Our Faculty

A diverse body of faculty supervise Health Policy students. They may do so as primary supervisors, co-supervisors or as committee members.

Listed below are faculty with a particular interest in supervising Health Policy students at IHPME.

We welcome faculty with a specialization in Health Policy to become affiliated with the Health Policy emphasis. Connect with the Faculty Lead for Health Policy: Fiona Miller.

Sara Allin

Sara Allin

Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Director of Operations, North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Areas of research interest

  • I am interested in comparing health systems and policies across provinces in Canada, and across countries, including aspects of coverage (e.g., what is in and out of statutory systems of coverage), financing (e.g., the mix of public-private finance), and delivery (e.g., approaches to reforming primary care).
  • I am also interested in health system performance, including its measurement and comparison across jurisdictions, with attention paid to equity and social determinants of health.
  • I have training in health economics and quantitative methods, but increasingly work on projects that draw on other approaches such as document review and interviews to describe, evaluate and compare policies and programs.

Supervision

  • I supervise MSc and PhD students in Health Policy and in Outcomes and Evaluation at IHPME
  • I am most interested to serve as primary or co-supervisor for students with interests in the comparison and/or evaluation of aspects of health systems and/or policies

Find out more

https://ihpme.utoronto.ca/faculty/sara-allin/
https://ihpme.utoronto.ca/research/research-centres-initiatives/nao/about/

Erica Di Ruggiero

Erica Di Ruggiero

Associate Professor, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Director, Office of Global Public Health

Areas of research interest

  • I am interested in the study of population health interventions (policies, programs), their health and health equity impacts
  • I am interested in understanding global policy processes, in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • I apply conceptual and methodological tools to conduct international comparative policy research on global social and health inequities

I am interested in the novel application of methods and theories underpinning the conduct of implementation research

Supervision

  • I primarily supervise PhD students with interests in global health in the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, but am willing to supervise IHPME students with relevant expertise
  • I am most interested to serve as primary or co-supervisor for students

Find out more

http://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/faculty-profile/diruggiero-erica/
http://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/global-health/office-of-global-public-health-education-training/

Raisa Deber

Raisa Deber

Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

Areas of research interest

  • I work with colleagues across multiple disciplines. Recent projects, conducted with colleagues and students, include: implications of the distribution of health expenditures and public/private roles for financing and delivery of health services (including primary care); examination of where nurses and other health professionals work and the factors associated with differential “stickiness” across sub-sectors; issues associated with the movement of care from hospitals to home and community; approaches to accountability; and factors affecting patient engagement.

Supervision

  • I supervise and co-supervise MSc and PhD students in Health Policy, Economics, and Outcomes and Evaluation.

Find out more

https://ihpme.utoronto.ca/faculty/raisa-deber/

Lisa Forman

Lisa Forman

Canada Research Chair in Human Rights and Global Health Equity
Associate Professor, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Areas of research interest

  • I research international human rights law related to global health, focusing on what the human right to health may offer to advancing health equity, including by advancing access to affordable health care and improving the social determinants of health.
  • My research has explored health and human rights generally; global health equity, policy and governance; access to medicines and trade agreements; universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals; right to health litigation and other rights-based strategies; and South African constitutional law on health.

Supervision

  • I supervise MPH, MSC and PhD students working in the area of global health, human rights and health equity.
  • I am interested in taking on new students as primary or co-supervisor or as committee member.

Find out more

http://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/faculty-profile/forman-lisa/
http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/chairholders-titulaires/profile-eng.aspx?profileId=3329

Greg Marchildon

Greg Marchildon

Professor and Ontario Research Chair in Health Policy and System Design, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Director, North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Areas of research interest

  • Comparative design of universal health coverage systems
  • Health system typologies
  • History of Canadian Medicare
  • Federalism and health system decentralization

Supervision

  • I am currently supervising a number of students engaged mainly in comparative health systems and policy research in Health Policy at IHPME
  • I may be willing to consider supervising research on the history of Canadian Medicare

Find out more

https://ihpme.utoronto.ca/faculty/gregory-marchildon/
https://ihpme.utoronto.ca/research/research-centres-initiatives/nao/about/

Fiona Miller

Fiona Miller

Professor & Chair in Health Management Strategies, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Director, Centre for Sustainable Health Systems

Areas of research interest

  • Health technology policy; health innovation policy studies
  • Sustainable health systems – accountable for environmental, social and economic performance

Supervision

  • I supervise MSc and PhD students in Health Policy at IHPME
  • I am most interested to serve as primary supervisor for students with interests in health system sustainability or health innovation and technology policy
  • I co-supervise and serve on committees for students with a wide range of interests, leveraging concepts and theories from policy studies to support students in their research

Find out more

https://ihpme.utoronto.ca/faculty/fiona-a-miller/

Robert Schwartz

Robert Schwartz

Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, cross-appointed to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Areas of research interest

  • Public health policy and healthy public policy including: the role of evidence, experts, interests and politics
  • Accountability policy for health and public health
  • Strategy design and evaluation
  • Substance policy and strategy, particularly: tobacco, vaping, cannabis, alcohol, opioids

Supervision

  • I supervise PhD and MSc students in Health Policy at IHPME and in the Social and Behavioural Health Science Division at DLSPH, on a wide range of public health policy topics
  • I am interested in being primary supervisor of students in all of my areas of interest.

Find out more

https://ihpme.utoronto.ca/faculty/robert-schwartz/
http://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/faculty-profile/schwartz-robert-mitchell/

Arjumand Siddiqi

Arjumand Siddiqi

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Areas of research interest

  • I am interested in how and why health inequities occur, such as those based on race and socioeconomic status, why they vary (or don’t) across time and place, and what this tells us about how they can be resolved.
  • I principally focus on the role of social policies and other economic, social, and political conditions of societies in mitigating or exacerbating health inequities.
  • My research mainly involves the OECD nations, but I am also open to questions in low- and middle-income country contexts.
  • I apply statistical models to administrative and survey data to answer my research questions.

Supervision

  • I supervise PhD students in Public Health Sciences in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and am willing to supervise students in IHPME who have relevant interests and expertise.
  • I am most interested to serve as primary or co-supervisor for students with interests in understanding the ‘root’ causes of health inequities, and the related roles of social policies and societal conditions.

Find out more

http://www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/faculty-profile/siddiqi-arjumand/