Faculty Member

Donald C Cole FRCP(C)

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
Office Address
Dalla Lana School of Public Health Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
Curriculum Vitae
Clinical Public Health Division
Epidemiology Division
Office of Global Public Health Education & Training
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status

Research Interests


  • Ecosystem approaches to health
  • Healthy and sustainable agriculture interventions for human health
  • Environmental or workplace intervention evaluation
  • Health research capacity strengthening evaluation

Education & Training History

1973 – 78 MD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

1987- 91 Community Medicine residency programme, McMaster University

2010 Centre for Faculty Development workshops on Writing Abstracts for Educational Journals, Applying Learning Theories to Teaching Problems

2010 Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation workshop series on Engaging Learners – promoting critical thinking

2012-13 Core Foundations in Educational Research certificate program

Other Affiliations

Member of the School of the Environment

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • Lead instructor of Ecological Public Health
  • Co-instructor of multiple graduate courses

Professional Summary & Appointments

Feb 99 – Present Senior then Associate Scientist, Workplace Studies, Institute for Work & Health http://www.iwh.on.ca/

Sept 2001- Present Associate Scientist, International Potato Center (CIP) http://cipotato.org/

2012 – Present Member, Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Health (COPEH-Can)  http://www.copeh-canada.org/ and EcoHealth Ontario Collaborative http://www.ecohealth-ontario.ca/

Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Occupational Medicine (1990) and Community Medicine (1992)

Member, Canadian Public Health Association

Member, Canadian Society of International Health and Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research – http://www.ccghr.ca/

Honours & Awards

  • 2008-9 International Travelling Fellowship, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • June 2011 Robin Badgley Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Health Sciences – open
  • Nov 2015  Vic Neufeld Mentorship Award in Global Health Research

Current Research Projects

Funded Investigator:

Cole DC, Copes R, Wiseman C, Chakravartty D, Archbold J. Biomonitoring of Newcomer Women from South and East Asia in the Greater Toronto Area. Health Canada, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch, CMP Monitoring & Surveillance Fund. Sept 2014 – Sept 2016 ($ 312,225)

Sherwood S, Batel M, Berti P, Borja R, Cole DC, Lopez P, Paredes M.  Mobilizing a Critical Mass of “250 Thousand Families” as a Public Policy Resource for Addressing Non-Communicable Disease in Ecuador. IDRC Agriculture, Health & Environment Program. CDN $930,000. Dec 2015-Dec 2018

Parkes M, Allison S, Hallstrom LK, Harder  HG, Stephen C, Surette C, Takaro TK with Adams E, Beck L, Brisbois B, Bunch M,  Buse C, Cleary E,  Cole DC,  Cross N,  De Leeuw S, Gislason M, Greenwood M, Lemire M, Marks R, Marshall D,  Reschny J, Saint-Charles J, Vaillancourt C, Vigano J, Woollard R.  The ECHO Network (Environment, Community,  Health Observatory): Strengthening intersectoral capacity to understand and respond to Health Impacts of Resource Development. CIHR Team Grant: Environments and Health: Intersectoral Prevention Research. LOI. (CDN$49,826) & Full application (CDN$ 2,083,753) (Co-Applicant)


CCGHR Mentorship workgroup

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine – Capacity Research Unit

Representative Publications:


Cole DC, Lee-Smith D, Nasinyama GW (eds). Healthy City Harvests: Generating evidence to guide policy on urban agriculture. CIP (International Potato Center)/Urban Harvest, Lima, Peru and Makerere University Press. 2008. 259 pp

Contributions to Books:

Cole DC, HortiSana Huancayo: Rossana Pacheco, Armando Alfaro, Veronica Cañedo, Willy Pradel, Gordon Prain, Mary Luz Solarzano, Bronwyn Underhill. Andean Indigenous-Mestizo Peoples, Agro-Ecosystems & Human Health: Horticulture in Peru’s Montaro Valley. In: Jeff Reading, Namaste Marsden, Rachel Link, Dinara Kurbanova and Miranda Kelly (eds). Global Indigenous Health Research Symposium Report. Papers and Presentations: Directions and Themes in International Indigenous Health Research 2008. Victoria, BC Canada: Centre for Aboriginal Health Research, University of Victoria. Pp 27-32

Nasinyama GW, Cole DC, Lee-Smith D. Health impact assessment of urban agriculture in Kampala. Ch 9 in: Prain G, Karanja N, Lee-Smith D (eds). African Urban Harvest: Agriculture in the cities of Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda. Ottawa et al. International Development Research Centre and Springer and International Potato Centre. 2011. pp167-192

