Collaborative Specialization in Global Health Doctoral Program

Through various activities, including coursework and experiential learning opportunities, Doctoral students in the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health (CSGH) will reflect and deepen their knowledge about interdisciplinary approaches and responses to global health issues. Students will get opportunities to engage with leading global health faculty, career training opportunities and help to develop skills that advance their research objectives.

Application Requirements

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. Application form – CSGH – 2020
  2. A personal statement, no longer than two pages, single spaced, 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;
  3. A curriculum vitae;
  4. Two academic writing samples (maximum 20 pages each).

The application for CSGH Doctoral program is due June 14th, 2020. Please submit all application materials as one file to

Program Requirements

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:

CHL5420H: Global Health Research

CHL 5702H: History of International Health

CHL 5704H: International Human Rights Law and Global Health: The Right to Health in Theory and Practice

JCR 1000Y: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Challenges

NUR 1038H: Social Determinants of Health in a Global Context: Theories and Methods (not offered in 2020-2021)

NUR 1083H: Comparative Politics of Health and Health Policy in a Globalizing World (not offered in 2020-2021)

if there isn’t a core course on this list that meets your learning objectives or you are not able to take, please consult the CSGH director.

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 Maternal and child health outcomes and non-communicable diseases in low resource settings
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


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
Alyssa Kelly IHPME – Health Services Research Melanie Barwick
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 Vaccine-preventable diseases, Infectious disease outbreaks, Epidemiological surveillance data
Vinyas Harish IHPME and Faculty of Medicine Laura Rosella and Kamran Khan

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 Anne-Emanuelle Birn
Amrita Kumar-Ratta Geography Rachel Silvey
Juyeon Lee Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Erica Di Ruggiero &
Lisa Forman
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.
Sarah O’Sullivan

Twitter: @s_oparkivan

Anthropology Holly Wardlow & Bianca Dahl Medical anthropology, development, post-conflict, humanitarianism, HIV/AIDS, personhood, stigma theory, East Africa, Uganda, Acholi
Kathryn Wiens Epidemiology Stephen Hwang
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 Alex Jadad
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 Patricia O’Campo & 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

Carles Muntaner PhD MHS


Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, DLSPH

My field of study is “critical approaches to health and health outcomes” and my PhD research focuses on “violence in the healthcare sectors.” I am planning to implement a Workplace Violence Reporting System for Nurses in a Healthcare Setting in Pakistan.
Sarah Sutherland Epidemiology Paula Braitstein & Harry Shannon International health development with a focus on maternal and child health
Bernice Yanful Public Health Sciences Anne-Emanuelle Birn