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Raquel Burgess, MSc


I am a doctoral student in the Dept of Social and Behavioral Sciences and am being advised by Dr. Yusuf Ransome in the STRETCH Lab. I am interested in the commercial determinants of health and finding ways to improve the impact that corporate activities can have on population health. I also conduct research in the areas of health communication, global health, and medical education.

In the past I have worked as a Research Assistant for the Dept of Family Medicine at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada where I conducted research on medical school admissions procedures. I completed my MSc in Global Health and BSc in Kinesiology at McMaster, where I conducted research on gender and health in South Africa.

I am trained in both qualitative and quantitative methods and have been expanding my statistical toolbox to include advanced methods such as spatial analysis and causal inference. I am passionate about ensuring that my research can inform public health policy and practice. I enjoy writing and currently work as a Strategic Communications Fellow with the Yale Jackson School, and have previously worked as a freelance journalist with the Arts Paper in New Haven, CT.

Education & Training

  • MSc
    McMaster University, Global Health
  • BSc
    McMaster University, Kinesiology

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Doctoral Foreign Study AwardCanadian Institutes of Health Research2019