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Mary E. Wiktorowicz, PhD, MSc

Mary E. Wiktorowicz, PhD, MSc

Mary E. Wiktorowicz, PhD, MSc

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Mary Wiktorowicz is Professor of Global Health Governance and Policy in the Faculty of Health, York University. As Associate Dean, Community and Global (2014 – 2017), she supported the launch of the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research and served as Associate Director from fall 2020.

As Chair, School of Health Policy and Management from 2006 – 2014, she led the school through a period of growth including the development of the PhD Program in Health, Health Policy and Equity, and fostered development of the interdisciplinary Global Health BA and BSc. She chairs the committee developing the PhD in Global Health and is a member of the Graduate Programs in Health (Health Policy and Equity) and Critical Disability Studies.

Professor Wiktorowicz adopts a comparative lens to study global health governance. As co-Principle Investigator for the CIHR-funded Global One Health Network, she leads a research-enabling platform on the global governance of infectious disease that addresses the governance of antimicrobial resistance and emergent zoonoses. In related CIHR-funded research, she assesses the transnational regulatory governance of wildlife trade in preventing such zoonoses as SARS-CoV-2, and is a member of the WHO Collaborating Centre on the Global Governance of AMR.

Professor Wiktorowicz develops frameworks to enhance our understanding of the transnational governance models that guide the development of harmonized global health standards. She compared the governance framework of the International Council on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) and its member jurisdictions to clarify the nature of their distinctive governance approaches and the dissonance they foster in post-market pharmaceutical regulatory policy.

Professor Wiktorowicz's research in global health governance addresses the limitations in accountability underlying global programs of financial aid, including social and performance accountability frameworks for maternal and child health in Sub-Saharan Africa and Indigenous Communities in India. She also explores global policy networks engaged in women’s, children’s and youth health.

Research on mental health governance involved analysing the impact of prevailing institutional logics on the evolution of mental health law and policy that fostered exclusion of mental health from Canadian medicare. She led research that compared governance models ten local networks used to coordinate mental health care and emerging models for concurrent disorder care.

Professor Wiktorowicz has advised governments on current policy, including the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, Health Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ontario Local Health Integration Network Collaborative on Mental Health,  and the Nova Scotia Department of Health. She was a CIHR Best Brain.


Global Health Foresighting


Critical Problem-Solving, Governance, Infectious Disease





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