Pierre Fournier studied in medicine (Nice, France), in biostatistics (Paris VI, France) and in public health (Montréal, Canada).
Before joining the Université de Montréal in 1986, he worked at the African Development Bank (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire), at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Nice (France) and in Burkina Faso as Deputy Regional Health Officer.
He works in the areas of maternal health, health systems analysis, program evaluation and human resources development, in various countries: developed (Canada, Europe), transitional (Central Europe and Balkans) and developing (Africa, Latin America).
He is Professor (Department of Social and Preventive Medicine), researcher, Global Health Research Group (Research Center of the University of Montreal Hospital). He was director, Leadership program in population and health (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and consultant for the major national and international health organizations (WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, IDRC, CIDA).
He was the founding director of the International Health Unit (1989-1996) and Director of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine (1996-2002). He has been appointed in 2013 as the first Dean of the School of Public Health at the Université de Montréal.