The School of Public Health and Health Systems is a division of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Research interests: attitudes regarding public policies (both US and Canadian) designed to protect disadvantaged groups; prejudice; attitudes towards, and responses to, dying and the death process; individualism and collectivism and culture.
Research interests: health informatics and socio-cognitive studies of human-computer interaction, principles of HCI design, health education and modelling understanding of health and disease.
Stephanie Austin chose the Health Studies program because it seemed like the “ideal pre-med program,” combining natural and social science courses.
Research interests: interventions in occupational health; evaluation and measurement of health and safety management systems; risk assessment and standard setting in occupational health
Research interests: health behaviour change, disease prevention, tobacco, population level intervention, evidence-based practice.
Research interests: health informatics, translatonal research in healthcare and medicine, health system integration, semantic interoperability, healthcare decision making and decision support, health data analytics, medical imaging informatics, patient safety
Research interests: the social demography and health of Aboriginal peoples; social inequality, the welfare state, and the life course; population ageing and retirement.
Research interests: My research is about and for change, emphasizing social science tools (e.g., ethnographic and mixed methods, social marketing, photovoice, training) for knowledge translation, health communication, quality improvement, and community-based participatory action and health promotion.
Research interests: Gerontology, senior health, aging, older drivers, commercial drivers, fitness to drive, screening, mobility, falls, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, neurodegenerative disorders, exercise, rehabilitation, public health.
Research interests: longitudinal data methodology and analysis, survival methodology and analysis, graphical methods, prediction models. Application areas include nephrology, cancer, smoking cessation, aging, and the environment.
Research interests: Epidemiology of child psychopathology, measurement of child psychopathology and quality of life, determinants and mechanisms of child multimorbidity, mental health service use.
Research interests: population-based chronic disease prevention, health of Nunavummiut, knowledge exchange, capacity building, implementation, practice-based evidence, public health policy and systems, qualitative and mixed methods, realistic evaluation
Research interests: dietary behavior, social neuroscience, diabetes, aging, health disparities.
Research interests: population health, health behavior, health policy, tobacco, smoking, health communication, media, nutrition, diet, public health, e-cigarettes, nicotine, caffeine, energy drinks, global health, international health
Research interests: human nutrition and chronic disease, evidence-based practice, body composition.
Health informatics may not be a term you’re familiar with – but if you’ve visited a hospital or clinic lately you have likely seen it in action. People like Rose Harrison are using information technology to better manage the health care you receive.
Research interests: chronic disease management in frail seniors - focus on cardiovascular disease and long term care.
Research interests: community and public health, health information systems, health policies, caregiving, aging, home care, mental health, long-term care, palliative care, quality of life, pharmacoepidemiology, knowledge translation.
Research interests: In Public Health: health literacy, risk communication, consumer health informatics, mass media and health education
In Biohealth: physical activity and cancer prevention, exercise immunology, behavioural immunology, lymphocyte apoptosis
Research interests: economics of public health, economics of nutrition, development economics, poverty
Dr. Janes is a medical anthropologist interested in and committed to social science approaches to public health and global health policy. Janes has research strengths in human-environment interactions, social inequities and health, global health governance, and maternal and child health.
Research interests: Population and public health, healthy development, psychosocial development
Research interests: Dietary assessment, measurement error in diet, food access and food security among marginalized populations, food environments, food and nutrition policy, dietary guidance.
What does the University of Waterloo and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta have in common? Well-respected international reputations and Dr. Judy Kruger.
Research interests: Contaminants; Risk Assessment; Risk Communication; Hazard; Environmental Health; Exposure; Country Food; Aboriginal; First Nations; Inuit; Mercury; Arsenic; Selenium; Diet; Mixtures; Nutrient-Toxicant Interaction; Toxicology; Soil; Bioaccessibility; Bioavailability; Contaminated Sites; Dehcho Region
Research interests: health geomatics; healthy communities; disease mapping; measurement error, data uncertainty, and missing data adjustment in public health research; Bayesian spatial modelling and analysis in health research; determinants of health outcomes; health and crime; diet and health outcomes.
Research interests: health behaviour surveillance (physical activity, obesity, alcohol and drug use, tobacco use, eating behaviour, sedentary behaviour); built environment and behaviour; impact of policies / programs on behaviour; co-morbid health behaviours; internet gambling and problem gambling; knowledge translation and exchange systems; cancer epidemiology; social epidemiology
Research interests: health informatics, health data science, big data, data-driven decision support algorithms, critical care, home health care, natural language processing, information visualization, social network analysis.
