Neeru Gupta

Associate Professor



Tilley Hall 16

1 506 453 5177

Dr. Neeru Gupta joined the UNB faculty in November 2016. She holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology.

Dr. Gupta completed doctoral studies in demography from Université de Montréal in 2000. Prior to coming to UNB, she was senior epidemiologist at the New Brunswick Department of Health, demographer-statistician at the World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland), and evaluation analyst at ORC Macro International (Washington, USA).

At UNB, Dr. Gupta continues to conduct population health and health services research, and teaches courses in various areas including health care, population studies and social statistics. She is also an adjunct professor with Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, an associate scientist with the Maritime Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, a co-investigator with Diabetes Action Canada, a contributor to the Canadian Health Workforce Network, and an editorial board member for the international journal Human Resources for Health.

Research interests

My interests lie in research design and metrics to help inform health policy and practice through a health promotion, equity, and social determinants lens. My research is grounded in the Quadruple Aim for healthcare improvement: healthy populations, sustainable healthcare investments, and better patient and provider experiences. This framework for optimizing health systems performance has been adopted by health organizations across Canada and around the world.

My research projects prioritize the use of population-based survey and administrative data from official sources, given the evidence that such sources are more often found to be useful to public policy makers. I am currently working with large-scale provincial and national data sets housed in the secure computing facilities of the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT) and the New Brunswick Research Data Centre (NB-RDC), both located on the UNB Fredericton campus.

Selected publications

Gupta N, Sheng Z. (2020). Disparities in the hospital cost of cardiometabolic diseases among lesbian, gay, and bisexual Canadians: a population-based cohort study using linked data. Canadian Journal of Public Health. DOI: 10.17269/s41997-020-00296-4

Gupta N, Crouse DL, Balram A. (2020). Individual and community-level income and the risk of diabetes rehospitalization among women and men: a Canadian population-based cohort study. BMC Public Health, 20(60), 1-9.

Foroughi I, Gupta N, Crouse DL. (2020). Healthcare service use for mood and anxiety disorders following acute myocardial infarction: a cohort study of the role of neighbourhood socioenvironmental characteristics in a largely rural population. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(14), 1-12.

Gupta N, Sheng Z. (2019). A population-based study of the association between food insecurity and potentially avoidable hospitalization among persons with diabetes using linked survey and administrative data. International Journal of Population Data Science, 4(1:19), 1-9.

Gupta N, Lavallée R, Ayles J. (2019). Gendered effects of pay for performance among family physicians for chronic disease care: an economic evaluation in a context of universal health coverage. Human Resources for Health, 17(40): 1-9.

Gupta N. (2017). Charting the progression of diabetes mellitus in New Brunswick: rates, correlates, and implications for accountability in public policy. Journal of New Brunswick Studies, 8(1):69-86.

Gupta N, Castillo-Laborde C, Landry MD. (2011). Health-related rehabilitation services: assessing the global supply of and need for human resources. BMC Health Services Research, 11(276):1-11.

Bhutta ZA, Chopra M, Axelson H, Berman P, Boerma T, …, Gupta N, et al. (2010). Countdown to 2015 decade report (2000–10): taking stock of maternal, newborn, and child survival. The Lancet, 375(9730):2032-44.

Dal Poz MR, Gupta N, Quain E, Soucat ALB (Eds). (2009). Handbook on Monitoring and Evaluation of Human Resources for Health. Geneva: World Health Organization, World Bank & United States Agency for International Development.

Supervision areas

  • Population and community health
  • Health systems and policy research
  • Social determinants of health
  • Social epidemiology of diabetes and associated conditions
  • Health inequalities

Please contact me to discuss possible supervision for undergraduate, master’s and doctoral research projects.

I do not currently have available funding for new postdoctoral fellows, but am always open to speaking with PhD graduates who have their own funding or are looking to apply for funding.