Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research (CEHCR)

Clinical epidemiology prepares future clinician scientists to conduct patient-oriented research and translate this knowledge into clinical practice.

Clinical epidemiology student discussion

CEHCR is designed to train individuals with a health professional background to become independent investigators.

Clinical epidemiology, also known as ClinEpi, applies epidemiologic principles and methods to the delivery of healthcare, sometimes referred to as “the basic science of clinical medicine.” Clinical epidemiology covers a wide range of disciplines, emphasizing research on improving prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment in patients.

Students will learn the principles and methodologies of epidemiology to investigate gaps and barriers in patient care, test hypotheses, and translate their research into practice and health policy.

CEHCR has an international reputation for excellence in clinical, health services, knowledge translation, and decision sciences research. Graduates will join an extensive network of leaders in healthcare research, policy, and practice throughout Canada.

Program Highlights


Gain access to the program’s highly connected and integrated network, situated near the Faculty of Medicine, research institutes, and leading academic hospitals. 

Lead Research

Lead high-calibre research with the opportunity to publish in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. An ICES satellite is on campus, providing the opportunity for access to its extensive holdings of Ontario’s population health data.

Make Connections

Learn from internationally recognized faculty and make lasting connections in the field of clinical epidemiology and health service research.

Clinical Epidemiology Careers

  • Since 1992, the program has graduated more than 500 students from varied backgrounds, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, chiropractory, physiotherapy, and midwifery, among others.
  • CEHCR graduates typically continue to practice clinically while pursuing careers as independent clinical investigators.
  • Our graduates hail from across Canada, the US, Mexico, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research (CEHCR) Directors Past
and Present

CEHCR Directors are internationally recognized leaders that bring their expertise to the program and ensure graduates receive exceptional training in clinical, health services, knowledge translation, and decision sciences research.

Sindhu Johnson: 2023-Present (Associate Director 2020-2023)

Nick Daneman: 2023-Present Associate Director

Jill Tinmouth: 2020-2023 (Associate Director 2017-2020)

Rob Fowler: 2015-2020 (Associate Director 2014-2015)

Sharon Dell: 2012-2015 (Associate Director 2010-2012)

Ahmed Bayoumi: 2006-2012 (Associate Director 2005-2006)

Gillian Hawker: 2000-2006

Claire Bombardier: 1988-2000

People from Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research (CEHCR)

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May 30, 2023

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Research and Impact Day 2023: Event Recap

May 19, 2023

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Research and Impact Day 2023

March 22, 2023

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IHPME Celebrates International Women and Girls in Science Day

February 13, 2023


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IHPME Students Named 2022 Vanier Scholars

December 19, 2022


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New faculty spotlight: A Q&A with Dr. Zahra Shakeri

June 1, 2022


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PhD students awarded Canada Graduate Scholarships from CIHR

May 13, 2022

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Connect with Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research (CEHCR)

CEHCR Program Director

Sindhu Johnson
Phone Number: 416-603-6417
Email Address: sindhu.johnson@​

Oversees management of the CEHCR program.

CEHCR Associate Director

Nick Daneman
Email Address: nick.daneman@​

Co-leads the management of the Clinical Epidemiology and Healthcare Research (CEHCR) program.

Graduate Administrator

Zoe Downie-Ross
Phone Number: (416) 946-3486
Email Address: ihpme.grad.admin@​

Coordinates student records, graduate funding, and student-related awards.

Graduate Admissions

Christina Lopez
Email Address: ihpme.admissions@​

Manages admissions and responds to all related inquiries.

Graduate Assistant

Nadia Ismail
Phone Number: (416) 946-4100
Email Address: ihpme.grad.assist@​

Coordinates various graduate initiatives including defences, student events, and graduation.

Program Assistant – CEHCR

Aileen O’Dowd
Email Address:​

Manages the CEHCR courses including course enrolment, grades, and access to Quercus. For admissions inquiries contact

Graduate Placements

Christina Lopez
Phone Number: (416) 978-1108
Email Address: ihpme.placements@​

Coordinates details involving student placement and experiential learning