Jordan Jarvis


Research Degree Student

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

My research interests include health policy and governance, access to medicines, and the political economy of non-communicable disease (NCD) treatment and prevention.  My Doctor of Public Health research is supported by a Doctoral Foreign Study Award from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). I am also a research visitor at the MAP- Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

I previously helped establish and served as the Executive Director of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN), a global independent advocacy organization that seeks to mobilize young leaders to promote social justice and health worldwide. I’ve also worked for the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases and Amref Health Africa in Kenya, and consulted for WHO, Health Action International and the American Cancer Society (Global).  I completed a postgraduate research fellowship at the Harvard Global Equity Initiative/Harvard Medical School, earned a Master of Science in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto, and a BSc (Hons.) in Biology from Western University, Canada.


Other Awards

LSHTM Doctoral Project Travelling Scholarship, 2018- 2019

The Jackman Foundation Scholar, London Goodenough Association of Canada, 2017-2018

Responsibilities & Affiliations

Expert Advisory Group, Medicines Patent Pool 

Board of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network

Associate Editor, Globalization & Health Journal


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions


My ongoing DrPH thesis involves a policy study to understand the contextual and political factors influencing implementation of the Essential Medicines List in Kenya to inform improved access to cardiovascular disease medicines.

My Organizational Policy Analysis project involved a qualitative study investigating the acceptability and feasibility of a national essential medicines list in Canada in the context of possible national prescription drug policy change. The study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.  The findings were also shared with the Federal Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare in 2018, who recommended the need for a national formulary, starting with a list of essential medicines in June 2019. 

My doctoral supervisors are Dr. Pablo Perel and Dr. Adrianna Murphy.

Research Area
Health policy
Social and structural determinants of health
Global Health
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Policy analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Non-communicable diseases

Selected Publications

Acceptability and feasibility of a national essential medicines list in Canada: a qualitative study of perceptions of decision-makers and policy stakeholders.
Jarvis JD; Murphy A; Perel P; Persaud N
CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne
The Road to Addressing Noncommunicable Diseases and Cancer in Global Health Policy.
Catoe H; Jarvis J; Gupta S; Ginsburg O; de Lima Lopes G
American Society of Clinical Oncology educational book. American Society of Clinical Oncology. Annual Meeting
Equitable access to global health internships: a documentary short.
Kedia T; Barnett-Vanes A; Jarvis J; Ragins K; Long C; Owaseye O; Jamnejad M; Young R; Reed T
The Lancet Global health
Turning the tide on NCDs by engaging the next generation.
Bhatnagar P; Fisher J; Renzella J; Kataria I; Jarvis JD
Lancet (London, England)
Engaging young people in the prevention of noncommunicable diseases.
Baker R; Taylor E; Essafi S; Jarvis JD; Odok C
Community Health Workers: An Underappreciated Asset to Tackle NCD.
Jarvis JD; Kataria I; Murgor M; Mbau L
Global heart
Young people have a new vision for essential medicines.
Mishra SR; Li SWS; Onarheim KH; Lander F; Barber MJ; Sharma A; Browne J; Jarvis JD
The lancet. Diabetes & endocrinology
Overcoming Obstacles To Enable Access To Medicines For Noncommunicable Diseases In Poor Countries.
Kishore SP; Kolappa K; Jarvis JD; Park PH; Belt R; Balasubramaniam T; Kiddell-Monroe R
Health affairs (Project Hope)
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