neeru guptaDr. Neeru Gupta

Associate Professor and Health Research Chair in Diabetes

BSc, PhD (Université de Montréal)

Neeru joined the UNB faculty in November 2016. She holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, and the Diabetes Canada – New Brunswick Health Research Foundation  Chair in Diabetes Research.

Prior to coming to UNB, Neeru spent six years as senior epidemiologist at the New Brunswick Department of Health, and five years as analyst at the World Health Organization in Geneva (Switzerland). She has also led projects to advance research, data and training capacity in various university, government and private sector settings. She has published numerous articles, books, book chapters and reports on population health and health systems research, and sits on the editorial board for the international journal Human Resources for Health.

Research interests

Neeru’s interests lie in research design, methods and metrics to support evidence-informed policy and practice, notably as pertaining to diabetes and other high-burden conditions leading to healthy populations, sustainable health-care investments and better patient care experiences.

Selected publications

  • Gupta N, Wang H, Collette M, Pilgrim W, The State of Public Health in New Brunswick 2013. Fredericton, New Brunswick Department of Health, 2013.
  • Riley PL, Zuber A, Vindigni SM, Gupta N et al., “Information systems on human resources for health: a global review,” Human Resources for Health, 10(7), 2012.
  • Gupta N, Castillo-Laborde C, Landry MD, “Health-related rehabilitation services: assessing the global supply of and need for human resources,” BMC Health Services Research, 11(276), 2011.
  • Bhutta ZA, Chopra M, Axelson H, Berman P, Boerma T, Bryce J, Bustreo F, Cavagnero E, Cometto G, Daelmans B, de Francisco A, Fogstad H, Gupta N et al., "Countdown to 2015 decade report (2000–10): taking stock of maternal, newborn, and child survival," Lancet, 375(9730), 2010.
  • Dal Poz MR, Gupta N, Quain E, Soucat ALB (Eds), Handbook on Monitoring and Evaluation of Human Resources for Health. Geneva, World Health Organization, World Bank and United States Agency for International Development, 2009.
  • Leite IC, Gupta N, "Comprendre les dynamiques de l’utilisation des contraceptifs oraux au Brésil: facteurs associés avec l’interruption, l’échec et le changement de méthode contraceptive," Cahiers Québécois de Démographie, 36(1), 2007.
  • Gupta N, Katende C, Bessinger R, “An evaluation of post-campaign knowledge and practices of exclusive breastfeeding in Uganda,” Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 22(4), 2004.
  • Dioubaté Y, Gupta N, Larivière S et al., Impact socioéconomique du VIH/SIDA en République de Guinée. Quebec, Comité national de lutte contre le SIDA, Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement et Institut IDEA International, 2004.
  • Gupta N, Zurn P, Diallo K, Dal Poz MR, “Uses of population census data for monitoring geographic imbalance in the health workforce,” International Journal for Equity in Health, 2(11), 2003.
  • Murray CJL, Shengelia B, Gupta N et al., “Validity of reported vaccination coverage in 45 countries,” Lancet, 362(9389), 2003.
  • Gupta N, Mahy M, “Adolescent childbearing in sub-Saharan Africa: can increased schooling alone raise ages at first birth?” Demographic Research, 8(4), 2003.

Supervision areas

Population and family health; health policy and systems research; epidemiology of chronic disease and injury; epidemiology of diabetes; socioeconomic and behavioural determinants of health; health inequalities.


Please contact me to discuss possible supervision for graduate and postdoctoral research projects. Funding may be available for MA or PhD students with excellent academic records, and experience or interest in population health and health services research on diabetes and its social and health-related correlates.

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