Population and Public Health

The School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) offers both research-oriented and professional/course-based graduate programs.

Professional programs
  • The Master of Public Health focuses on illness prevention and health promotion and integrates learning in epidemiology; biostatistics; the social, biological and environmental determinants of health; population health; global health; disease prevention and health systems management with skill-based learning in a practicum setting.
  • The Master of Health Administration is a professional program for clinicians, administrators, researchers and managers who are seeking solutions to today’s complex health delivery issues. Take courses with a multi-disciplinary perspective in health systems, policies and management along with foundational business skills
  • The Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (MSc OEH) program provides the skills and knowledge to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control chemical, physical and biological hazards in workplace and community environments.
Research-based Programs
  • Master of Health Science (MHSc) applicants must have an MD or equivalent, including dentistry or veterinary medicine, and will learn skills that can be applied to their academic and clinical interests, bolstering their research abilities and opportunities.
  • The Master of Science in Population and Public Health program teaches core knowledge and skills in epidemiological and biostatistical methods and allows students to gain research experience by applying methods to a thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. Students can pursue thesis research in a wide variety of topics related to the health of populations and the delivery of health services.
  • The PhD program at SPPH is intended for students who wish to obtain advanced research training that will enable them to conduct independent investigative research.
 

Faculty Members

Name Research Interests
Anis, Aslam cost effectiveness of AIDS treatments; drug assessments – pharmacoeconomics; health care economics; health regulations, Health economics, rhematoid arthritis, biologic therapies
Bansback, Nick inform policies and practices in health through the application of
Bartlett, Karen Hastings Indoor air quality, bioaerosol exposures in work and community environments, particularly in rural or agricultural settings
Berman, Peter Economics, Developing primary care systems, “Resource Tracking and Management” (RTM), Improving health care financing mechanisms, Ethiopia, India, Malaysia
Bettinger, Julie Epidemiology, Vaccination, Infectious Diseases, Health Promotion, Community Health / Public Health, Infectious disease epidemiology, vaccine clinical trials, vaccine safety, vaccine programs, Vaccine hesitancy
Black, Charlyn Health Care Organization, Health Information Systems, Quality, effectiveness and outcomes of health care, Knowledge translation, Population health, Graduate education, Health services and policy research
Brauer, Michael Environmental Health, Community Health / Public Health, air pollution, built environment, environmental epidemiology, remote sensing, healthy cities
Brussoni, Mariana injury prevention, accident prevention, fathering, risk-taking
Bryan, Stirling Economics of health care, policy, from UK
Burgess, Michael Genetics and Ethics, Ethics and Health, Applied Ethics, Individual and Collective Ethics, Participatory research, Public deliberation, Health Policy, Science Policy, Deliberative Democracy
Buxton, Jane Epidemiology, harm reduction
Cox, Susan Applied Ethics, Interpersonal Communication, Community Health / Public Health, Genetics and Ethics, Learning and Development Approaches, Health Promotion, Literary or Artistic Work Dissemination or Reception Contexts, narratives of health and illness, grief, loss, death and dying, research ethics/ethics in research, arts and health education, arts and healing, arts-based approaches to research, visual methods
Davies, Hugh William Occupational Safety and Health, Community Health / Public Health, Environmental Health, Occupational Health, Exposure Assessment, Noise and Health, Antineoplastic drug hazards
Dummer, Trevor health geography, cancer prevention, environmental exposures, health inequalities, geographic information science, obesity, risk factors, Environmental epidemiology and environment and health interactions, with specific emphasis on cancer etiology and cancer prevention
Elango, Rajavel Protein Nutrition, Maternal-Fetal Nutrition, Childhood Malnutrition, Amino Acid Metabolism, Human Nutrition
Frank, Erica Preventive medicine, Free accredited education
Frank, Lawrence health and environmental impacts of transportation and urban planning (land use) decisions. transportation, transit, public health, sustainability, sprawl, neighbourhood walkability, physical activity, urban planning, Sustainable transportation
Gadermann, Anne Social determinants of health; Housing and homelessness; Quality of
Gilbert, Mark Development, implementation, evaluation and scale-up of innovative sexual health programs, Gay men’s sexual health, including sexual health literacy, Synergistic and integrated dynamics of infectious diseases, mental illness and other conditions
Guhn, Martin wellbeing of children and youth; social determinants of developmental health; social and cultural community and neighborhood effects on child development; music and emotion
