Izzeldin Abuelaish receives honorary degree from York for message of peace

By: Terry Lavender On October 15, York University awarded DLSPH professor and Gaza peace activist Izzeldin Abuelaish an honorary degree, citing his dedication to “using health as a vehicle for peace.” The honour was the latest of many for Abuelaish, author of the best-selling book I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza...

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Global health students define their voice with help from Shakespeare and Yoga

A group of 11 global health students channeled their inner Shakespeare earlier this month at Finding Your Voice: Building Stronger Presence and Communication Skills, a communications workshop designed to help PhD students hone their personal brand message. The workshop enabled students to develop leadership presence and improve communication skills using...

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The Unseen Vulture: One public health student’s take on global health

Research is much more than just vanity. It must serve all of humanity.  Reflecting on her global health and peace course, Bethel Aklilu, a second-year MPH student in Health Promotion with a Global Health Emphasis, pursued a creative method to express her new understanding of global health. For her final...

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IHPME and HQO’s second-​annual Moonshot event draws enthusiastic crowd, Blue Jays fans

More than 250 students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends gathered on October 14 at Steam Whistle Brewing for a thrilling evening of networking, awards and recognition at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation’s (IHPME) Moonshot 2015 event. “Moonshot is about celebrating our achievements, recognizing the amazing work of...

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Should we routinely collect data on race? Canada at a crossroads

By: Arjumand Siddiqi As a health researcher, I know that one of the most consistent findings on health outcomes is that, on average, members of racial minority groups have poorer health status than whites. This hallmark pattern is largely based on the United States.  In Canada, the story is less...

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U of T public health researchers urge that movies with smoking be 18A rated

An Ontario 18A rating for all movies with smoking would avert more than 30,000 tobacco-related deaths and save more than half a billion dollars in healthcare costs, according to U of T public health researchers. “There is a solid body of research that demonstrates youth who are exposed to smoking...

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Public health leader discusses big data for health in Brazil

On August 28, 2015, Professor Howard Hu travelled to São Paulo, Brazil to present a new research perspective on big data for population health and cultivate partnerships with public health and clinical leaders at the University of São Paulo and local medical centres. “Brazil’s rapid expansion in public health infrastructure...

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Remembering DLSPH alumnus Roger Nicolaï

Dr. Roger Nicolaï, a graduate of the University of Toronto’s School of Hygiene — the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s predecessor — passed away on August 25, 2015 at his home in Corsica, France. “My grandfather was, I believe, one of the oldest DLSPH alumni alive in Western Europe...

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Global health researcher finds Oliver Twist narrative does not apply to orphans in low-​and-​middle-​income countries

Orphanages, or other institutional environments, may be better equipped to care for children in need than extended families or other family-based care configurations in low-and-middle-income countries, according to researchers at the University of Toronto, Indiana University and Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. Global health researcher Paula Braitstein published an editorial...

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Professor Shafi U. Bhuiyan appointed part-​time, core faculty at DLSPH

I am delighted to announce Dr. Shafi U. Bhuiyan’s appointment as Assistant Professor (part-time, core) in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Clinical Public Health Division, beginning July 1, 2015. In this role, he will develop a Clinical Public Health MPH program specially designed for internationally trained medical doctors....

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