Margaret E. Kruk

Associate Professor of Global Health

Department of Global Health and Population

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.  She is interested in the intersection of user expectations and health system performance.  She has published on health care utilization and quality, population preferences for health services, maternal health care delivery, and health system resilience to shocks.  Dr. Kruk is also interested in the development of novel evaluation methods for assessing the effectiveness of complex initiatives, such as primary care reforms and universal health coverage.  She collaborates with colleagues in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia, Ghana, and Kenya.

Dr. Kruk served as Commissioner on the Lancet Global Health 2035 Commission on Investing in Health and currently serves on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Health System Strengthening.  She is an editor of the Essential Surgery volume of the Disease Control Priorities Project, 3rd Edition.  Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Kruk was Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy and Director of the Better Health Systems Initiative at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  She was previously Policy Advisor for Health at the United Nations Millennium Project, an advisory body to the UN Secretary-General on implementing the Millennium Development Goals.  She holds an MD degree from McMaster University and an MPH from Harvard University.