Henderson, Sarah air pollution, Extreme weather events, radon gas, Food safety, Water quality
Himsworth, Chelsea ecology of infectious diseases, zoonotic diseases, diseases involving free-ranging wildlife.
Janssen, Patricia Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Social Determinants of Health, Perinatal Period, Gestation / Parturition, maternal child health, health of marginalized women, mobile health for pregnancy and parenting
Joseph, K.S. Pregnancy complications, preterm birth, fetal growth, infant mortality, neonatal
Kassam, Rosemin global health, access and use of medicines and health services among vulnerable populations, community readiness, improving patient/client self-efficacy to engage effectively in their health care processes and decision-making, implementation and evaluation of patient care and health promotion programs, and capacity building of current and future frontline health professionals
Kazanjian, Arminee Cancer Survivorship, Knowledge Exchange and, Translation, Psychosocial oncology, Palliative care in cross-cultural context, Vulnerable populations, including women
Kershaw, Paul child care, parental leave, work-life balance, social policy, social citizenship, responsibilities and rights, gender and politics, income assistance, child benefit package, social inclusion, neighbourhood effects on child development, Canadian federalism, Citizenship, detrimants of Health, social care
Koehoorn, Mieke Occupational health, injury, compensation policies, Worksafe BC, Gender Work and Health
Kopec, Jacek Andrzej Epidemiology, Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis
Law, Michael Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmacoepidemiology, Health Policies, Global Health and Emerging Diseases, Pharmaceutical policy, Program evaluation, Observational studies, Global Health, Health Policy
Lima, Viviane Dias Biostatistics, Epidemiological Methods, Epidemiology of HIV Disease, Epidemiology of HCV Disease, Public Health, Health care utilization, Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases
Lovato, Chris Health promotion, population health and program evaluation, impact of health programs and policies, particularly in the areas of cancer prevention and health services
MacNab, Ying Bayesian paradigm, foundations of statistics, space-time statistics, structured statistical models, taxonomic models, item response theory, inductive reasoning, Bayesian burden of disease methodology, Geometics, Health service and population health geoinformation system, and meta-data innovation in medical and health research
Manges, Amee Epidemiology, Molecular epidemiology, Public health
Masse, Louise Obesity, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Films, Membranes and Multiphase Polymers, Childhood obesity with specific interests in prevention and treatment using lifestyle modification, Physical Activity
McGrail, Kimberlyn aging and health care services use; health care costs; health care financing; primary care; health care policy, Variations in health care services use across patients, providers and regions, and their relationship to population health, Aging and the use of health and social services, Personal, economic, and social factors that produce health at an individual and population level, and the role of the health care system in that process
McLeod, Christopher occupational heath and the social epidemiology of the working life course.
Milloy, Michael-John how experiences for illicit drug users hinder or promote HIV/AIDS treatment
Mitton, Craig Health Policies, Health care resource allocation
Morgan, Steven Health Policies, Access to medicines, Pharmacare, Pharmaceutical pricing, Prescribing appropriateness
Murphy, Rachel Nutrition, Nutrition and Cancer, Community Health / Public Health, Obesity, Cancer prevention, Aging
Naus, Monika Communicable disease outbreak, control, vaccine, immunization, tuberculosis
Oberlander, Timothy Population epidemiological studies that characterize neurodevelopmental pathways that reflect risk, resiliency and developmental plasticity
Oberle, Eva Positive child development, Promoting mental health and wellbeing in the school context, Social and emotional learning in schools, Risk and resilience, Positive youth development
Ogilvie, Gina Sexually transmitted infections, human papillomavirus, HIV in women and care for marginalized populations
Oviedo-Joekes, Eugenia public health and substance use, with a focus on testing alternative approaches to expand and diversify the treatments offered; treatment needs of patients
Patrick, David Antibiotics and Resistance, Pharmacoepidemiology, Response to Emerging Infectious Diseases, Responding to the Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance at Population Level
Poon, Brenda Population-level early identification and early intervention for children with special needs; Complex systems of coordinated service delivery and supports; Family-centered services; Integrated child health information systems; Community-based research regarding social determinants of children
Schechter, Martin HIV/AIDS
Silver, David Ethics

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Kate McLeod

Kate McLeod

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April Mazzuca

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Jeffrey Morgan

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