Kate Tairyan

Senior Lecturer

Health Sciences

Kate Tairyan

Senior Lecturer

Health Sciences

Areas of interest

Preventive medicine, global health, computer-assisted technology, knowledge translation


  • MD (Honors), Preventive Medicine, Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia
  • Master of Public Health, Global Health Leadership, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA
  • Postdoctoral studies, University of British Columbia, School of Population and Public Health
  • Postdoctoral studies, University of British Columbia, Department of Neurology


Dr. Tairyan obtained her medical degree in preventive medicine from the State Medical University in Armenia and a diploma in health management from Armenia’s National Institute of Health. She received the Ed Muskie graduate fellowship award to obtain a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration on global health leadership from Emory University. Her public health expertise and work experience includes several positions at the Ministry of Health of Armenia and collaborations with international experts on health policy development and poverty reduction issues at national and local levels.

From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Tairyan completed post-doctoral studies at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health and worked at the National Core for Neuroethics spearheading a project to evaluate investigator needs for integrating ethics into neuroscience using neuroimaging as the model.

Kate was among the first recipients of the Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health, Awards by Grand Challenges Canada for her decade-long work with a global health education non-profit, developing and testing online public health courses.

Dr. Tairyan has taught in FHS undergraduate and graduate programs since 2008.

Research interests

Dr. Tairyan’s research interests are focused on online distribution of health sciences information and education for health professionals around the world; global dissemination of high quality public health education using computer-assisted technologies and local mentorship; and knowledge translation. She has also worked on research projects focusing on ethics issues and neuroscience/neuroethics.

Teaching interests

Dr. Tairyan’s teaching interests in public health and preventive medicine are broad: global health and health determinants; global health challenges and opportunities; health workforce development and online learning; public health program design, implementation, management and evaluation; health policy and health care systems; social marketing; and behaviour change.

Publications and activities

Kate Tairyan publications and activities