School of Population and Public Health

The School of Population and Public Health brings together outstanding students and faculty in a collaborative and innovative learning environment dedicated to the development of public health in Canada.

Part of the Faculty of the Medicine, the School focuses on training researchers and practitioners in the field of public health, preparing future leaders who will shape health care systems in Canada and globally. We offer a wide range of programs for students from varied backgrounds and career goals.

SPPH graduates secure senior roles in professional and academic settings, including positions in government, hospitals, acute and long-term care, rehabilitation, policy planning and analysis and health agencies. Many also go on to become clinicians and researchers, generating new knowledge and translating it into action to improve and sustain the health of the population.

Research Supervisors

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
Black, Charlyn Health services research, Population health, Quality, effectivenes and outcomes of health care, Health information systems, Knowledge translation, Research and policy
Brauer, Michael air pollution, environmental health, built environment, environmental epidemiology
Brussoni, Mariana injury prevention, accident prevention, fathering, risk-taking
Bryan, Stirling Economics of health care, policy, from UK
Burgess, Michael Philosophy and social sciences, ethics and social policy in the areas of genomics, genetics and biotechnology (health, agriculture and environment)
Buxton, Jane Epidemiology, harm reduction
Cox, Susan Experiences of individuals and families at risk for, or affected by, a range of adult onset hereditary and/or genetic conditions (eg, Huntington Disease and Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease)
Davies, Hugh William Occupational Health, Noise and Chrnoic Disease
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 Large-scale online health sciences educational research Fukushima radiation and risk communication The healthy doc = healthy patient link, Preventative Medicine, free higher 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
Fraser, David Welfare of animals on farms, animal ethics, animal behaviour, Animal welfare, innovations in animal housing and management, practical and cultural dimensions of applying ethics to animal issues
Gardy, Jennifer Infectious disease, genomics, science documentary television, epidemiology, Phylogenetics and molecular evolution, Tuberculosis, Metagenomics, Information visualization, Microbiology
Gotay, Carolyn cancer prevention, behaviour change, risk factors, quality of life, clinical trials, survivorship, health disparities, Cancer Prevention Centre, worksite wellness, workplace wellness, shift work, sleep, breast cancer, obesity, nutrition, physical activity, exercise, chronic disease, chronic disease prevention, Cancer prevention, eliminating occupational exposure to carcinogens, assessing worksite health promotion programs, reducing breast cancer risks, improving sleep quality to reduce breast cancer-related impacts of shiftwork, and improving health outcomes for prostate cancer patients
Himsworth, Chelsea ecology of infectious diseases, zoonotic diseases, diseases involving free-ranging wildlife.
Ho, Anita Human right issues, cross-cultural ethics, health-care access and disparity, professional-patient relationship, minority care experience, decision-making models, and various concepts of autonomy
Janssen, Patricia maternal child health, prison health, violence in relationships
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
Koehoorn, Mieke Occupational health, injury, compensation policies, Worksafe BC, Gender Work and Health
Kopec, Jacek Andrzej Arthritis
Law, Michael pharmaceutical policy, prescription drugs, health insurance, cost of medicines, drug costs, health policy, health care, drug advertising, Pharmaceutical policy
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 prevention, childhood obesity, policy approaches to address childhood obesity, physical activity, Obesity prevention, Physical activity assessment, School policies & impact on children
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.
Mitton, Craig Health economics, decision making in health organizations
Morgan, Steven George Health care policy, prescription drug policy
Murphy, Rachel Nutrition, Cancer prevention, Obesity, 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
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 Antibiotic Resistance,  Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Institution and evaluation of programs to control antimicrobial misuse and curb antibiotic resistance, Linking clinical, epidemiological and genomic sciences to explore etiology of idiopathic chronic diseases, determinants of antimicrobial resistance at popoulation level, impact of immunication programs for pneumococcal and meningoccocal disease, surveillance and control of emerging infectious diseases
Regier, Dean theories of behavioral economics, personalized medicine, deliberative public engagement methods to inform healthcare priority setting
Richardson, Chris how the use of substances (tobacco, alcohol and marijuana) shift from experimental to recreational to regular patterns of consumption within the psychosocial context of adolescence; quantitative modeling that examines how the process of addiction/dependence develops
Schechter, Martin HIV/AIDS
Shoveller, Jean The social contexts of youth health inequities, Youth sexual health, The impact of gender, culture and/or place on youth health, Intervention research to promote health equity
Silver, David Ethics
Singer, Joel Clinical trial methodology and clinical trials in HIV/AIDS
Sobolev, Boris Health care, access, epidemiology, biostatistics, registries, simulation, policy evaluation, Methodology for analysis of waiting times, risk of adverse events while awaiting elective surgery, and the use of simulation experiments in policy evaluation
Spiegel, Jerry Global health, International health, environmental health, Cuba, Latin America, Effects of globalization on health, ecosystem approaches to human health, understanding and addressing influences of physical and social environments on health, global health and human security, the economic evaluation of interventions, and health and equity in Latin America
Spinelli, John cancer prevention, risk factors, biostatistical and epidemiologic methods, cancer and the environment, pesticides and cancer, etiology of lymphoma, multiple myeloma and leukemia, etiology of breast cancer, Identification of environmental and genetic risk factors for cancer and in the interaction between genes and the environment, lymphoma
Spittal, Patricia Indigenous/Aboriginal Health, HIV work in Uganda,



Janae Vlaar

Master of Science in Population and Public Health (MSc)

Giulia Muraca

Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)

Alissa Greer

Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)

Lianping Ti

Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
UBC PhD student Stephanie Lake

Stephanie Lake

Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)

Heather Palis

Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)
Kate McLeod

Kate McLeod

Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD)