Academic Staff

Benita Cohen


Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Room #377, Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
College of Nursing
89 Curry Place
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB  R3T 2N2
P: 204-474-9936


Dr. Cohen’s research program is focused on strengthening public health capacity to address and reduce inequities in health using a social justice lens. Research activities have included conducting a scoping review of public health advocacy for health equity; developing a conceptual framework of organizational capacity for public health equity action; developing and testing indicators of health equity work in local public health agencies; conducting an equity-focused health impact assessment of a proposed provincial parenting program; and exploring perceptions of public health nurses on the role of public health agencies in addressing child and family poverty. Dr. Cohen holds a part-time appointment in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine. In 2013, she received the Award of Merit from the Community Health Nurses of Canada for her contributions to the field of community/public health.

Research Interests:

  • Social/structural determinants of health inequities
  • Public health system capacity for equity action
  • PHN Role Development
  • Integration of equity lens in public health education
  • Equity-focused health & socal impact assessment
  • Advocacyfor health equity

To view publications, please see link to CV

Link to CV


  • PhD, 2004,University of Manitoba
  • MSc, 1994, University of Manitoba
  • BN, 1987, University of Ottawa
  • BA, 1983, Carlton University