Marie-Claude Couture

Marie-Claude Couture

Associate Professor; Department Vice Chair

Department Chair


Dr. Couture has more than fifteen years of experience leading public health studies in local and international settings, including Haiti, Cambodia, Ghana, Thailand, and the Ivory Coast. She built a solid academic background in epidemiology and public health with research interests in substance use, infectious diseases, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, and social determinants of health in diverse, vulnerable populations. Dr. Couture has been principal investigator, co-investigator, and collaborator on several research projects with multidisciplinary teams from academia, government, and the community. She is an author of more than twenty-eight peer-reviewed articles and has had presentations at different national and international scientific meetings.


  • Epidemiology
  • Data analysis
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Survey design

Research Areas

  • Substance use
  • Infectious disease transmission
  • Violence
  • Sexual health
  • Global health
  • Social determinants of health


  • Vice-Chair, Health Professions Department, SONHP
  • Chair, Digital Teaching and Learning Committee, SONHP
  • Member, Public Health Working Group, USF Public Health Advisory Committee
  • Member, Join University Curriculum Committee
  • Chair, Program Admission Committee, Master of Public Health


  • Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada, PhD in Public Health, epidemiology,
  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada, MSc, Masters in Biochemistry, molecular biology
  • Université Laval Quebec, Canada, BSc, Bachelor in Microbiology

Prior Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Epidemiology, University of California San Francisco
  • Epidemiology and Microbiology Consultant, Centre de Coopération International en Santé et Développement, Quebec, Canada

Awards & Distinctions

  • Young Investigator Travel Award, International Conference on Global Health, 2013
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2009
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), 2006

Selected Publications