​Doctoral Seminar, Collaborative Program in Global Health

Course Number
5700 (Global Health)
Course Instructor(s)
Erica Di Ruggiero

Course Description

This global health seminar is designed to deepen the knowledge base of doctoral students about interdisciplinary approaches and responses to global health issues and challenges, provide career training opportunities related to global health research, policy and practice, and help students develop skills that advance their research objectives. The course will consist of a mix of faculty- and student-led seminars. Students enrolled in the seminar will also be encouraged to attend related Collaborative Specialization in Global Health (CSGH) events. Networking and informal mentoring between students and faculty are encouraged inside and outside of the classroom. Each year, the lead instructor chooses an overarching theme for the seminar series.

Course Objectives

Students will:

  1. Gain substantive knowledge about global health issues and challenges, and how different disciplinary approaches can be applied to address them;
  2. Engage in dynamic and critical knowledge exchange, skills-building and networking in areas relevant to global health and related research, policy and practice;
  3. Develop academic and professional skills, and gain insights about how to build careers in global health research, policy, and practice.


Global health experts, participating faculty members, visiting global health researchers, policy makers, and practitioners will give presentations on their research and other professional involvement in global health as it relates to CSGH seminar objectives and the overarching theme for the year. Presenters will provide resources that describe their field of research/policy/practice interest in advance of their session. Students are expected to present their prospective or doctoral research in progress.

Lead Instructor: Erica Di Ruggiero (e.diruggiero@utoronto.ca)

General Requirements

  • This is a required course for doctoral students in the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health (CSGH). Enrolment is restricted to doctoral students in the specialization. For students not enrolled in the CSGH, prior approval from the course instructor is required to take the course.