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Faculty Member

Monica Elizabeth Campbell B.Sc., M.E.S. Ph.D.

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Dalla Lana School of Public Health University of Toronto Health Sciences Building 155 College Street Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
Curriculum Vitae
Occupational & Environmental Health Division
Adjunct Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member

Education & Training History

Ph.D. Pharmacology (Toxicology Stream), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. 1983 – 1987.

M.E.S. Environmental Studies, York University. 1976 – 1978.

B.Sc. Ecology, University of Toronto. 1971 – 1975.

Certificate: Leading Sustainable Strategic Change, Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business.

Certificate: Advanced Media Relations, Stanton Associates.

Certificate: Advanced Management Course, Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business.

Other Affiliations

Former Director, Healthy Public Policy, Toronto Public Health (Monica retired from Toronto Public Health in September 2017).

Since the inception of the Healthy Public Policy Directorate in September 2010, Monica has had city-wide responsibility for ensuring the development of evidence-informed public policies that best protect the health of Toronto residents. As such, she steered the directorate into a leading research, policy and advocacy unit that addressed a broad array of social and environmental determinants of health. Major areas of investigation and advocacy included: strengthening the smoking bylaw, policy options to restrict indoor tanning, enhancing public access to nutritional information of restaurant food, reducing health disparities arising from racism, addressing limited access and affordability of transit, examining mental health issues such as suicide, cancer prevention, climate change and air quality, assessing vulnerability to extreme heat and how to reduce it, toxics reduction and the ChemTRAC program, and a cluster of initiatives directed at creating a healthier city through identification and implementation of active design principles, Official Plan Review, removing zoning barriers in apartment neighbourhoods, and health impact assessment of major land use and transportation decisions in Toronto.

Monica was previously the manager for Toronto Public Health’s Environmental Protection Office. She led a team of researchers, policy experts and health promotion specialists in promoting enhanced environmental quality and prevention of adverse health effects from a degraded urban environment. Previously Monica worked with the Public Health Research, Education and Development (PHRED) program at the North York, East York and City of Toronto sites. Monica has been active on many provincial and national committees, including the Urban Environments and Health Inequalities Expert Advisory Committee, National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Advisory Board, International Joint Commission’s Health Professionals Task Force and the Ministry of Environment’s Toxics Reduction Scientific Expert Panel.

Monica holds a doctorate in Toxicology (Pharmacology) from the University of Toronto and a status appointment as Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer review journal articles and more than 100 technical and policy reports on public health matters.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • Monica has developed a new half course for the DLSPH entitled “Health-in-All-Policies: Approaches to Achieve a Healthier City”. Offered to graduate students in the fall, the course focuses on examining decision making on social and environmental determinants of health at the municipal level. It creates the opportunity for students to apply a healthy public policy framework to real world health issues and decision making towards achieving an inclusive healthy city for all.
  • Monica does not take on the supervision of students regarding their masters or Ph.D. thesis work.

Honours & Awards


Distinguished Service Award – Ontario Public Health Association (since 1996)

  • Clean Air Partnership Award – GTA Clean Air Partnership (2007)
  • Green Toronto Awards – finalist in Bob Hunter category (2009) – award is for TPH team leadership on Environmental Reporting & Disclosure Bylaw (ChemTRAC Program)

Membership on Significant External Committees:

  • Expert Advisory Group – Urban Environments and Health Inequalities, CIHR (2009 – 2011)
  • Toxics Reduction Scientific Expert Panel, Ontario Ministry of Environment (2008 – 2009)
  • National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Advisory Board, PHAC (2007 – 2010)
  • Great Lakes Public Health Network Steering Committee, Health Canada (2006 – 2010)
  • Health Professionals Task Force, International Joint Commission (2006 – 2007)
  • Management Committee – Air Quality Health Index, Health Canada and Environment Canada (2004 – 2009)

Representative Publications

  • Camden A, Levy J, Bassil K, Vanderlinden L, White-Barnett O, Minaker L, Mulligan K, Campbell M. A consensus of mid- to large-sized supermarkets in Toronto: A cross-sectional analysis of the consumer nutrition environment. Submitted to Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour (2017)
  • Macfarlane R, Wood L, Campbell M. Healthy Toronto by Design: Promoting a healthier built environment. Canadian Journal of Public Health (2015). Supplement 1:eS5-eS8.
  • Frank LD, Kershaw SE, Chapman JE, Campbell M, Swinkels H. The unmet demand for walkability: Disparities between preference and actual choices for residential environments in Toronto and Vancouver. Canadian Journal of Public Health (2015).Supplement 1:eS12-eS20
  • Kershaw S, Gower S, Rinner C and Campbell M. Identifying inequitable exposure to toxic air pollution in racialized and low-income neighbourhoods to support pollution prevention. Geospatial Health  (2013).
  • Cole D., Hau M., Vanderlinden L., Campbell M., Macfarlane R., Archbold J., Mee C. Applying precaution to environmental health issues at the local level: A proposed guide based on the research and experiences of Toronto Public Health. Environmental Health Review (January 25, 2012):11-18.
  • Cole DC, Vanderlinden L, Leah J, Whate R, Mee C, Bienefeld M, Wanigaratne S and M Campbell. Municipal bylaw to reduce cosmetic/non-essential pesticide use on household lawns – A policy implementation evaluation. Environmental Health (2011); 10:74.
  • Rinner C, Patychuk D, Bassil K, Nasr S, Gower S and M Campbell. The role of maps in neighborhood-level heat vulnerability assessment for the City of Toronto. Cartography and Geographic Information Science (2010); 37:31-44.
  • Cheng, CS, M Campbell, Q Li, H. Auld, N Day, D Pengelly, S Gingrich, J Klassen, D MacIver, N Comer, Y Mao, W Thompson and H Lin. Differential and combined impacts of extreme temperatures and air pollution on human mortality in south-central Canada. Part I: Historical Analysis. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health (2009); 182:131-148.
  • Cheng, CS, M Campbell, Q Li, H. Auld, N Day, D Pengelly, S Gingrich, J Klassen, D MacIver, N Comer, Y Mao, W Thompson and H Lin. Differential and combined impacts of extreme temperatures and air pollution on human mortality in south-central Canada. Part II: Future Estimates. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health (2009); 182:117-130.
  • Stieb, D, GJ Evans, K Sabaliauskas, L Chen, ME Campbell, AJ Wheeler, JR Brook and M Guay. A Scripted Activity Study of the Impact of Protective Advice on Personal Exposure to Ultra-fine and Fine Particulate Matter and Volatile Organic Compounds. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology (2007); 1-8.