From Race to Racism as a Determinant of Health

DLSPH Student Falan Bennett is Working to De-Pathologize Black Health Falan Bennett’s journey into public health wasn’t straightforward. She came to it through undergraduate studies in molecular biology and social psychology – and in seeing what was missing in the space between the natural and social sciences. “Learning about the...

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From Theory to Practice: Origins of the University of Toronto Journal of Public Health

by Daniel A. Harris, Rebecca A.G. Christensen and Jean-Paul R. Soucy The University of Toronto Journal of Public Health (UTJPH) reflects a grassroots, student-led initiative that grew out of a simple question: “How can we support the next generation of public health leaders?” This question was raised at a division-specific...

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DLSPH launches a pan-​Canadian study to understand the financing, organization, and performance of provincial and territorial public health systems

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the critical role of public health, revealing variations across the country in the preparedness and effectiveness of provincial and territorial (PT) public health systems. Yet, surprisingly little is known about how public health is financed, governed, and organized, and the composition of...

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Your questions answered: the path to an effective COVID-​19 vaccine

On May 26, 2020, IHPME hosted a COVID-19 webinar — the twelfth in the DLSPH COVID-19 webinar series — exploring the path to an effective COVID-19 vaccine. It featured leaders from research, policy and private industry describing the pharmaceutical trajectory of new antiviral products (including the COVID-19 vaccine), from development...

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U of T Offers Groundbreaking Training in Diplomacy for Public Health Professionals

Erica Di Ruggiero

The race to create effective COVID-19 prevention and treatments illustrates the need for broader skills Diplomacy is both art and science – and public health professionals increasingly need to understand each of its intricate disciplines in order to create positive change in the world. That’s the guiding principle behind...

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U of T students develop informatics platform to aid COVID-​19 decision making

Rapid Evidence Access Link (REAL) is an COVID-19 evidence pipeline for government and health sector leaders By: Nicole Bodnar An interdisciplinary team of health systems students and professionals built a digital platform that rapidly provides reliable COVID-19 information to health sector leaders and decision-makers across Ontario. Rapid Evidence Access Link...

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Your questions answered: economic implications of the COVID-​19 pandemic

On April 30, 2020, IHPME hosted its first COVID-19 webinar — the sixth in the DLSPH COVID-19 webinar series — exploring the economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. It featured four health economists discussing how integrated economic and epidemiological modelling could support policy decisions and provided insights into how Canada...

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It’s OK: We’re Not Working From Home, We Are At Home During a Pandemic

By Denny Choi (1st year MPH), Sarah Richter (1st year MPH), Sterling Stutz (1st year MPH), Anindita Marwah (2nd year MPH) "There is nothing I can do anymore. I can’t go out. I can’t go see people. I don’t even know when this will all end. I feel powerless and...

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DLSPH appoints Olli Saarela as PHS Graduate Coordinator

Olli Saarela was appointed Graduate Coordinator of the Master’s and PhD programs in the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health on May 1, 2020. Saarela is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics whose areas of interest include Bayesian inference, causal inference, epidemiological...

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System Leadership and Innovation students demonstrate leadership in COVID-​19 Response

It’s no coincidence that many of the U of T students leading the COVID-19 response are part of IHPME’s System Leadership and Innovation (SLI) Program. From curating resources and data to supporting health professionals and community members, several SLI students are emerging as future physician-leaders through system innovation and transformation....

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