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Lydia Kapiriri

Associate Professor, Health, Aging and Society
Member of CHEPA

T: (905) 525-9140 ext 27203

McMaster University
Kenneth Taylor Hall , Rm 236
1280 Main Street West,
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4M4

Lydia Kapiriri is an associate professor in McMaster’s Department of Health, Aging and Society and a member of CHEPA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and General Surgery and a diploma in Public Health from Makerere University, Uganda; as well as Masters degrees in Public Health (Royal Tropical Institute) and in Medicine, Public Health (Makerere University). She earned her PhD at the University of Bergen, Norway, Faculty of Medicine, Centre for International Health, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. Her research is focused mainly on health systems and global health research, including priority setting in health care at the different levels of decision making (macro, meso, and micro levels). She is also involved in research related to ethical issues in public health and global health, including international research ethics.


  • Global health
  • Intervention research to promote the adoption of HIV preventive behaviour
  • Priority setting in health care
  • Health systems
  • Public health ethics


Ottersen T, Norheim OF,  Chitah BM, Cookson R, Daniels N, Defaye FB, Eyal N, Flores W, Gosseries A, Hausman D, Hurst SA, Kapiriri L, Ord T, Segall S, Sen G, Voorhoeve A, Wikler D, Yamin AE.  Making fair choices on the path to universal health coverage.  Final Report of the WHO consultative group on Equity and universal health coverage. 2014.
Kapiriri L, Tharao WE, Muchenje M, Masinde KI, Siegel S, Ongoiba F. The Experiences of Making Infant Feeding Choices by African, Caribbean and Black HIV-Positive Mothers in Ontario, Canada. World Health & Population. 2014.

Kapiriri L. How effective has the essential health package been in improving priority setting in low income countries?
Social Science and Medicine. 2013. 85: 38-42.

Kapiriri L
. Priority Setting in Low Income Countries: The Roles and Legitimacy of Development Assistance Partners. Public Health Ethics. 2012. 5: 67-80.

Kapiriri L, Lavery J, Singer PA, Mshinda H, Babiuk L,  Daar AS. The case for conducting first-in-human (phase 0 and phase 1) clinical trials in low and middle income countries.  BMC Public Health. 2011, 11:811.

Kapiriri L, Martin DK. Successful Priority Setting in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Framework for Evaluation.
Health Care Anal. 2010. 18(2):129-147.

Kapiriri L, Randal G,  Martin DK. Health Care Rationing and Professional Autonomy: The Case of Cardiac Care in Ontario
. The Open Health Services and Policy Journal. Volume 2, 2009 Pp 34-41(8).

Martin DK,
Kapiriri L. “Improving priority setting in low and middle income countries: Interdisciplinary bioethics in action.” In F. Lolas, DK Martin, A. Quezada. (Eds). Estudios de Bioetica Social 1: Prioridades end Salud y Salud Intercultural. (Santiago, Chile: Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios en Bioetica, Universidad de Chile) 2007; pp. 49-66.


  • Health inequalities
  • Global health
  • Culture and health
  • Research methods
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