Our Divisions

Our Department is organized into three unique Divisions—each with its own areas of focus, research and faculty members—that explore and help fundamentally address a wide range of important community health issues. These divisions also help organize the seven specialization streams that graduate students can choose to pursue: Biostatistics, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Epidemiology, Health Economics, Health Services Research, Medical Education and Population and Public Health. To learn more about our graduate programs and specializations, click here.

Through a collaborative approach that spans all of our Divisions, and by bringing together faculty members and researchers from each, we encourage discovery in everything we do—from research to educational programs and opportunities for student involvement.

View our Divisions and Specializations Organizational Structure

Foundations

Foundations

Through our Foundations Division, we pave the way for the next generation of dedicated and informed community health researchers by empowering them with the key skills, knowledge and methods they’ll need to conduct research thoroughly and effectively.

Systems

Systems

Systems are vital to both the form and function of the health-care system, and they have an impact at each of the individual, community and population levels. By carefully exploring the nature of these systems and how they function, students in this area will be ready and able to make a meaningful difference in the ways those systems operate in the real world.

Populations

Populations

This Division looks at health through a systems lens that incorporates social, biological and behavioural considerations to address the fundamental drivers of population health and to influence societal change. By focusing on real-world research, students in this Division are able to generate knowledge that positively impacts both communities and health policies.

“At CHS, we blend cutting-edge research and education to try and answer some of the most pressing health questions in our communities and populations.”

Specializations

CHS graduate students can select from one of seven specializations based on their area of interest. This allows students to tailor their degree based on their specific professional development and future education goals.


Biostatistics and Health Data Sciences

Biostatistics and Health Data Science brings together health data and statistics to help identify patterns that can translate data insights into vital medical knowledge. 

The analytical and computational skills of our biostatistical students are highly valued, and a wide range of career opportunities are available to graduates from our program—whether it’s work at a university, research hospital, pharmaceutical company, new startup or government agency.

This specialization is organized under the Foundations division.
 

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Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies (CRDS)

CRDS looks at public health through a social justice framework, exploring how communities are impacted by disability, chronic illness and other factors affecting quality of life. Through an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on community capacity building, leadership development and innovation—all aimed at improving the well-being of those with diverse abilities—students in this area help promote social change and health equity in communities both in Canada and abroad.

This specialization is organized under the Populations division.

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Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the study and exploration of patterns relating to particular diseases and health factors. By recognizing that most community health issues don’t occur randomly, and seeking to discover the patterns and drivers behind them, we can better grasp how we might prevent and control them in the future. 

The work of epidemiologists is essential to understanding the environmental, personal and social factors that broadly impact community health. Many of our students in this area go on to become leaders in the community health and research sectors.

This specialization is organized under the Foundations division.

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Health Economics

Health-care delivery and the financial resources governing it are inextricably linked. Health Economics explores and evaluates the nature of that relationship in its myriad details to, ultimately, help maximize how community health resources are used.

Health Economics looks to build a framework through which we can make informed, evidence-based decisions about the kinds of community health policies, interventions and alternatives that will have the greatest impact in relation to the resources allocated to them.

This specialization is organized under the Systems division.

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Health Services Research

Given the complexity of health-care systems, and the challenges they pose, our Health Services area includes an incredibly diverse range of research. Whether it’s health-care financing, policy, economics or administration, students seek to understand the underlying factors that impact who does and doesn’t have access to health-care services. 

The goal of this area is to better understand health services delivery within populations—and apply that knowledge more broadly to improve health-care access across the globe.

This specialization is organized under the Systems division.

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Medical Education

Medical Education prepares health-care providers for professional careers by helping them translate their specialized medical knowledge to an educational setting. Research into the educational settings of professional health programs generates new questions regarding how best to understand the learning, curricular, and contextual spaces – ultimately ensuring better patient outcomes. 

Our graduates work as program directors, program administrators, health educators and health education researchers to address topics relevant to health professions education.

This specialization is organized under the Foundations division.

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Population and Public Health

Population and Public health studies the determinants of population health, including social, biological, and behavioural factors. 

Students in this specialization explore the many complex interactions that affect the health of populations, and the wide implications these interactions have. Through a focus on innovative research aimed at addressing some of today’s most important public health challenges, we hope to synthesize knowledge that can help refine the ways in which our public health systems impact our communities.

This specialization is organized under the Populations division.

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Research areas within our divisions explore a rich and diverse range of public health issues.

We offer academic programs at the undergraduate,
graduate and post-graduate levels in a variety of specializations.