Associate Professor

shannon majowiczContact information

Office: LHN 1709

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 31790

Email: smajowicz@uwaterloo.ca

Website: Foodborne Disease Epidemiology Group

Research interests

My research aims to prevent foodborne and related diseases in Canadian and international contexts, and to enhance public health practice both broadly and within environmental health.

To this end, I investigate the burden and risks for these illnesses, and identify and evaluate interventions (including those currently in use, like food handler training). My research applies a systems lens to food-related health outcomes: food and its consumption is a confluence of risks and benefits which impact infectious diseases, chronic conditions, and nutrition, and I explore food safety strategies that account for the multiple health outcomes associated with the production and consumption of food.

My research involves tools that improve the use of evidence in public health decision making, particularly those that allow multiple or competing perspectives. Before joining SPHHS, I spent a decade as an epidemiologist with the Government of Canada. There, my work involved extensive knowledge translation, bringing research into Canadian and international public health practice, and creating a wide network of knowledge users, practitioners, and researchers with whom I still collaborate.

I am also an Associate Editor at Epidemiology & Infection. 

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with a strong academic record in epidemiology, and either statistics or qualitative methods and research interests in:

  • Environmental health
  • Foodborne diseases and food safety
  • Systems approaches to food and health
  • Knowledge synthesis and public health practice

Graduate studies application details 

Teaching interests

  • Epidemiology, including environmental and infectious disease epidemiology
  • Foodborne, waterborne, and enteric diseases
  • Burden of illness methods
  • Public health practice, including surveillance and outbreak investigations

Education

PhD (Epidemiology), University of Guelph, 2004

MSc (Epidemiology), University of Guelph, 1999

BSc (Bio-medical Science), University of Guelph, 1998

Selected publications

​See Google Scholar for full list of publications.

Majowicz, S.E., Diplock, K.J., Leatherdale, S.T., et al.  “Food safety knowledge, attitudes and self-reported practices among Ontario high school students”, Canadian Journal of Public Health (2015).

Majowicz, S.E., Scallan, E., Jones-Bitton, A., et al. “The global incidence of human Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli infections and deaths: a systematic review and knowledge synthesis”, Foodborne Pathogens and Disease (2014).

Parmley, E.J., Pintar, K., Majowicz, S., et al. “A Canadian application of One Health: integration of salmonella data from various Canadian surveillance programs (2005-2010)”, Foodborne Pathogens and Disease (2013).

Majowicz, S.E., Musto, J.A., Scallan, E., et al.  “The global burden of non-typhoidal salmonellosis”, Clinical Infectious Diseases (invited article; 2010).

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo