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The DLSPH Community

The DLSPH is an internationally recognized community of scientists, teachers, students, practitioners, policy makers and citizens, creating new knowledge, educating change makers, advancing practice and guiding the way to better, more equitable outcomes in population health and health systems – locally, nationally and globally.

As a society, we face urgent opportunities to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles, design policies and systems to improve health care, build healthy cities, respond to health crises and address the societal and root causes of illness.

We must direct health system resources to deliver the greatest quality and value, to be accountable, inclusive and sustainable and to lead better outcomes for all. We cannot delegate this job to the future, or to others, or to any one organization or government on its own.

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health is an internationally recognized community of scientists, teachers, students, practitioners, policy makers and citizens who are deeply motivated by this challenge, and who collaborate widely to move health and health systems forward. Strategically situated in the heart of the GTA – we are an integral part of U of T and of Canada’s largest health ecosystem in a globalized world.

We know to be successful in our quest we must be rigorous and inventive, inspired by values we share and working to unite research, Indigenous knowledge and practice – strengthened by the courage to stand up for what we know – and believe – to be effective, and fair, and just.

We invite you to join us – as a student, researcher, teacher, partner or donor – because this is not a challenge we can take on alone. Join us at the forefront of change in health.


To be the leading model for public health and health systems learning, research and service, with impact at local and global levels.


Public health and health systems scholarship built on engagement, excellence and impact.

In order to fulfill this mission and vision it will be important for the DLSPH to continue to invest thoughtfully in collaborative models that integrate decision-makers and institutions in government, civil society, the public and private sector, and community-based organizations, with the potential for population health and health systems impact.


Independence, Integrity and Rigour: in striving for and adhering to the highest standards of scholarship, scientific evidence, critical thinking, innovation, professionalism and leadership in the creation and dissemination of knowledge

Engagement and Collaboration: in identifying, evaluating and addressing public health, health systems and bioethics issues, questions and solutions-based partnerships

Equity and Social Responsibility: by promoting the inherent dignity and right to health and healthcare and social justice of every human being

Ethical and Responsive: in our conduct and in the manner in which we engage with our communities, respectful of diverse perspectives, values and cultural framings

Accountability: to our working community of scholars, learners and staff, our partners across multiple sectors of society, and the communities in which we work

Sustainability: by working in mindful ways to ensure the long-term sustainability of our school’s environmental services, the health-enhancing environmental resources of our host societies locally and beyond, and the biotic diversity of our planet

Healthy Work: by supporting and promoting healthy workplace initiatives, best practices in occupational and environmental health and safety, and work-life balance

By the Numbers

  • icon-teacher85 Core Faculty
  • program-icon-collaborative73Cross-Appointed Faculty
  • program-icon-masters745 Master’s Program Students
  • program-icon-doctoral319 PhD Program Students
  • icon-healthier-communities20 Residents and Post-Doctoral Fellows
  • icon-research$40.4 MILLION In Annual Research Funding

Research & Partnerships

The School continues to leverage its longstanding collaborative partnerships with institutions in Canada’s largest health science research network, and central location in Toronto. Many of our research faculty reside in centre and units affiliated with the school:

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School Council

The DLSPH School Council is the Faculty’s governing body with representation from all major stakeholder groups — faculty, students, staff, alumni, partners, etc. — that approves committee and senior leadership initiatives and sets policies and procedures to maintain accountability.

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Planning & Reports

Annual Reports

2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15

Strategic Planning

Operational Plan Towards 2021 & Beyond 2012-15 UTQAP Academic Plan

The Dalla Lana Family

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health is grateful for the leadership and support of founding benefactors Paul and Alessandra Dalla Lana.

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