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Faculty Member

Diego G. Bassani M.Sc., Ph.D. (Epidemiology)

Email Address(es)
Diego.bassani(at), Diego.bassani(at)
Office Phone
416-813-7654 ext 303033
Office Address
Centre for Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children 686 Bay Street Toronto, ON M5G 0A4
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Centre for Global Health
Epidemiology Division
Associate Professor
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Status Only
Currently Accepting Doctoral Students?

Research Interests

  • Epidemiological methods
  • Complex systems in epidemiology
  • Network science in epidemiology
  • Child Health and Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Global Health
  • Large-scale Epidemiological Studies
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Health Policy Research

Education & Training History

Diego Bassani is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. He is a Senior Scientist at the Research Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Bassani has conducted important research on child growth and development, the causes and distribution of child deaths, coverage of health interventions, identification of risk factors for child mortality as well as program evaluation. Dr. Bassani currently works on international evaluation projects and large-scale field trials in maternal and child health in multiple countries.

He also conducts research on the impact of policy changes on child health, survival and development. Dr. Bassani is the Director of the International Program Evaluation Unit (IPE) at the Centre for Global Child Health, a unit that was established in response to the increasing demands for governments, implementing agencies and funders’ accountability for investments in health and development programs. The IPE unit leads multi-country, large-scale evaluations in partnership with implementing agencies, conducts research and offers technical support to international programs. IPE is developing a new area of research,  focused on the measurement of health status and health indicators during emergencies, including novel methodological approaches to survey design, sampling and data collection.

Other Affiliations

(Primary) Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Paediatrics, Division of Paediatric Medicine

Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • Research Practicum Supervision – MPH
  • Thesis Supervision – PhD
  • Course lead – CHL7001H S8 (Large Scale Impact Evaluation) 

Professional Summary & Appointments

Current Appointments

Director – International Program Evaluation Unit – Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children

Senior Scientist – Global Child Health Program/Child Health and Evaluative Sciences – The Hospital for Sick Children

Current Research Projects

Allometric scaling of health status with population settlement size; Granting Agency: New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration (Principal Investigator)

Canadian Network for Modelling Infectious Disease; Granting Agency: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Co-Investigator)

An application of Super-Imposition by Translation and Rotation (SITAR) modelling    to population-level child height trajectories of children aged 0-5 years using data from 145 Demographic Health Surveys (DHS) from 64 countries between 2000 and 2018; Granting Agency: Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) (Nominated Principal Investigator)

Probiotics and infant outcomes in Dhaka, Bangladesh; Granting Agency: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Co-Investigator)

THRIVE: Improving SRHR in Mali, Niger and Sierra Leone (Save the Children Canada); Granting Agency: Global Affairs Canada (Sub-grantee)

COVID-19: A Nutrition Response for Pregnant Women and Children (Nutrition International); Granting Agency: Global Affairs Canada (Sub-grantee)

Representative Publications

PubMed Link Complete List of Publications