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Global &Environmental 

Health Lab

Godfred odei boateng uta 2


Assistant Professor

School of Global Health

Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Sept 2019- July 2022  -       Assistant Professor

                                                Kinesiology, University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)

Boateng Reserach Group

Sept 2018- Sept 2019  -      Postdoctoral Research Fellow

                                                Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health (Boston, MA, United States)

July 2016- Aug 2018  -        Postdoctoral Research Fellow

                                                Anthropology & Global Health, Northwestern University (Evanstons, IL, United States)

Health equity
Global & Environmental health
Maternal and Child health
Noncommunicable diseases
Measurement theory

Introduction to Global HealthQualitative Research Methods in Global HealthScale development and validation
Urbanization and Vulnerable Populations
Public Health Sciences and Methods
Introduction to Biostatistics
Introduction to Epidemiology

Dr. Godfred Boateng is an Assistant Professor at the School of Global Health, Director of the Global and Environmental Health Lab, and a faculty fellow at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research at York University, Toronto Canada. 

Dr. Boateng is an expert in the design and application of culturally relevant scalable methodologies to study the multidimensional factors and processes that shape health and health equity across spatial scales (household, community, institutional, national), and how they can be promoted and sustained. His research program is transdisciplinary and focuses on resource insecurity, health, and sustainable livelihoods; the socio-ecological determinants of cardiometabolic conditions in aging adults; social inequity in health systems; quantitative data analysis methods and survey scale development; and COVID-19 related health effects. Dr. Boateng’s research in these areas have been critical in transforming the understanding of the key social and structural determinants of health among vulnerable populations, including women, infants, children, and older adults. 

Dr. Boateng’s outstanding global health scholarship appears in over 50 peer-reviewed publications with more than 2,000 citations. His work has been published in the British Medical Journal -Global Health, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Environmental Management, WIREs Water, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Frontiers of Public Health, Journal of Economic Geography, Global Health Journal, PloS ONE, Environment and Urbanization, and Health Policy and Planning. His landmark work, a primer focused on best practices for developing and validating scales for health, social, and behavioral research has been viewed over 170,000 times and downloaded over 29,000 times across the globe. 


Dr. Boateng’s research is supported through both internal and external funding sources from the United States Health Resources & Service Administration, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute of Transportation and Communities, the University of Texas at Arlington, and York University. Dr. Boateng has won several academic awards including the Nobuo Maeda International Research Award for the Aging and Health Section at the American Public Health Association Conference and the Community and Public Health Nutrition Travel Award for Outstanding Young Scientist at Experimental Biology Conference in 2017. 

Dr. Boateng is an Academic Editor at PloS ONE, a Guest Associate Editor in Life-Course Epidemiology and Social Inequalities in Health for the Frontiers in Public Health; a Review Editor for the Frontiers in Psychology, specifically, Quantitative Psychology and Measurement; and the Lead Associate Editor for a special issue on “Measuring Health Inequities among Vulnerable Populations” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

He approaches his research from a transdisciplinary perspective drawing on methods, frameworks, and theories from geography, nutrition, social epidemiology, population health, sociology, demography, and international development. 

Prior to joining York University, Dr. Boateng was an Assistant Professor of Public Health, and an Affiliate Faculty at the Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics at the University of Texas at Arlington. He trained and worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Health at Harvard University (2018-2019), Northwestern University (2016-2018), and Cornell University (2016). He received his Ph.D. in Sociology in 2016 from Western University, London, Ontario. He holds an MPhil degree in Sociology from the University of Ghana, which consisted of a one-year scholarship at UiT, The Artic University of Norway (Universitetet I Tromsø), with additional training in Peace, Health and Medical Work.


Principal Researcher

Jan 2016- July 2016  -         Postdoctoral Associate

                                                Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, United States)


American Public Health Association (APHA)

Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)

Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS)

American Society for Nutrition (ASN)

International Sociological Association (ISA)

March 2023- Present  -       Associate Member

                                                Faculty of Graduate Studies (Health), York University

April 2023- Present     -       Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Humanitarianism 

                                                   York University & Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Sept 2021- Present     -       Affiliate Faculty, Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics

                                                University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)

July 2022- Present  -           Assistant Professor

                                                School of Global Health, York University  (Toronto, Canada)

                                             Faculty Fellow

                                             Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research