Dr. Austin Zygmunt

Public Health Physician
Health Protection

Austin Zygmunt

“I joined Public Health Ontario to contribute to the organization’s scientific and technical expertise that informs and supports the work of its many stakeholders and partners, including in government, public health, and the health care system. Through my work, I strive to collaborate with our stakeholders and partners to advance our common goal of protecting and promoting the health of Ontarians while addressing health inequities, particularly amongst those most marginalized in our province. ”

Areas of Expertise

  • Novel/emerging infectious diseases
  • Communicable diseases
  • Surveillance and epidemiology
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Outbreak prevention and management


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

Academic Degrees and Accreditations

  • Bachelor of Science (Life Sciences), Queen’s University
  • Master of Science (Community Health & Epidemiology), Dalhousie University
  • Doctor of Medicine, Dalhousie University
  • Family Medicine Residency Program, University of Ottawa
  • Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, University of Ottawa
  • Certification in the College of Family Physicians (CCFP)
  • Fellow, The Royal College of Physicians of Canada (RCPSC), Public Health and Preventive Medicine

PHO Research Interests

  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Social determinants of health, marginalization, and health inequity
  • 2SLGBTQ+ health

PHO Research Activities

  • COVID-19 epidemiology in correctional facilities in Ontario
  • Mpox epidemiology, transmission dynamics, and co-infection
Updated 12 Oct 2023