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Dr. Annalee Yassi is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC and holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Capacity Building. She is a Specialist in both Community Medicine (Public Health and Preventive Medicine) as well as Occupational Medicine. Dr. Yassi’s research focuses on collaborative roles in occupational health and infection control in the healthcare workplace, issues and methods in community-based health research, transdisciplinarity and North-South partnerships. She is interested in ethics in global health research, the link between clinical care and the social and environmental determinants of health, an ecosystem approach to health, and the use of arts-based methods in health intervention research.


1.     Van Rensburg A, Engelbrecht M, Yassi A, Nophale L, Bryce EA, Spiegel JM. Selected features of nurses’ occupational health and safety practice in three Free State provincial public hospitals. Occupational Health Southern Africa. April 2016. Available at   

Wouters E, Rau A, Engelbrecht M, Uebel K, Siegel J, Masquillier C, Kigozi G, Sommerland N, Yassi A. The Development and Piloting of Parallel Scales Measuring External and Internal HIV and Tuberculosis Stigma Among Healthcare Workers in the Free State Province, South Africa. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 May 15;62 Suppl 3:S244-54.

Yassi A, Spiegel JB, Lockhart K, Fels L, Boydell K, Marcuse J. Ethics in Community-University-Artist Partnered Research: Tensions, Contradictions and Gaps Identified in an ‘Arts for Social Change’ Project. Journal of Academic Ethics. Available at

Yassi A, Zungu M, Kistnasamy B, Spiegel JM, Lockhart K, Jones D, Nophale L, O’Hara LM, Bryce EA, Darwin L. Protecting health workers from infectious disease transmission: An exploration of a Canadian-South African partnership of partnerships. Globalization and Health. 2016. 12: 10. Available at .

O’Hara N, Marra C, Roy L, Yassi A, Lynd L, FitzGerald M, Spiegel JM. Healthcare worker preferences for active tuberculosis case finding programs in South Africa: A best-worst scaling choice experiment. PLoS One. July 21, 2015. Available at

Engelbrecht MC, Yassi A, Spiegel JM, Janse van Rensburg A, O’Hara LM, Bryce EA, Nophale LE, Rau A. Tuberculosis and blood-borne infectious diseases: Workplace conditions and practices of healthcare workers at three public hospitals in the Free State. Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection. May 2015. 30:1, 23-28.

Spiegel JM, Breilh J, Yassi A. Why language matters: Insights on the social determination of health through North-South collaborative research. Globalization and Health. 2015 Feb 27;11(1):9.

Siegel J, Yassi A, Rau A, Buxton JA, Wouters E, Engelbrecht MC, Uebel KE, Nophale LE. Workplace Interventions to Reduce HIV and TB Stigma among Healthcare Workers –Where do we go from here? Global Public Health. 2015 Mar 13:1-13.


Graduate Students:

Maria Cristina Breilh, PhD student
Jessica Yu, PhD student
Elizabeth Wilcox, PhD student

  • Collaborative roles in occupational health and infection control in the healthcare  workplace, protecting workers from blood-borne and airborne exposures (including HIV and TB), and the link between worker health and the quality and safety of patient care
  • Occupational health in the healthcare workforce
  • Community-university partnerships, issues and methods in community-based health research, interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, and north-south partnerships
  • Linking clinical care and the social and environmental determinants of health, an ecosystem approach to health
  • Ecuador, South Africa, and global health generally
  • Arts-based approaches in health research and promoting health equity; arts for social change