Marie-Claude Couture

Marie-Claude Couture

Associate Professor; Health Professions Department Chair

Department Chair
Full-Time Faculty


Marie-Claude 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, underserved and marginilized populations. Marie-Claude 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 thirty-three 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 and victimization
  • Social determinants of health
  • Digital health


  • 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, University of California San Francisco, Institute for Global Health Sciences
  • 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

* Student co-author