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Margaret E. Kruk

Associate Professor of Global Health Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Kruk’s research generates evidence for improved health system quality and accountability in low- and middle-income countries. Her work focuses on the intersection of health care delivery and population expectations for health services with the aim of making health systems more responsive to users.


In collaboration with academic colleagues and governments in low-income countries, she studies health care utilization and quality, maternal health, and population preferences for health service delivery.  Dr. Kruk is also interested in the development of novel evaluation methods for assessing the effectiveness of complex interventions and health system reforms.  She has worked in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia, Ghana, and Kenya.

Dr. Kruk served as Commissioner on the Lancet Global Health 2035 Commission on Investing in Health and currently serves on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Health System Strengthening.  She is an editor of the Essential Surgery volume of the Disease Control Priorities Project, 3rd Edition.  Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Kruk was Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy and Director of the Better Health Systems Initiative at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  She was previously Policy Advisor for Health at the United Nations Millennium Project, an advisory body to the UN Secretary-General on implementing the Millennium Development Goals.  She holds an MD degree from McMaster University and an MPH from Harvard University.

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