Orozco F, Cole DC. Tackling challenges to farmers’ health and agro-ecosystem sustainability in highland Ecuador. Ch 4 in Charron D (ed). Ecohealth Research in Practice Innovative Applications of an Ecosystem Approach to Health. Springer & IDRC, Ottawa, Canada. 2011 pp 47-58

Pringle J, Cole DC. The Nigerian lead poisoning epidemic: The role of neoliberal globalization and challenges for humanitarian ethics. Dilemmas, Challenges, and Ethics of Humanitarian Action. Reflections on Medicins Sans Frontieres’  Perception Project. Abu-Sada C (ed). Montreal & Kingston et al; McGill-Queen’s University Press. 2012 pp 48-69 (Co-PA)

Cole DC, Hanson L, Rouleau K, Pottie K, Arya N. Teaching Global Health Ethics. Ch 12 in book by Pinto AD, Upshur REG (eds) on Global Health Ethics Education. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group) Jan 2013 pp 148-158

Cole DC. Reporting health research. Ch 12 in Bassil K and Zabhkiewicz D (eds) on Health Research Methods: a Canadian perspective by Oxford University Press 2014, pp 233-246 (PA)

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

Orozco F, Cole DC. Development of transdisciplinarity among students placed with a sustainability for health research project. EcoHealth 2008; 5(4): 491-503

Masuda J, Poland B, Yupanski T, Cole DC. Environmental health equity in Canada: mapping the landscape of research. Canadian Geographer 2008;52, no 4:427–450

Orozco F, Cole DC, Forbes G, Kroschel J, Wanigaratne S, Arica D, Monitoring adherence to the International FAO Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides – highly hazardous pesticides in central Andean agriculture and farmers’ rights to health. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 2009; 15(3); 255-268

Cole DC, Koehoorn M, Ibrahim, S, Hertzman C, Ostry A, Xu F. Factors associated with mental and musculoskeletal health outcomes in a cohort of health-care workers – a multi-level analysis. Journal of Health & Place 2009;15:1046-1057

Cole DC, Theberge N, Dixon SM, Rivilis I, Neumann WP, Wells R. Reflecting on a program of participatory ergonomics interventions: A multiple case study. Work 2009; 34(2):161-178

Cole DC, Vanderlinden L, Leah J, Whate R, Mee C, Bienefeld M, Wanigaratne S, Campbell M. Municipal interventions to reduce cosmetic/non-essential pesticide use on household lawns – the case of Toronto, Canada. BMC Environmental Health 2011; 10:74

Plugge EH, Cole DC. Masters’ in global health science: the role of background in graduates’ perceptions of course experience and outcomes. Human Resources for Health 2011; 9:26

Cole DC, Chen C, Hogg-Johnson S, Van Eerd DL, Mazumder A, Wells RP & Worksite Upper Extremity Research Group. Multivariate, longitudinal analysis of the impact of changes in office work environments on surface electromyography measures. Int Arch Occ Environ Health (2012) 85:493-503 DOI 10.1007/s00420-011-0696-6

Boyd A, Cole DC, Cho DB, Aslanyan G, Bates I. Funder frameworks for monitoring and evaluating health research capacity strengthening. PMID: 24330628 Health Research Policy and Systems December 2013; 11:46; 11pp;  http://www.health-policy-systems.com/content/11/1/46

Bates I, Boyd A, Smith H, Cole DC. A practical and systematic approach to organisational capacity strengthening in the health sector in Africa. PMID: 24581148 Health Research and Policy Systems March 2014, 12:11 (Co-PA)

Hau M, Cole DC, Vanderlinden L, Campbell M, MacFarlane R, Archbold J, Mee C. Application of precaution in addressing local environmental health issues: a retrospective case analysis and proposed guide. PMID:24999853  International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 2014;20(2):174 – 184

  1. Pradel W, Prain G, Cole DC, Mera X, Pacheco R. Towards healthier horticulture: evaluation of change in vegetable production, marketing and consumption in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Andes. Better Evaluation June 2013 http://betterevaluation.org/blog/mixed-methods-part2?utm_source=BetterEvaluation+Newsletter&utm_campaign=f4aa10463d-Special_edition_rubrics_14_03_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a745b98c7e-f4aa10463d-72513417 (Co-PA)

Cole DC, Boyd A, Aslanyan G, Bates I.Indicators for tracking programmes to strengthen health research capacity in lower- and middle-income countries: a qualitative synthesis. PMID: 24725961 Health Res Policy Syst  April 2014; 12:17

McKellar K, Yi J, Pitzul K, Cole DC. Evaluating communities of practice and knowledge networks: A systematic scoping review of evaluation frameworks. PMID: 25023411 EcoHealth  September 2014; 11(3):383-399; doi:10.1007/s10393-014-0958-3

