Instructor Profiles

Renee Canady, PhD, MPA

Dr. Renee Canady

Renée Branch Canady PhD, MPA, serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI). In this position she is responsible for setting the strategic direction for MPHI as they strive to maximize positive health conditions in populations and communities through collaboration, scientific inquiry, and applied expertise.

Prior to joining MPHI, Dr. Canady was the appointed Health Officer for the Ingham County Health Department, Michigan’s first public entity local health department and federally qualified health center. In that role she oversaw the county’s statutory responsibility to protect and promote the health of county residents and provided oversight on innovative efforts such as the Ingham County Health Equity Social Justice program. Previously, she served as the Department’s Deputy Health Officer for Public Health Services.

Her career includes serving on the faculty and in leadership positions within the College of Nursing at Michigan State University, where she developed a research trajectory in health disparities, emphasizing the social context of mental and physical illness in women. She continues to teach for MSU as an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine, Program for Public Health and is recognized nationally as a thought leader in health disparities and inequities, cultural competence, and social justice.

Dr. Canady earned her PhD in Medical Sociology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Courses Taught by Renee Canady