Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine

Assistant Professor

Public Health Focus/Interests:

As an assistant professor Dr. Canady developed a research trajectory in health disparities and health inequities, emphasizing the social context of mental and physical health in women, and the pregnancy experiences and outcomes of African American women. Dr. Canady has been recognized as a national leader in the areas of health inequities and disparities, cultural competence, and social justice. She has published and presented broadly on these topics and her passion for this work is evident in her personal, academic, and professional life. Dr. Canady has been highly influential in broadening the discussion of health equity and social justice while serving on numerous national boards, review panels, and advisory groups including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) County Health Rankings Scientific Advisory Group and most recently the National Collaborative for Health Equity Advisory Committee.

Dr. Canady has been an outstanding public health advocate, researcher, educator, and facilitator, and is a highly sought after speaker.



Doctor of Philosophy, Medical Sociology, 2001
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Master of Public Administration, Health Administration, 1993
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Public Health Nutrition, 1984
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Bachelor of Science, Zoology, 1983
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC


Public Health Courses Taught:

HM 804: Public Health Administration
HM 805: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
HM 854: Health Equity in Public Health


Professional Experience/Expertise:

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MPHI

Health Officer and Director of Ingham County Health Department


Professional Activities or Current Research:

Assistant Professor and Director of Student Affairs, MSU College of Nursing


ICHD Adolescent Health Coordinator

ICHD AIDS Educator


Recent Publications, Presentations (2010 to present):

National Association of City and County Health Officials (2014) Canady, R.B. Expert Panel and Reviewer for Expanding the Boundaries: Health Equity and Public Health Practice, Bob Prentice, lead author.

Canady, R.B. “How Institutions Work in Communities,” in IOM (Institute of Medicine) 2015. The Role and Potential of Communities in Population Health Improvement, Workshop Summary. Washington, DC, The National Press


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