Dr. Austin Zygmunt
Public Health Physician
ON WHY PUBLIC HEALTH ONTARIO IS IMPORTANT
“I joined Public Health Ontario to contribute to the organization’s scientific and technical expertise that informs and supports the work of its many stakeholders and partners, including in government, public health, and the health care system. Through my work, I strive to collaborate with our stakeholders and partners to advance our common goal of protecting and promoting the health of Ontarians while addressing health inequities, particularly amongst those most marginalized in our province. ”
Areas of Expertise
- Novel/emerging infectious diseases
- Communicable diseases
- Surveillance and epidemiology
- Infection prevention and control
- Outbreak prevention and management
Academic Degrees and Accreditations
- Bachelor of Science (Life Sciences), Queen’s University
- Master of Science (Community Health & Epidemiology), Dalhousie University
- Doctor of Medicine, Dalhousie University
- Family Medicine Residency Program, University of Ottawa
- Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, University of Ottawa
- Certification in the College of Family Physicians (CCFP)
- Fellow, The Royal College of Physicians of Canada (RCPSC), Public Health and Preventive Medicine
PHO Research Interests
- Emerging infectious diseases (e.g. SARS-CoV-2, Mpox virus)
- Social determinants of health, marginalization, and health inequity
- 2SLGBTQ+ health
PHO Research Activities
- COVID-19 epidemiology in correctional facilities in Ontario
- Mpox virus epidemiology, transmission dynamics, and co-infection
- Zygmunt A, Tanuseputro P, Brown C, Lima I, Rhodes E, Myran D. Changes in rates of hospitalizations due to cannabis harms in Ontario, Canada prior to the legalization of non-medical cannabis: retrospective population-level study between 2003 and 2017. J Addict Med. 2022;16(3):e177-84.
- Zygmunt A, Tanuseputro P, James P, Lima I, Tuna M, Kendall CE. Neighbourhood-level marginalization and avoidable mortality in Ontario, Canada: a population-based study. Can J Public Health. 2020;111(2):169-81.
- Zygmunt A, Kendall CE, James P, Lima I, Tuna M, Tanuseputro P. Avoidable mortality rates decrease but inequity gaps widen for marginalized neighborhoods: a population-based analysis in Ontario, Canada from 1993 to 2014. J Community Health. 2020;45(3):579-97.
Updated 31 Aug 2022
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