Associate Professor of Global Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Margaret E. Kruk is Associate Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Dr. Kruk’s research generates evidence for improved health system quality and responsiveness in low- and middle-income countries.  Her research is at the intersection of health systems and populations and brings together data from users and systems.  She collaborates with colleagues in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Liberia, and India, among other countries. Her work is in three areas:

Analyzing health system performance: studies how health system quality influences population utilization and preferences for health care and measures the competence and user experience of care that people receive.

Testing solutions: uses implementation science to evaluate policies and interventions to promote appropriate utilization and high quality care in resource-constrained systems.

Reframing health systems: applies findings from empirical work to update conceptual models of health systems that optimize production of health and can respond to emergent population needs.

Dr. Kruk is currently Chair of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era (HQSS Commission), a global effort to redefine and measure quality in the health systems of lower-income countries .  Previously, Dr. Kruk was Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Better Health Systems Initiative at Columbia University.  She has held posts at the United Nations Development Program and McKinsey and Company and practiced medicine in northern Ontario, Canada.  She holds an MD degree from McMaster University and an MPH from Harvard University.