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The Collaborative Specialization in Global Health (CSGH), University of Toronto Global Scholar – is designed to deepen the knowledge base of doctoral and masters students about multidisciplinary approaches to global health issues and challenges; to provide career training related to global health research and practice; and to help students develop research and practical skills. The CSGH views ‘global health’ in an integrative manner, focusing on the relationship among local, regional, national, and international forces that influence health and equity, as well as on the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions and policies.

The CSGH integrates methods and insights from Departments and Faculties across U of T. Students are encouraged to think critically about global health paradigms and to integrate academic research skills in an applied setting. Graduates of the program will be exposed to global health approaches from a variety of disciplines including public health, engineering, anthropology, rehabilitation sciences, business, nursing, and law.

Collaborative Specialization in Global Health Objectives

  • To enable students to develop an understanding of global health as it relates to the interaction of global, national, regional, and local forces, processes, and conditions;
  • To ground training in disciplinary perspectives and engage in multidisciplinary research enterprises;
  • To approach global health research, policy, and practice with a focus on achieving equity in health for all people;
  • To offer mentorship opportunities by committed and experienced faculty with a diversity of theoretical, operational and methodological perspectives on global health; and,
  • To grapple with complex health-related policy making by the range of international, national, and local actors in a wide range of sectors that shape policies and carry out activities that affect health.

Learn more about our recent graduates and their accomplishments

***Applications deadline for the CSGH program starting in September 2021 has now passed. Applications for September 2022 will be available in April 2022.***

For more information about each program stream and applications please visit:

CSGH Doctoral Students     CSGH Master’s Students

Global Health Courses

Here is a list of some global health related courses, there may be other courses not included on this list that could be considered global health. Some courses may also vary on their availability year to year, please consult the academic calendar and the home department for additional information.

CHL5700H: Global Health

CHL5701H: Doctoral Seminar, Collaborative Specialization in Global Health

CHL5420H: Global Health Research

CHL5632H: Implementation Science in Global Health

CHL5702H: History of International Health

CHL5704H: International Human Rights Law and Global Health: The Right to Health in Theory and Practice

JCR1000Y: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Challenges

NUR1038H: Social Determinants of Health in a Global Context: Theories and Methods

NUR1083H: Comparative Politics of Health and Health Policy in a Globalizing World

CHL5420H: Global Health Research Methods

CHL5117H: A Global Perspective on the Health of Women and Children

CHL5706H: Women and Women’s Health in Countries of Conflict

CHL5113H: Global Migration and Health

CHL7001H: Planetary/Global Health Ethics

CHL7001H F3: Planetary Health

CHL7001H S1: Urban Epidemics: Pandemics/Pandemonium, Past and Present

PHM1139H: Diagnosing Corruption in the Health Sector

HAD2005: Practical Skills in Quality Improvement for Health Care Leaders in Low Resource Settings

HAD5754H: Global Quality of Care

HAD5749H: Knowledge to Action: Disseminating & Implementing Evidence into Practice

HAD7001H-F: Health Economics in Low and Middle Income Countries

HAD7001H-S3: Health Economics in Developing Countries

CIV1399H: Special Studies in Civil Engineering – Changing Human Habits with sensors and Design

The CSGH program is comprised of faculty program representatives from collaborating units as well as current CSGH student representatives who contribute to the overall student experience by advising, supporting recruitment and outreach, planning professional development and community building activities.

CSGH Program Representatives

CSGH Student Representatives

Student representatives are critical to ensuring that the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health (CSGH) brings student perspectives and voice to bear on program oversight, communication, curriculum and other activities. The CSGH has student representatives at both the PhD and Masters levels. Only students enrolled in the CSGH are eligible.

Responsibilities include:

● Creating processes for capturing feedback from CSGH Masters students about their ideas, suggestions and areas for improvement for the specialization

● Liaising with the CSGH Director and CSGH Masters’ Lead as well as other members of the Office of Global Public Health Education & Training

● Attending up to two CSGH program committee meetings per year (once each semester)

● Coordinating student involvement in the planning of relevant global health events


Rushay Naik

MSc Health Services (IHPME)

CSGH Masters Program Rep

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Alyssa Kelly

PhD Health Services Research, IHPME

CSGH PhD Program Rep