Margaret E. Kruk, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor

M3166 SPH II      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: 734-615-3633


Professional Summary

Dr. Margaret Kruk is an Assistant Professor in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She also consults to the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Project at Columbia University and the United Nations. Previously, she was a policy advisor for Health at the Millennium Project, an advisory body to the UN Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals. At the Millennium Project Dr. Kruk worked with expert Task Forces on HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, Access to Essential Medicines, and Maternal and Child Health and assisted Ministries of Health in several developing countries with goal-based health planning. Prior positions include working as Engagement Manager with the New York office of McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm, and as acting Country Manager with Medecins sans Frontieres in Lebanon. Dr. Kruk holds an M.D. from McMaster University and an M.P.H. (Health Policy and Management) from Harvard University. On completing her family medicine residency, she practiced family and emergency medicine in remote northern Ontario, Canada. Her research focus is in quantitative analysis of patient and provider preferences and health systems performance in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.  Specific areas of research include: financing and utilization of maternal health services in low-income countries, use of stated preference methods in health care (discrete choice experiments), health system performance evaluation in sub-Saharan African and other low-income regions.

Courses Taught

HMP 640: Program Evaluation in Public Health


M.P.H., Health Management and Policy, Harvard School of Public Health; Boston, MA, 2000
M.D., Family Medicine, McMaster Medical School; Hamilton, Canada, 1994
B.A., Interdisciplinary Program, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1991

Selected Publications

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Kruk ME, Goldmann E, Galea S. (2009). Borrowing and selling to pay for health care in low- and middle-income countries. Health Affairs

Kruk ME, Mbaruku G, McCord CW, Moran M, Rockers PC, Galea S. (2009). Bypassing primary care facilities for childbirth: a population-based study in rural Tanzania. Health Policy and Planning, 24(4), 279-88.

Kruk ME, Prescott MR, de Pinho H, Galea S. (2009). Are doctors and nurses associated with coverage of essential health services in developing countries? A cross-sectional study. Human Resources for Health, 7(27)

Kruk, ME, Mbaruku, G, Rockers, PC, Galea, S. (2008). User fee exemptions are not enough: out-of-pocket payments for "free" delivery in rural Tanzania. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 12, 1442-1451.

Kruk, ME (2008). Emergency preparedness and public health systems: lessons for developing countries. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 34, 529-34.

Kruk, ME, Freedman, LP (2008). Assessing health system performance in developing countries: a review of the literature Health Policy, 85, 263-276.

Kruk, ME, Prescott, M, & Galea, S. (2008). Equity of skilled delivery care in developing countries: financing and policy determinants. American Journal of Public Health, 98, 142-147.

Kruk, M. E., Pereira, C., Vaz, F., Bergstrom, S., & Galea, S. (2007). Economic evaluation of surgically trained assistant medical officers in performing major obstetric surgery in Mozambique British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 114(10), 1253-1260.

Kruk, M. E., Galea, S., Prescott, M., & Freedman, L. P. (2007). Health care financing and utilization of maternal health services in developing countries. Health Policy Plan, 22(5), 303-310.