Broad focus on policy and program evaluation and implementation, with a view to the organisational, social and policy determinants of work and health.
Research interests: Infectious diseases, particularly foodborne, waterborne and enteric diseases, surveillance and burden of illness methods, survey research methods, epidemiology and epidemiologic methods, public health practice, systems approaches to food-related health outcomes, knowledge synthesis methods, knowledge brokering
My research interests are wide-ranging but central to all projects is the application of social theory to social health research. Principally, I am interested in the application of social theories of trust in investigations of the nature and extent of patient trust in healthcare and the potential policy and practice implications. I also conduct research in the areas of bariatric surgery, equity in access to healthcare services, food scares and trust in food.
Research interests: neurobiological embedding of adversity (e.g., poor nutrition, psychosocial stress) Neuroplasticity during learning and following injury (e.g., ischaemia)
Research interests: mHealth and wearable technology design, ubiquitous sensors for smart homes, usage data and health data analytics, technology for aging.
Research interests: program evaluation, driver licensing, licensing policies, older adults, driving behavior, driving self-regulation, older adult mobility and transportation, driving confidence, balance confidence, commercial vehicle drivers.
Research interests: Epidemiology, population and public health, chronic diseases, aging, dementia, caregiving, knowledge translation, systematic reviews, health economics, health policy.
Research interests: Health services research, evaluation, performance measurement, health information systems, decision support, knowledge translation, mental healthcare, long term care.
If you asked Phuc-Nhi Phuong (Health Studies ’04, Master of Public Health ’08) to create a job description based on her university experience, her current position as a Public Health Planner for the Region of Waterloo would be it!
As a midwife, Gaby Sabados (Health Studies '99) requires a diverse set of skills. A strong clinical background is necessary in order to provide the best evidence-based care for clients, but she also requires the communication skills and the capacity to build relationships in order to become a trusted partner in care.
Research interests: Adult hippocampal neurogenesis, Immediate early gene expression, Learning and memory, Age-related memory impairment, Effects of stress, Exercise, Enriched environment on brain plasticity
For Patrick Seliske (Health Studies '78), the decision to attend Waterloo was simple – it was the Canadian leader in health studies and health promotion. Now working as an Epidemiologist for the Child and Family Health Division (CFHD) of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH), he also credits the program for providing him with the unique opportunity to study epidemiology.
Research interests: Geriatrics, health care systems, rehabilitation, patient and citizen engagement, health information systems and databases, health outcome measurement, and knowledge translation
Research interests: aging, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic diseases, cognitive reserve, dementia, epidemiology, healthy aging, multimorbidity.
Research interests: brain and behavioural development (drugs and nutrition).
Research interests: Human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work.
Dr. Doris Winfield (MD, Health Studies '89) didn’t always know what she wanted to do with her career, but with the support of friends and professors who she met in Health Studies she found her fit by pursuing a career as a physician.
Cellular and molecular biology of the inner ear, age-related hearing loss and prevention, neuroprotection, biocomplexity, systems approaches to studying health and disease.
Astha (BSc '07) graduated from Waterloo’s Health Studies program, and her passion for health promotion and social justice led her to internship placements in Nepal and work in Tanzania.
When AHS graduates and current PhD students Lana Vanderlee and Andrew Mitchell went to Nepal as volunteers, it didn’t take long for them to discover a serious problem.
It may use the most simple of technology, but a new water filtration system is transforming thousands of lives in the Dominican Republic. Designed by Master of Public Health student, Timothy Muttoo, in partnership with the non-profit organization FilterPure, the new filters use locally sourced clay, saw dust and particles of silver to remove 99.99 percent of all water contaminants in households without access to safe water.
Social entrepreneur Christina Marchand (BSc ’14, HEALTH, MPH candidate) launched FullSoul to raise money for mothers and babies in Uganda.
B.Sc. in Mathematics and B. Sc. in Statistics (2007, Tier 2 Honours, University of Texas at San Antonio)
M.Sc. in Statistics (2008, University of Texas at San Antonio)
Ph.D. in Statistics (2013, University of Connecticut)
Postdoctoral Fellowship: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), (2013 – 2015, National Institutes of Health (NIH))
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