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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
Dr. Emma Apatu

Emma Apatu


Director, Master of Public Health Program, McMaster University
Associate Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI)
Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA)

T: (905) 525-9140

Communications Research Lab (CRL)
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West, 
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4L8  

Emma Apatu is the Director of McMaster’s Master of Public Health Program; an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI)  and a member of CHEPA. She holds a DrPH from East Tennessee State University, and a MPH from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Before joining McMaster at the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of North Florida (UNF).


  • Public health education and training  
  • Interdisciplinary public health research
  • Applied public health research
  • Health services
  • Health equity
  • Disaster sociology


Apatu A, Sinnott W, Piggott T, Butler-Jones T, Anderson LN, Alvarez L, et al.Where are we now? A content analysis of Canadian Master of Public Health course descriptions and the Public Health Agency of Canada's core competencies. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2020. May 4.

Hamadi H, Moody L, Apatu E, Vossos H, Spaulding A. (2019). Impact of Hospitals’ Referral Region racial and ethnic diversity on 30-day readmission. Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. (In press).

Apatu E, Stallings-Smith S, Anderson L, Alvarez E, Spaulding S. Does 
Community Engagement Status matter for US County Health Rankings? Journal of Public Health. (In press).

Spaulding A, Stallings-Smith S, Hamadi H, Park Sinyoung, Niazi S. Apatu E, (2018). A community health care for psychiatric care: A cross-sectional study of County Health Rankings. General Hospital Psychiatry.

Hamadi H, Apatu E, Loh C-P, Farah H, Walker K, Spaulding A. (2018). Does level of minority presence and hospital reimbursement policy influence hospital reimbursement policy influence hospital referral region health rankings in the United States? International Journal of Health Planning and Management.

Spaulding A, Mease A, Spaulding A, Stallings-Smith S, Apatu E. (2018). Association between Degree Granting Institutions and County Health Rankings. Public Health, 161, 75-82.

Osagiede O, Costa S, Rose J, Allen K, Spaulding A, Rose M, Apatu E. (2018). Teachers’ Perceptions of Student Mental Health: The Roles of School-Based Mental Health Services Delivery Models. Children & Schools. 40, 240-8.

Hamadi H, Osagiede O, Apatu E, Spaulding A, (2018). Insight into Healthcare Services: A characterization of Emergency Room Visits and Economic Hazards in the United State. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness,

 Apatu E, Hamadi H, Abrams J, Metzger I, Spaulding A. (2018). Association between Hospital Community Services and County Population Health Factors in the U.S. Journal of Public Health.

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