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Marwa Farag

Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan and Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar.

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Marwa Farag is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan and Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar. Previously, She worked as a senior research associate at the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Global Institute For Health and Development at Brandeis University. Dr. Farag’s international experience includes working in Iraq on health financing and resource allocation issues and on health sector reform in Egypt.  Dr. Farag’s primary research areas are health policy, health financing, health economics, and health program planning and evaluation. Her research examining the relationships between economic development, governance, foreign aid and health outcomes at the country level has been widely cited in relevant academic journals and also by international aid organizations. More recent research projects include examining the burden of out of pocket drug and dental expenditures in Canada and economic evaluations of different health interventions.  Dr. Farag has a M.Sc. in Health Policy, Planning and Financing (Health Economics) from the London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. She has a second Msc. in International Health Policy and Management, and a Ph.D. in Health Policy from the Heller School For Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Dr. Farag was also a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government (KSG), Harvard University for two years. 


Selected Publications

Yaghoubi M, Mansell K, Vatanparast H, Steeves M, Zeng W, Farag M. Prevalence of diabetes-related complications and their association with determinants identified in Canada’s Survey on Living with Chronic Diseases–Diabetes Component (SLCDC-DM-2011). Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 2019 Sep 24.

Dankwah E, Kirychuk S, Zeng W, Feng C, Farag M. Socioeconomic inequalities in the use of caesarean section delivery in Ghana: a cross-sectional study using nationally representative data. International journal for equity in health. 2019 Dec 1;18(1):162.

Khakpour M, Iqbal R, GhulamHussain N, Engler-Stringer R, Koc M, Garcea J, Farag M, Henry C, Vatanparast H*. Facilitators and Barriers toward Food Security of Afghan Refugees Residing in Karachi, Pakistan. Ecology of food and nutrition. 2019 Apr 17:1-8.

Dankwah E, Zeng W, Feng C, Kirychuk S, Farag M. The social determinants of health facility delivery in Ghana. Reproductive health. 2019; 16(1):101.

Lane G, Farag M, White J, Nisbet C, Vatanparast H. Chronic health disparities among refugee and immigrant children in Canada. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 2018 May 4;43(10):1043-58.

Essien SK, Feng CX, Sun W, Farag M, Li L, Gao Y. Sleep duration and sleep disturbances in association with falls among the middle-aged and older adults in China: a population-based nationwide study. BMC geriatrics. 2018;18(1):196.

Pswarayi H, Dankwah E, Kaur M, Okon I, Yaghoubi M, Qarmout T, Steeves M, Farag M. Provincial health expenditure and cardiovascular disease mortality, a panel data study of Canadian provinces. The International journal of health planning and management. 2018 Aug 3.

Awe OA, Okpalauwaekwe U, Lawal AK, Ilesanmi MM, Feng C, Farag M. Association between patient attachment to a regular doctor and self-perceived unmet health care needs in Canada: A population-based analysis of the 2013 to 2014 Canadian community health surveys. The International journal of health planning and management. 2018 Aug 29.

Dankwah E, Steeves M, Ramsay D, Feng C, Farag M. The relationship between sociodemographic factors and reporting having terminated a pregnancy among Ghanaian women: a population-based study. International health. 2018 May 19.

Bethune R, Absher N, Obiagwu M, Qarmout T, Steeves M, Yaghoubi M, Tikoo R, Szafron M, Dell C, Farag M. Social determinants of self-reported health for Canada's indigenous peoples: a public health approach. Public health. 2018 Apr 14.

Schurer JM, Dang-Xuan S, Farag M. Just Enough Cooks in the Kitchen: Key Ingredients for International Collaboration. Trends in parasitology. 2019 Jan 1;35(1):1-4.

Farag M., Nandakumar A. K., Wallack S., Hodgkin D. , Gaumer G., & Erbil C. (2013) Health expenditures, health outcomes and the role of good governance. International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, 13 (1), 33-52.

Farag M., Nandakumar A. K., Wallack S., Hodgkin D. , Gaumer G., & Erbil C. (2012) The income elasticity of health care spending in developing and developed countries. International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, 12(2), 145-162.


Shelabya A., Abdul Rahim H., Abul Naga R., Awawda S., Mataria A., Abu-Zaineh M., Farag M. and Kaddar M Covid-19: Public policy responses and health consequences in the Arab region. Hikama, 1: 141-156.