Benard is pursuing his doctoral program in Health Policy at McMaster University, under the supervision of Dr. Michael Wilson. His current research interests include health system strengthening, universal healthcare and pharmacare decision models, and health policy analyses that focus on improving public health outcomes. He is keen on combining research that evaluates pharmaceutical policy analyses, health technology assessment, and access to health services.
Benard completed his basic medical degree from Dr. MGR Medical University in India, and thereafter a MSc. Public Health from the University of South Wales in United Kingdom and later an International Course in Health Development/Master of Public Health with a specialization in Tropical Medicine and HIV/AIDS at the Free University and KIT from the Netherlands. He has also completed graduate certificate courses in pharmaceutical policy analysis, pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety, and Pharmacoeconomics at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Before starting his PhD, Benard served in various senior positions at the Ministry of Health in Kenya, including the directorate of Policy, Research and Development.