free State. Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2015;30(1):23-28.
Weiler AM, Hergesheimer C, Brisbois B, Wittman H, Yassi A, Spiegel JM. Food sovereignty, food security and health equity: a meta-narrative mapping exercise. Health Policy Plan. 2014; czu109v1-czu109.
Tsuei S, Yassi A, Spiegel JM. Critical reflection on a summer global health research internship: The need for education on global development paradigms in medical schools Medical Teacher 2014; Sep 2:1-3.
Khan, R., Yassi, A., Engelbrecht, M. C., Nophale, L., van Rensburg, A. J., & Spiegel, J. (2014). Barriers to HIV counselling and testing uptake by health workers in three public hospitals in Free State Province, South Africa. AIDS Care, 2014; Aug 30:1-8.
Nkoko L., Spiegel J., Rau A., Parent S., Yassi A.(). Reducing the Risks to Health Care Workers From Blood and Body Fluid Exposure in a Small Rural Hospital in Thabo-Mofutsanyana, South Africa. Workplace Health & Safety. 2014; 62(9) 382-388. doi: 10.3928/21650799-20140815-03
Feagan M, Koné B, Brou K, Houenou YA, Kouassi E, Spiegel JM Réflexion critique des approches écosystémiques de la santé sur la base des expériences des jeunes chercheurs au Canada, en Afrique Occidentale et Centrale et en Amérique Centrale. VertigO – la revue électronique en sciences de l’environnement [En ligne], Hors-série 19 | Août 2014 ; http://vertigo.revues.org/14963 ; DOI : 10.4000/vertigo.14963.
Liautaud A, Yassi A, Engelbrecht MC, O’Hara LM, Rau A, Bryce EA, Spiegel JM, Uebel K, Zungu M, Roscoe D, Janse van Rensburg A, Nophale LE. Building Capacity to Design, Implement and Evaluate Action Research Projects to Decrease the Burden of HIV and TB in the Healthcare Workforce: A South African- Canadian Collaboration. Open Medicine. 2013; 7(3 Suppl):s33.
Yassi A, O’Hara L, Lockhart K, Spiegel JM. Workplace programmes for HIV and Tuberculosis: A systematic review to support development of international guidelines for the health workforce. AIDS Care. 2013; 25(5):525-543.
Yassi A, Breilh J, Dharamsi S, Lockhart K, Spiegel JM. The Ethics of Ethics Reviews in Global Health Research: Case studies applying a new paradigm. Journal of Academic Ethics. 2013; DOI 10.1007/s10805-013-9182-y.
Yassi A, Lockhart K, Sykes M, Buck B, Stime B, Spiegel JM. The effectiveness of joint health and safety committees: A systematic review. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2013; Apr;56(4):424-38.
Huish RL and Spiegel JM. First as Tragedy and then on to Farce: Canadian Foreign Aid for Global Health. Canadian Foreign Policy. 2012; 18(2): 244-246.
Yassi A, O’Hara LM, Lockhart K, Spiegel JM. Workplace programmes for HIV and Tuberculosis: A systematic review to support development of international guidelines for the health workforce. AIDS Care. 2012 DOI:10.1080/09540121.2012.712668.
Muñoz G, Mota L, Bowie W, Quizhpe A, Orrego E, Spiegel JM, Yassi A. Ecosystem approach to promoting appropriate antibiotic use for children in indigenous communities in Ecuador. Rev Panam Salud Publica 2012, vol.30, n.6, pp. 566-573. ISSN 1020-4989.
Kone B, Kouassi E, Fayomi B, Houenou Y, Feagan M, Spiegel JM. Facilitating the Relationship Between Researchers and Policy-Makers: Experiences from Three Ecohealth Projects in West and Central Africa. Ecohealth. 2011; 8: 413–417. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-012-0740-3.
Yassi A, Bryce EA, Breilh J, Lavoie MC, Ndelu L, Lockhart K, Spiegel JM. Research collaboration between infection control and occupational health in three continents: A success story with international impact. BMC International Health and Human Rights. 2011; 11 (Suppl 2):S8.
Webb JC, Mergler D, Parkes MW, Saint-Charles J, Spiegel J, Waltner-Toews D, Yassi A, Woollard RF. Tools for Thoughtful Action: the role of ecosystem approaches to health in enhancing public health, Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2010; 101(6): 439-441.
Spiegel JM, Wasan K, Dharamsi S, Yassi A. Strategies for Neglected Global Diseases: Why we are still failing. PLoS Medicine. 2010; 7(5): e1000255. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000255 1-5.
