Collaborative Specializations

Provide students with a broader base from which to explore a novel interdisciplinary area or special development that crosses a number of disciplines.

Collaborative Specializations enrich scholarly activity by creating common, multidisciplinary experiences for students to connect around a particular area of focus outside their home graduate unit.

Collaborative Specializations are offered to graduate students across the University of Toronto, uniting multiple disciplines to provide a truly unique education experience.

Students in a collaborative specialization must meet all the requirements of their home department in terms of course work, practicum, and/or thesis, in addition to taking the specialized courses of the collaborative program.

Some collaborative specializations are open to students in both the Master’s and Doctoral programs. Please check with the specific specialization for details.

Collaborative Specialization Requirements:

  • All usual requirements for the degree program in the home department
  • A thesis topic or practicum placement relevant to the collaborative specialization (depending on the degree requirement)
  • A thesis supervisor or member of the thesis committee, depending on the specialization, must be appointed to the collaborative specialization
  • Each specialization has specific course requirements

Collaborative Specializations Sponsored by DLSPH

Aboriginal Health

The Collaborative Specialization in Aboriginal Health (CSAH) involves graduate units in the Faculties of Arts and Science Medicine, Nursing and OISE/UT; and is in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Aboriginal Studies Program. The main objective of the specialization is to provide training in Aboriginal health research and practice for graduate students at the University of Toronto, while enhancing mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal communities and organizations.

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Bioethics

The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) is a partnership between the University of Toronto and affiliated healthcare organizations. The JCB studies important ethical, health-related topics through research and clinical activities. The JCB is a network of over 180 multidisciplinary professionals seeking to improve health care standards at both national and international levels. At the JCB, theory is put into practice.

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Community Development

The Collaborative Masters Specialization in Community Development brings together graduate students and professors from a range of disciplines and professional programs with an interest in community development.

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Global Health

The Collaborative Specialization in Global Health (CSGH) is designed to deepen the knowledge base of doctoral students about multidisciplinary approaches to global health issues and challenges, provide career-training related to global health research and practice, and help students develop skills that advance their research.

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Health Services and Policy Research

IHPME offers the largest graduate specialization in health services research in English Canada. Health Services Research is offered as a concentration at both the Master of Science and Doctoral level, preparing health services researchers for academic, research and planning positions in both the public and private sectors.

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Public Health Policy

The Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy is a cross-disciplinary specialization providing graduate students with exemplary training program in public health policy. It will give students the capacity to contribute to the development, refinement, and evaluation of policies to address society’s pressing and emerging public health priorities.

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Women’s Health

Provides graduate students the opportunity to interact with and be mentored by senior academics engaged in women’s health research, as well as experience employing multidisciplinary approaches necessary to comprehensively examine women’s health and the various biological and social determinants that shape women’s lives and well-being.

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Collaborative Specializations in which DLSPH Participates

Addiction Studies

The goal of the Collaborative Specialization in Addiction Studies (CoPAS) at the University of Toronto is to develop and integrate graduate training in the multidisciplinary field of addictions. This field encompasses the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other psychoactive substances, as well as gambling and other addictive behaviours.

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Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course

The first aim of the Institute is to conduct applied interdisciplinary research on aging from a life course perspective which sets the Institute apart from most existing centres and institutes on ageing. Using a bio-psycho-social approach, the Institute focuses on the processes of aging and population aging. All of the research is competitive and funded by national bodies in Canada: CIHR, SSHRC, NCE, HRSDC.

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Environment and Health

The Environment and Health (EH) program complements the collaborative specialization in Environmental Studies while adding a distinct focus on the interplay between the outdoor environment and health status. The health implications of human impacts on the environment cover a very broad range of issues including: air and water quality, contaminated land and shifts in the distribution of vector-borne diseases (related to changes in land-use, climate and human migration).

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Health Care, Technology, and Place

New technologies are reshaping the health care landscape and altering the relationships between human bodies, technologies, places, and health care work. Technological connections blur boundaries between bodies and machine, life and death, people and physical environments, and public and private places.

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Human Development

The Collaborative Doctoral Specialization in Human Development (CPHD) is an integrative, transdisciplinary specialization that brings together PhD students from diverse backgrounds to approach human development problems from a holistic perspective. The specialization is structured to facilitate collaboration across academic “silos” and train students to “speak the language” of other disciplines.

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Neuroscience

The Collaborative Specialization in Neuroscience is the largest collaborative neuroscience graduate specialization in Canada with more than 380 faculty members and over 270 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, from fifteen academic departments across six faculties at U of T. This large and versatile community provides the strong basis to cultivate a successful training Specialization supporting excellence, collaboration, innovation, and translational and trans-disciplinary research activities.

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Resuscitation Sciences

The goal of the Collaborative Specialization in Resuscitation Sciences is to train scientists pursuing research in the optimal care of the acutely ill and injured patient and, ultimately, to create leaders in the discipline who will supervise others providing this level of scientific inquiry. The specialization will appeal to students from a wide variety of backgrounds with an interest in any aspect of resuscitation science.

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Sexual Diversity Studies

The Bonham Centre hosts a collaborative graduate specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies at the MA and PhD levels, inaugurated in 2008. This is one of few such specializations anywhere, and builds on the rapid expansion of the SDS undergraduate program, and the faculty research strength at the University of Toronto.

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Women and Gender Studies

For the past 40 years, WGSI has trained students to think about the entanglements of gender, race and sexuality. Our teaching and research is distinctive for its transnational feminist approach, critically addressing how national borders, colonialisms, labour, and migration shape life, knowledge, and politics.

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