Sam Harper

Sam Harper

Associate Professor of Epidemiology

McGill University


I am an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health at McGill University. I am also a member of the McGill University Centre on Population Dynamics and McGill’s Public Policy and Population Health Observatory. I also hold an endowed chair of Impact of Health and Social Policy on Health Inequalities at Erasmus University Medical Center.

My research focuses on understanding population health and its social distribution, with specific interests in impact evaluation, measuring health inequalities, global health, demography, causal inference, and ethical issues in public health.

More information on specific projects, papers, students, and teaching are in my CV.

  • Social Epidemiology
  • Impact Evaluation
  • Reproducible Research
  • PhD in Epidemiologic Science, 2005

    University of Michigan

  • MSPH in Epidemiology, 1999

    University of South Carolina

  • BA in Biology, 1995

    Westminster College


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News coverage

  • Coverage by The Indian Express and Forbes on our recent paper investigating environmental conditions and suicide in India, 2020-09-19.
  • Report by The Leaf News on our paper looking at the cannabis “holiday” on April 20 and fatal traffic crashes, 2019-03-07.
  • Feature (and interview) on the Smarter Choices for Better Health Initiative, 2018-11-26.
  • Coverage of our paper on gun violence in US states by CNN, 2018-04-23.
  • NPR’s Hidden Brain story on our paper looking at the impact of recessions on mortality, 2018-01-16.
  • PBS NewsHour coverage of our work on seat belt laws and traffic crash mortality, 2017-04-30.


Beijing Household Energy Transitions

Beijing Household Energy Transitions

Health and air pollution impacts of household energy transitions

Tabora Newborn and Maternal Health Initiative

Tabora Newborn and Maternal Health Initiative

Evaluating a reproductive, maternal and newborn health intervention in Tanzania

Affordable Daycare To Empower Indian Women

Affordable Daycare To Empower Indian Women

Evaluating the impact of daycare on women and children

Antenatal Steroids and Child Health

Antenatal Steroids and Child Health

Assessing the consequences of antenatal corticosteroid administration on child neurodevelopment

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