Nathan Nickel (MPH 2007, CHS)


Dr. Patricia Martens (Center) is the former Director for the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. Drs. Nathan Nickel and Marni Brownell (Right) nominated Dr. Martens for the Robert Defries Life Time Acheivement Award for the Canadian Public Health Association in 2013. She received the award at the May 2013 CPHA conference in Ottawa and was inducted into the Order of Canada later that year.

Nathan Nickel (MPH ’07,  CHS) was very active in the Reproductive Health Interest Group during his time at UCLA, serving as RHIG Co-President during the 2006-07 academic year. Nathan went on to complete his PhD in Maternal and Child Health Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Nathan is currently a research scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) in Canada. He is also an Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He uses data in the Canadian Population Health Research Data Repository to conduct research on the social determinants of health. The Repository contains data on approximately 99% of the Manitoba Population. The individual-level data held in the Repository are linkable at the person-level, with family members, over time, and across several domains – health, education, social services, and justice – to permit a holistic picture of the social determinants of health.

Nathan is involved in several projects at MCHP. One of his primary responsibilities is serving as Core-Principal Investigator on the Pathways to Health and Social Equity for Children Program of Research (PATHS). During childhood, several opportunities exist for interventions to improve child health and reduce health inequities. The PATHS Program of research uses data in the PATHS Data Resourceto identify these strategies. Nathan is currently engaged in several studies using the PATHS Data Resource.  He is also completing two government-funded studies: (1) the healthcare burden attributable to smoking in Manitoba over the past 30 years; and (2) the main contributors to hospital costs in Manitoba over the past five years.


(NB: Data in the PATHS Data Resource are available to external researchers. A complete description of the Data Resource was recently published with the International Journal of Epidemiology: If interested, please contact to inquire about gaining access.)