Students who have already been accepted into a participating doctoral program at the University of Toronto are eligible to apply to the CSGH. Application requirements are:

  1. A personal statement, no longer than two pages, single spaced, describing describing your global-health related experiences – including coursework and independent research completed at the undergraduate and/or Masters levels, as well as professional and volunteer experiences – and how these experiences have prepared you for the collaborative Specialization in Global Health;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. Two academic writing samples (maximum 20 pages each).

In one PDF file, please send this CSGH Application Form and additional materials (listed above) to by the application PhD student deadline (June 9th, 2019)


For doctoral students admitted to the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health, formal requirements are:

1) Participation in CHL5701H: Doctoral Seminar, Collaborative Specialization in Global Health, a half-credit global health research seminar course, for two semesters during your studies. Students are encouraged to attend the CSGH seminar whenever they are in Toronto.

2) Completion of ONE core course. Students may choose between:

CHL 5702H: History of International Health (offered in 2020 Winter Term)

CHL 5704H: International Human Rights Law and Global Health: The Right to Health in Theory and Practice (not offered in 2019-20)

JCR 1000Y: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Challenges

NUR 1038H: Social Determinants of Health in a Global Context: Theories and Methods

NUR 1083H: Comparative Politics of Health and Health Policy in a Globalizing World

3) Completion of one approved elective course from outside your home department (this is in addition to the core course). The elective must be approved by the CSGH Director.

4) Writing and defending a thesis related to global health. Your advisor or one member of your doctoral dissertation committee must be part of the Collaborative Program Advisory Committee. Please see Contacts at Collaborating Graduate Doctoral Programs for list of Committee members.

5) Doctoral students participating in CSGH are responsible for meeting the doctoral requirements of their home departments.

Participating programs

The program is available to PhD students in the following participating graduate units:

PhD Students Starting in 2019

Name Contact Information Home Department/Division Supervisor/s Research Interests and Area
Sujata Mishra IHPME – Health Services Research (Health Economics) Nancy Reichman and Audrey Laporte
Victoria Haldane IHPME – Outcomes and Evaluation
Xiaolin Wei Evaluation Methods, Tuberculosis Control, eHealth
Brandon Maser; IHPME – Health Services Research (Health Policy) Mark Dobrow and Avram Denburg Global child health policy; internationally-controlled essential medicines; global palliative care access
David Hill, LinkedIn: PHS – Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Anne-Emanuelle Birn Global health policy in Latin America, mining and extractive industries, societal determinants of health
Genevieve Armstrong Nursing Denise Gastaldo Tuberculosis and Migration
Damilola Iduye Nursing Dr. Nelson
Miranda Loutet PHS – Epidemiology Daniel Roth maternal, newborn and child health
Garrett Morgan  Geography and Planning Blake Poland and John Robinson Inclusive Urban Resilience and Sustainability; Healthy Cities; Place-Based Public Health Strategies
Archchun Ariyarajah PHS – Epidemiology Natasha Crowcroft

PhD Students Starting in 2018

Name Contact Information Home Department/Division Supervisor/s Dissertation/Research Interests
Bianca Carducci



Nutritional Sciences Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta

I’m really interested in the nexus between global food, nutrition, and the environment. My dissertation is focused on the health and nutrition of school-aged children in two provinces of Pakistan.

Loreto Fernandez Social and Behavioural Health Sciences
Amrita Kumar-Ratta Geography
Juyeon Lee Social and Behavioural Health Sciences
Erica Di Ruggiero &
Donald Cole
Social inequalities in health, especially the relationship between precarious employment and health. I am focusing on examining how the lived experiences of online platform workers vary across different social, economic and political contexts.
Adetola (Tola) Mbulaheni Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Daniel Grace HIV prevention, African/Black populations, gender, qualitative research, critical theory
Sarah O’Sullivan Anthropology
Kathryn Wiens Epidemiology
Sarah Williams


Twitter: @misantropologa

Anthropology Janice Boddy and Holly Wardlow Maternal/Reproductive Health, Mexican midwifery, Mayas, Indigenous Health, Obstetric violence, Vaccine hesitancy

PhD Students Starting in 2017

Name Contact Information Home Department/Division Supervisor/s Dissertation/Research Interests
Shamim Ahmed



Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Daniel Sellen, Shafi Bhuiyan Urban health, Labor market, Health equity, Development economics, Global Health, and Health policy
Kayvan Viand IHPME
Natasha Altin Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Stephanie Nixon Assistive technology, rehabilitation, disability, occupational therapy; rehabilitation systems’ services, policies and research
Michelle Amri Twitter: @michelle_amri Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Drs. Arjumand Siddiqi & Theresa Enright Public Health Policy; Health Equity; Urban Health; Discourse Analysis
Isha Berry


Twitter: @ishaberry2

Epidemiology Dr. David Fisman Transmission Dynamics of Influenza and Avian Influenza in Urban Bangladesh
Allison Daniel


Twitter: @KusamalaProgram

Nutritional Sciences Dr. Robert Bandsma Developmental and nutritional outcomes in children with severe acute malnutrition
Calvin Ke


Twitter: @calvinke

Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research; Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Baiju Shah, Prabhat Jha, Thérèse Stukel, Juliana Chan Young-onset type 2 diabetes, global diabetes epidemiology
Rozina Somani



Faculty of Nursing Dr. Carles Muntaner ” Violence in the healthcare sectors” I am planning to implement a workplace violence reporting system for nurses working in the healthcare setting of Pakistan.
Sarah Sutherland Epidemiology
Bernice Yanful Public Health Sciences