Research, education, and service to solve grand health challenges

Teaching and research in the School of Public Health and Health Systems focuses on the development of capacity, tools, processes and structures (e.g., governance, policy, mass communication, community mobilization, surveillance, and evaluation) to reorganize, integrate and shape the complex systems and organizations which facilitate or undermine population health and the integrated, efficient delivery of health care.
In addition to classical public health methodologies (e.g., epidemiology, determinants of health), every student will have foundational knowledge about how health systems are organized, as well as how and why it is important to understand health (and health care) as a system.
Our researchers work closely with partners including ministries of health and health promotion, the World Health Organization, Public Health Agency of Canada, private industry, and many others to identify and understand health complex challenges and to develop relevant solutions.

Focus areas

Our research, education and training aims to solve significant local, provincial/state, national and international challenges in public health and health systems including:

  • Chronic disease prevention and management 
  • Food and water safety, security, and governance 
  • Global health 
  • Health and aging 
  • Health and environment 
  • Health informatics 
  • Health policy and health systems 
  • Healthy workplaces 

For more information, see focus areas and researchers by focus area.

Supporting teaching excellence

Elena NeitermanElena Neiterman, the school's Teaching Mentor, supports and encourages teaching excellence and best practices to improve the depth, effectiveness, and efficiency of student learning.