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Faculty Member

Erica Di Ruggiero BSc., MHSc., PhD, RD

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
Office Address
Health Sciences Building 155 College Street, Room 408 Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
Centre for Global Health
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Associate Professor
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Tenure Stream
Admin Position
Director, Centre for Global Health
Admin Faculty Appointment
Social & Behavioural Health Science

Research Interests

  • Study of population health interventions (policies, programs), their health and health equity impacts:
    • Relationship between context and population health interventions
    • Social and economic policies influencing decent work at the global level
  • Global agenda setting in policy
  • Population health intervention and implementation research/science
  • Qualitative research and mixed methods research; discourse analysis
  • Knowledge utilization and exchange strategies to influence public health decision-making at national and global levels

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

    • Lead Instructor, Collaborative Doctoral Specialization in Global Health Seminar, CHL5701
    • Lead Instructor, Population Health Intervention Research, CHL5132H
    • Co-Instructor, An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Challenges, JCR1000Y

Professional Summary & Appointments

I am the Director of the Centre for Global Health and Director of the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health. I am an Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences and hold a non-budgetary cross-appointment as Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation. I am a Full Member of the School of Graduate Studies.

Honours & Awards

  • Commendation for Dr. Erica Di Ruggiero from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR’s) Science Council for “outstanding accomplishments, contributions and leadership throughout her 15 years with the CIHR and specifically its Institute of Population and Public Health” (2016)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Instant Award for Professional Excellence
  • Canadian Public Health Association, Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions
  • CIHR-Institute of Population and Public Health Advisory Board Award for Excellence
  • CIHR President Award for Team Excellence and Professional Excellence
  • Canadian Cancer Society Award for Excellence in Medicine and Health
  • Society of Chemical Industry Merit Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, University of Toronto, Nutritional Sciences
  • Daniel Wilson Scholarship in Science, University of Toronto, Nutritional Sciences

Current Research Projects

My program of research examines how evidence affects global policy agendas related to employment, other determinants and health equity in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. My work addresses governance-related questions about the roles of public/private partnerships and global institutions in the promotion of health, health equity and the prevention of non-communicable disease and related risk factors (e.g. nutrition). I also study population health interventions (policies, programs), using novel conceptual and methodological tools to conduct international comparative policy research on global social and health inequities.

Representative Publications

  • Di Ruggiero, E., Edwards, N. (2018). The Interplay between Participatory Health Research and Implementation Research: Canadian Research Funding Perspectives. BioMed Research International. DOI: 10.1155/2018/1519402
  • Di Ruggiero, E.,  Mwatsama, M., Leung, Z., Hallen, G. (2018).  Sustainable partnerships for NCD prevention: implications for public health International Journal of Public Health 63(4–5).
  • Craig, P, Di Ruggiero, E., Frohlich, K., Mykhalovskiy, E., & White, M. on behalf of the CIHR-NIHR context guidance authors group (2018):
  • Di Ruggiero, E., Viehbeck, S., Mwatsama, M., Brown, A., Graff, H. Landon J.(2017). Public-Private Relationships and Governance in Public Health Research and Policy. Oxford Bibliographies in Public Health.
  • Di Ruggiero, E., Potvin, L. (on behalf of multiple journal editors). (2017). Ottawa Statement from the Sparking Solutions Summit on Population Health Intervention Research. Can J of Public Health. doi:
  • Shoveller, JA, Viehbeck, S, Di Ruggiero, E, Greyson, D, Thomson, K, Knight R. Context Matters: A scoping review of population health intervention research (2016). Critical Public Health. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2015.1117577.
  • Di Ruggiero, E. Cohen, J. Cole, D. & Forman, L. (2015). Competing conceptualizations of decent work at the intersection of health, social and economic discourses. Social Science and Medicine. 133:120-127. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.03.026.
  • Di Ruggiero, E. Cohen, J. Cole, D. & Forman, L. (2015). Public health agenda setting in a global context: the case of the ILO Decent Work Agenda. American Journal of Public Health. April 2015, Vol. 105, No. 4, pp. e58-e61. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302455.
  • Di Ruggiero, E, Cohen, J, Cole, D. (2014). The politics of agenda setting at the global level: key informant interviews regarding the International Labour Organization Decent Work Agenda. Globalization and Health. 10:56; doi:10. 1186/1744-8603-10-56.
  • Boutilier, Z., Daibes, I., & Di Ruggiero, E. (Editors). (2011). Global health research case studies: lessons from partnerships addressing health inequities. BMC Int Health Hum Rights. 11(Suppl 2): S2.
  • Edwards, N., & Di Ruggiero, E. (2011). Exploring which context matters in the study of health inequities and their mitigation. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 39(SUPPL. 6), 43-49.
  • Di Ruggiero, E., Zarowsky, C., Frank, J., Mhatre, S., Aslanyan, G., Perry, A., et al. (2006). Coordinating Canada’s research response to global health challenges: The Global Health Research Initiative. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 97(1), 29-31.
  • Etches, V., Frank, J., Di Ruggiero, E., & Manuel, D. (2006). Measuring population health: A review of indicators. Annual Review of Public Health, 27, 29-55.
  • Frank, J., Di Ruggiero, E. D., McInnes, R. R., Kramer, M., & Gagnon, F. (2006). Large life-course cohorts for characterizing genetic and environmental contributions: The need for more thoughtful designs. Epidemiology, 17(6), 595-598.
  • Frank JW, Di Ruggiero E.  (2003) Public health in Canada: What are the real issues?  Canadian Journal of Public Health; 94(3):190-192.
  • Frank JW, Di Ruggiero E. (2003) Prevention: delivering the goods. (Invited article) in Longwoods Review; 2:2-8.