The College of Health Sciences (CHS) hosted a public health seminar on “Welfare Regimes, Labor Markets, and Global Health: Is there a Role for Class in Low- and Middle-Income Countries?” on February 23, 2012. Dr. Carles Muntaner, MHS, PhD, presented the lecture focusing on factors outside the health system that have significant influence on population health. At the end of the presentation via Skype from Barcelona, there was a question/answer session about Dr. Muntaner’s research and situation in Armenia, as a country in transition. CHS students, graduates, and faculty, and students from other AUA programs attended the seminar.
Dr. Carles Muntaner is a Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He is also adjunct professor of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Research collaborator at the Health Inequalities Unit of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). Originally from Barcelona, Dr. Muntaner has a bachelor’s from the Lycée Francais (Academie de Toulouse); and a PhD in medical psychology from the University of Barcelona; internships in neurology and psychiatry; a master’s in psychiatric epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Muntaner has contributed to the conceptualization and measurement of social class, multilevel models, comparative politics, welfare state and labor markets, the conceptualization of race in epidemiology, and precarious employment. He has about 250 publications in these and other related areas. He is currently a consultant to the WHO, PAHO and to the ministries of health in both Venezuela and Chile. In 2004, he was awarded the Wade Hampton Frost Award of the epidemiology section of the American Public Health Association for his contributions to social epidemiology.