The Collaborative Specialization in Global Health (CSGH) is designed to deepen the knowledge base of graduate 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. The Collaborative Specialization views “global health” in an integrative manner.  It focuses on the relationships among local, regional, national, and international forces that influence health and health equity as well as on the development of effective interventions and policies.


The CSGH integrates methods and insights from its participating University-wide  Departments and Faculties.  It provides a vibrant intellectual community for doctoral students and research faculty to interact and learn from one another.  Students are encouraged to think critically about global health paradigms and to integrate academic research skills in an applied setting.  Graduates of the specialization will enhance their multidisciplinary skills.

The Collaborative Specialization in Global Health will be merging with the Masters Global Public Health Emphasis in September 2017. The new specialization will draw on the significant academic resources available at the School to offer all students, both master’s and doctoral, a richer experiential environment and increased opportunities to build a vibrant learning community. Additional information on the new specialization will be posted on this page and on the Masters Emphasis page early in 2017.


To enable students to develop an understanding of global health in terms of the interaction of global, national, regional, and local forces, processes, and conditions;

To ground training in disciplinary perspectives and engage in multidisciplinary research enterprises;

To offer mentorship opportunities by committed and experienced faculty with a diversity of theoretical, operational and methodological perspectives on global health; and,

To grapple with complex health-related policymaking by the range of international, national, and local actors in a wide range of sectors that shape policies and carry out activities that affect health.

Specialization Overview

The Collaborative Specialization in Global Health (CSGH) is led by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) and brings together faculty and students from across the University of Toronto. Students must apply to and register in a home participating unit and follow a course of study acceptable to both that unit and the CSGH.

The specialization is available to PhD students in the following Departments and faculties:

  • Divisions across the Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry)
  • Faculty of Arts and Science (Departments of Anthropology and Political Science)
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Law
  • Geography and Program in Planning
  • Institute of Medical Science
  • Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
  • Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Rehabilitation Sciences Institute
  • Rotman School of Management

The Joint Centre for Bioethics, Munk School of Global Affairs, International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation, and Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation are supporting units of the Collaborative Specialization.

Contacts at Collaborating Graduate Specializations:

Specialization Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Prospective students cannot apply to this specialization directly.  Eligible students need to be admitted to or already enrolled in a PhD program in one of the sponsoring departments before they are able to apply to the Collaborative specialization in Global Health.

For students admitted to the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health, formal requirements beginning in 2015-2016 are:

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

  • CHL 5702H: History of International Health (offered in 2018 Winter Term)
  • CHL 5704H: International Human Rights Law and Global Health: The Right to Health in Theory and Practice (not offered in 2017-18)
  • 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

2) 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.

3) 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 residence.

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 Specialization Advisory Committee (Please see “Contacts at Collaborating Graduate Specialization” for list of Committee members).

5) Students participating in CSGH will still be required to complete all requirements of their home department to complete their doctoral studies.

Eligibility And Application Process

The Collaborative Specialization in Global Health is a special designation within existing collaborating doctoral programs.  All applicants must first apply to, meet the admission criteria of, and be accepted into a doctoral program in one of the collaborating graduate departments, indicating their interest in the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health.  Once accepted in a participating doctoral program, the student may apply to the Collaborative Specialization by submitting a complete application to the CSGH.

The Specialization encourages diversity in academic disciplines, life experience and origins.  Students already enrolled in a participating University of Toronto PhD program may apply for admission, and in addition to the above should specify their year within the home program and membership of their dissertation committee.

Students fulfilling the requirements of the collaborating department and the CSGH will receive a notation indicating completion of a collaborative specialization in Global Health on the transcript issued by the University of Toronto.

The call for applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be posted in Spring 2017.

Contact Information

Collaborative Specialization in Global Health
Office of Global Public Health Education and Training
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto
155 College Street, Room 400
Toronto, ON M5T 3M7

Required Courses

Elective Courses