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Faculty Member

Brendan T. Smith PhD

Email Address(es)
brendan.smith(at), brendant.smith(at)
Office Phone
647 260-7446
Office Address
480 University Avenue, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2
Epidemiology Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Status Only
Currently Accepting Doctoral Students?

Research Interests

  • Social epidemiology
  • Population health intervention research
  • Health equity
  • Diabetes and cardiovascular diseases
  • Public health systems/funding

Other Affiliations

  • Scientist, Public Health Ontario

Education & Training History

  • PhD Epidemiology – University of Toronto
  • MSc Epidemiology – McGill University
  • BSc Kinesiology – University of Waterloo

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • CHL 5424: Advanced Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology
  • Supervision of graduate students

Current Research Projects (PI or co-PI)

  • Public Health Divestments and Inequities in COVID-19 Outcomes: The Mitigating Role of Public Health. (CIHR Funded: 2022-2023)
  • Investigating the potential mitigating role of public health on adolescent health in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CIHR Funded: 2022-2023)
  • Estimating the impact of alcohol deregulation in Ontario on future burden of alcohol consumption and harms for the overall population and across age, sex and socioeconomic position. (CIHR Funded: 2021-2024)

  • Public health in a time of austerity: measuring the divestments in Ontario’s public health system and evaluating their impacts on population health and health inequities. (CIHR Funded: 2020-2022)

  • Cardiovascular disease attributable to nutrition-related causes: Estimating future burden and evaluating nutrition policy options for maximizing population health benefit in Canada. (CIHR Funded: 2018-2022)

Representative Publications

  • Warren C, Hobin E, Manuel DG, Anderson LN, Hammond D, Mahsa M, Arcand J, L’Abbé M, Li Y, Rosella LC, Manson H, Smith BT. Socioeconomic position and consumption of sugary drinks, sugar-sweetened beverages and 100% juice among Canadians: a cross-sectional analysis of the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey-Nutrition. Canadian Journal of Public Health. Accepted.

  • Buchan SA, Smith PM, Warren C, Murti M, Mustard C, Kim J, Menon S, Brown KA, van Ingen T, Smith BT. Incidence of outbreak-associated COVID-19 cases by industry in Ontario, Canada, April 1, 2020- March 31, 2021. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Accepted.

Full list of publications available here.