Pagliccia N, Spiegel JM, Alegret M, Bonet M, Martinez B, Yassi A. Network analysis as a tool to assess the intersectoral management of health determinants at the local level: An exploratory study of two Cuban municipalities. Social Science & Medicine. 2010; 71(2): 394-399.
Yassi A, Dharamsi S, Spiegel JM, Rojas A, Dean E, Woollard R. The good, the bad and the ugly of partnered research: Revisiting the sequestration thesis and the role of universities in promoting social justice. International Journal of Health Services. 2010; 40(3): 485-505.
Yassi A, Bryce EA, Spiegel J. Assuming our global responsibility: Improving working conditions for healthcare workers globally. Open Medicine. 3(3):174-177. 2009.
Parkes M, Spiegel JM, Breilh J, Cabarcas F, Huish R, Yassi A. Building sustainable capacity to promote the health of marginalized populations through international collaboration: Examining community-oriented training innovations in Ecuador. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2009; 87(4):312–319
Huish RL, Spiegel JM. Integrating Health and Human Security into Foreign Policy: Cuba’s Surprising Success. The International Journal of Cuban Studies 2008;1(1):42-53.
Spiegel JM, Gonzalez M, Cabrera GJ, Catasus S , Vidal C, Yassi A. Promoting Health in Response to Global Tourism Expansion in Cuba. Health Promotion International. 2008; 23(1): 60-69.
Spiegel JM, Bonet M, Ibarra AM, Pagliccia N, Ouellette V, Yassi A. Social and environmental determinants of Aedes aegypti infestation in Central Havana: Results of a case-control study nested in an integrated dengue surveillance program in Cuba. Tropical Medicine and International Health 2007 12(4):503-510.
Bonet M, Spiegel J, Ibarra AM, Kouri, G, Pintre A and Yassi A. An integrated ecosystem approach for sustainable prevention and control of dengue in Central Havana. Int J Occup Environ Health 2007 13(2):188-194.
Spiegel JM, Garcia M, Bonet M and Yassi A. Learning together: A Canada-Cuba research collaboration to improve the sustainable management of environmental health risks. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2006;97(1):50-55.
Neufeld V, Spiegel JM. Canada and Global Health Research: 2005 Update. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2006;97(1):39-41.
Spiegel JM, Yassi A. Lessons from the margins of globalization: Appreciating the Cuban health paradox. Journal of Public Health Policy. 2004;25(1):85-110.
Spiegel JM Commentary: Daring to learn from a good example and break the ‘Cuba taboo’. International Journal of Epidemiology 2006;35:825–826.
Spiegel JM, Bennett S, Hattersley L, Hayden MH, Kittayapong P, Nalim S, Wang DNC, Zielinski-Gutiérrez, E, Gubler D. Barriers and Bridges to Prevention and Control of Dengue: The need for a Social-Ecological Approach. EcoHealth 2005; 2:273-290.
Spiegel JM, Labonte R, Ostry A. Understanding “globalization” as a determinant of health determinants: a critical perspective. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2004;10:360-7.
Labonte R, Spiegel JM. Setting global health research priorities. British Medical Journal. 2003;326:722-723.
Spiegel JM, Labonte R, Hatcher-Roberts J, Girard J, Neufeld V. Tackling the 10-90 gap: A report from Canada. Lancet. Sept 13 2003;362(9387):917-918.
Spiegel JM, Bonet M, Yassi A, Tate B, Concepción M, Cañizares M. Evaluating the effectiveness of a multi-component intervention to improve health in an inner-city Havana community. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2003;9(2):118-127.
Current research projects involving students include:
- Food systems and health equity in an era of globalization: Think, Eat and Grow Green Globally (TEG3)
- 5 year CIHR funded research program on pathways to health equity
- Being conducted in Ecuador and Canada with an interdisciplinary team in both countries
- Tool, Weapon or White Elephant?: Assessing the use and perceived usefulness of a State-of the-art Information System adapted for an Occupational Health Program in South Africa
- Assessing the application of information technology to improve health equity (among health workers) in South Africa – CIHR funded
- Linked to a CIHR research program on “ Promoting Health Equity by Addressing the Needs of Health Workers: A Collaborative, International Research Program” including impact of globalization on occupational health and safety
- Meeting capacity-building and scaling-up challenges to sustainably prevent and control dengue in Machala, Ecuador
- IDRC and WHO Tropical Disease Research Program funded research project applying an ecosystem approach to health
- Includes development and evaluation of new information system approach to promote health equity