Orkin AM, Lay M, McLaughlin J, Schwandt M, Cole D.  Medical repatriation of migrant farm workers in Ontario: a descriptive analysis. PMID:25295239 CMAJ OPEN June 2014; 2(3): E192-198; doi:10.9778/cmajo.20140014

Lam S, Leffley A, Cole DC. Applying an Ecohealth perspective in a state of the environment report: experiences of a local public health unit in Canada. PMID: 25546271 Int J Environ Res Public Health Deccember 2014;12(1):16-31; doi: 10.3390/ijerph120100016

Chakravartty D, Wiseman C, Cole DC. Examining the intersection of sex, gender, race and ethnicity in Canadian environmental health literature PMID: 25560890 Can J Public Health.  November 2014;105(6):e438-44 (Co-A)

Godoy-Paiz P, Cole DC, Lenters L, McKenzie K.  Developing collaborative approaches to international research: Perspectives of new global health researchers. PMID:25642809 Glob Public Health February 2015; 2:1-23

Di Ruggiero E, Cohen JE, Cole DC, Forman L. Public health agenda setting in a global context: the international labor organization’s decent work agenda. PMID: 25713966 Am J Public Health April 2015;105(4):e58-61Epub February 2015; doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302455

Cole DC, Johnson N, Mejia R, McCullough H, Turcotte-Tremblay A-M, Barnoya J, CCGHR-GHRI Global Health Research Mentorship Project Team.  Mentoring health researchers globally: diverse experiences, programs, challenges and responses.  PMID: 26234691 Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice August 2015; 1-16; doi: 10.1080/17441692.2015.1057091

Cole DC, Levin C, Loechl C, Thiele G, Grant F, Girard AW, Sindi K, Low J. Planning an integrated agriculture and health program and designing its evaluation: experience from western Kenya. Evaluation and Program Planning 2016 Jun;56:11-22. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2016.03.001. Epub 2016 Mar 14 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0149718916300581 [PMID: 27003730] (PA)

Cole DC, Nyirenda LJ, Fazal N, Bates I. Implementing a national health research for development platform in a low income country – a review of Malawi’s Health Research Capacity Strengthening Initiative. Health Research Policy and Systems 2016 Apr 1;14(1):24. doi: 10.1186/s12961-016-0094-3, http://health-policy-systems.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12961-016-0094-3 [PMID: 27037082 PMCID: PMC4818488] (PA)

Yarmoshuk A*, Gauntai A, Mwangu M, Cole DC, Zarowsky C. Mapping international university partnerships identified by East African universities as strengthening their medicine, nursing, and public health programs. Annals of Global Health 2016 http://dx.doi. org/10.1016/j.aogh.2016.07.006 (Co-A)

Parkes M, Saint-Charles, Cole DC, Gislason M, Hicks E, Le Bourdais C, McKellar K*, St-Cyr Bouchard  M & Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health Team. Collaborative teaching and learning: Experiences from a short, intensive field course on ecosystems, health and society. Higher Education Research and Development Published online 2016 Dec 9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2016.1263937 (CoA)

Wiseman CL, Parnia A*, Chakravartty D*, Archbold J, Zawar N, Copes R, Cole DC. Blood Cadmium Concentrations and Environmental Exposure Sources in Newcomer South and East Asian Women in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. Environmental Research 2016 Dec 21;154:19-27. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2016.12.013. (Co-A) PMID: 28012400

Fonn S, Egesah O, Cole D, Griffiths F, Manderson L, Kabiru C, Ezeh A, Thorogood M, Izugbara C. Building the Capacity to Solve Complex Health Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa: CARTA’s Multidisciplinary PhD Training. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2016Dec 27;107(4-5):e381-e386. doi: 10.17269/cjph.107.551 (Co-A) PMID: 28026701

Brisbois B*, Burgos Delgado A, Barraza D, Betancourt OF, Cole DC, Mertens F, Parkes M, Saint-Charles J. Ecosystem approaches to health and knowledge-to-action: towards a political ecology of applied health-environment knowledge. Journal of Political Ecology 2017; Vol. 24: 692-715 (Co-A)

Weiler, Anelyse; McLaughlin, Janet; Cole, Donald. Food security at whose expense? A critique of the Canadian temporary farm labour migration regime and proposals for change. International Migration 2017 Vol. 55 (4) pp 48-63 doi: 10.1111/imig.12342 (Co-A)

Cole DC, Govender NP, Chakrabarti A, Sacaral J, Denning DW. Improvement of fungal disease identification and management – combined health systems and public health approaches. The Lancet Infectious Diseases Published Online July 31, 2017 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016S1473-3099(17)30308-0 8 pp (PA)