Meghan Winters

Professor, CIHR Applied Public Health Chair in Gender and Sex in Healthy Cities

Health Sciences

Meghan Winters

Professor, CIHR Applied Public Health Chair in Gender and Sex in Healthy Cities

Health Sciences

Areas of interest

Epidemiology, GIS applications, built environment & health, transportation & city design


  • BSc, (double honors) Chemistry and Oceanography, University of British Columbia
  • MSc, Health Care and Epidemiology, Bridge Program Fellow, University of British Columiba
  • Ph.D., University of British Columbia


Dr. Meghan Winters is an epidemiologist interested in the link between health, transportation, and city design. She received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She completed a brief post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, studying on older adults' mobility and the built environment. Dr. Winters joined the Faculty of Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor in July 2011.

Research interests

Dr. Winters is conducting research and knowledge exchange activities collaboratively with local governments and health authorities. Her primary interests are: 

  • The built environment and health
  • Non-motorized travel, physical activity and mobility
  • Cycling and pedestrian injuries
  • Age-friendly city design
  • Intervention studies and natural experiments
  • Spatial analyses of health and transportation-related outcomes

Projects include:

Teaching interests

GIS applications in Public Health, Health and the Built Environment (HSCI 409), Exploratory Strategies in Epidemiology

Training opportunities

I am currently recruiting trainees who are interested in pursuing graduate research or undergraduate research on my research projects related to the built environment and health. If you are interested, please feel free to contact me by email, and include a CV and transcript. Please see for current projects. 

It is highly recommended that potential graduate students apply for external sources of funding for their research (e.g., MSFHR, CIHR) as well as departmental Graduate Fellowships. Outstanding SFU undergraduates are encouraged to apply for an SSHRC or NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award. Please contact me well in advance of these funding deadlines to discuss your interests and background and to allow adequate time to develop a funding proposal.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.