Sam Harper

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Associate Professor

Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
McGill University
Purvis Hall Building, Room 34B
1020 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1A2

Tel.: 514-398-2856
Fax: 514-398-4503
E-Mail: sam.harper [at] (Sam Harper)



Sam Harper received his training in epidemiology from the University of Michigan. He was previously a fellow at the US National Center for Health Statistics, and did post-doctoral training in epidemiology at McGill. He is also a member of the Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium. His research focuses on understanding population health and its social distribution, with specific interests in evidence construction, measuring health inequalities, global health, demography, cancer epidemiology, causal inference, and ethical issues in public health. His current research projects are on affordable childcare to empower Indian women and using natural experiments to evaluate the impact of population health interceptions on health inequality.

Recent Publications

McLinden T, Moodie EEM, Hamelin AM, Harper S, Walmsley SL, Paradis G Aibibula W, Klein MB, Cox J. Injection Drug Use, Unemployment, and Severe Food Insecurity Among HIV-HCV Co-Infected Individuals: A Mediation Analysis. AIDS and Behavior, 2017. 

Riddell CA, Harper S, Kaufman JS. Trends in Differences in US Mortality Rates Between Black and White Infants. JAMA Pediatrics, 2017. 
Harper S, Kaufman JS, Cooper RS. Declining US life expectancy: A first look. Epidemiology 2017;27:409-414.e6. 
Elani HW, Harper S, Thomson WM, Espinoza IL, Mejia GC, Ju X, Jamieson LM, Kawachi I, Kaufman JS. Social inequalities in tooth loss: A multinational comparison. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2017 Jun;45(3):266-274. 

Sreeramareddy CT, Harper S, Ernstsen L. Educational and wealth inequalities in tobacco use among men and women in 54 low-income and middle-income countries. Tobacco Control 2018;27:26-34.