Dr. Margot Gage Witvliet

Assistant Professor | Social Epidemiologist | Veteran Advocate


My research centers on investigating societal challenges (often referred to as 'wicked problems') and population health using a global perspective.

I do this by investigating how one person's health can drastically differ from another person's health living in a different community. My research looks to answer questions such as, how does the health of a single mother differ from a coupled mother? And do these differences have anything to do with the country or neighborhood that she lives?

My goal is to uncover the role of societal factors and policies on the influence of population health and health disparities.

Moving to Beaumont, Texas (i.e. Cancer Alley), where poor air quality is considered the "smell of money," I expanded my research agenda to include environmental health and justice issues. I am also work to advance public knowledge on medical cannabis.

My research on corruption and health was used as part of their supporting evidence at the Kaiser Family Foundation Roundtable. The United Nations has also referenced my research on corruption and health in their 73rd General Assembly document. My work on lone mothers is quoted by Reuters News. MSN.com featured my work on the environment and my work on medical cannabis has been covered on 12NewsNow. I am the recipient of a number of grants and awards.

(See below a selection of my publications)


Witvliet MI. Corruption undermines health care systems: a human rights issue. Freedom from Fear. 2014; 14-17. 10.18356/f8c75497-en.

Witvliet MI. It Will Take a Global Movement to Curb Corruption in Health Systems; Comment on “We Need to Talk About Corruption in Health Systems”. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 2019; 8(11): 662-664. doi: 10.15171/ijhpm.2019.58

Witvliet MI, Kunst AE, Arah OA, Stronks K. Sick regimes and sick people: a multilevel investigation of the population health consequences of perceived national corruption. Tropical Medicine & International Health. 2013; 18:19.

Witvliet MI, Arah OA, Stronks K, Kunst AE. A global study on lone mothers: exploring the associations of self-assessed general health with motherhood types and gender inequality in 32 countries. Womens Health Issues. 2014;24(2):e177-e185. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2013.12.001


Witvliet MI. The Many Faces of Cannabis. (forthcoming).

Witvliet MI. Cannabidiol (CBD). in James Hawdon, Matthew Costello, and Bryan Lee Miller (Eds.) Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies. ABC CLIO. (forthcoming)

Witvliet MI. Marijuana Use and the Military in James Hawdon, Matthew Costello, and Bryan Lee Miller (Eds.) Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies. ABC CLIO. (forthcoming)

Witvliet MI. FDA Commentary. Scientific Data and Information About Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds; Public Hearing. 2019.


Witvliet MI. Asthma rates in southeast, Texas children. (forthcoming).

Adair K, Miller S, Witvliet MI. Are Government Air Monitors Failing Southeast, Texas? An exploratory investigation of air quality and TCEQ air monitors in Beaumont, Texas after Hurricane Harvey. (forthcoming).