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GODFRED O. BOATENG, Ph.D, MPhil

Assistant Professor, School of Global Health

Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Humanitarianism

Faculty Fellow, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

TEACHING INTERESTS

Appointments

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)

Jul 2016- Aug 2018        Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

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

Introduction to Global Health Global Health and HumanitarianismMethods in Global HealthScale development and validationGlobal Health Architecture
Urbanization and Vulnerable Populations

Dr. Godfred Boateng is an Assistant Professor at the School of Global Health, Director of the Global and Environmental Health Lab, a Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Humanitarianism, 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 60 peer-reviewed publications with more than 5,000 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 350,000 times and downloaded over 60,000 times across the globe. 

 

Dr. Boateng’s research is supported through both internal and external funding sources from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council; Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Canadian Foundation for Innovation; International Development Research Centre; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities; United States Health Resources & Service Administration; the National Institute of Transportation and Communities; and the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. 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 Public Health, a Review Editor for the Frontiers in Psychology, specifically, Quantitative Psychology and Measurement; and the Lead Associate Editor for a second 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.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Principal Researcher

Jan 2016- July 2016         Postdoctoral Associate

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

MEMBERSHIPS

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)

Mar 2023- Present         Associate Member

                                                Faculty of Graduate Studies (Health), York University

Apr 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)

Jul 2022- Present            Assistant Professor

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

                                          Faculty Fellow

                                             Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research