John O'Neil

  • Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

Phone: 778-782-5317



  • BA, University of Saskatchewan
  • MA, University of Saskatchewan
  • PhD Medical Anthropology, University of California, San Francisco/Berkeley


Dr. John O’Neil is a Professor of Global and Indigenous Health. From 2007 to 2017 he was Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU. Previously he was Director of the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research and Professor and Head of the Department of Community Health Sciences in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine.

Research Interests

Dr. O’Neil’s work has been primarily in the area of Aboriginal health. He has published more than 120 papers and reports on a variety of aboriginal health issues, including self-government and health system development, cultural understandings of environmental health risks, and social determinants of health disparities. Dr. O’Neil’s work in this area was recognized by his appointment as a CIHR Senior Investigator and as the founding Chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Aboriginal People's Health at the Canadian Institutes for Health Research from 2000 to 2006. He also served as the research advisor to the health policy team for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in 1995/96 and he is currently appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Collaborating Centre on Aboriginal Health at the Public Health Agency of Canada. He has worked as well on global Indigenous health issues in circumpolar regions, Australia and Latin America.

More recently Dr. O’Neil has become involved in HIV/AIDS prevention in low- and middle-income countries. He is currently the principal investigator on several HIV/AIDS training grants designed to build local public health capacity in China and India in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention. He has published several papers and reports on the cultural context of HIV/AIDS prevention in India.

Teaching Interests

Dr. O’Neil has advised more than 40 graduate students at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. His teaching interests are in the area of critical public health, global Indigenous health development, and participatory approaches to health research.


View Dr. John O'Neil's publications here.