Collaborative Program in Global Health

The Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health (CPGH) at the University of Toronto is sponsored by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) in the Faculty of Medicine, and includes PhD students from divisions in DLSPH and the Faculties of Medicine (Health Policy Management and Evaluation and Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science), Nursing, Pharmacy, Law, and Arts and Science (Departments of Anthropology and Political Science). Five centres (Centre for International Health, Centre for Global Health Research, Joint Centre for Bioethics, Munk Centre for International Studies and Centre for Health Services Sciences) are supporting units of the collaborative program.

The CPGH integrates methods and insights from the scholarly arenas of the participating partners. It provides a vibrant intellectual community for doctoral students and research faculty to interact and learn from one another. Students are encouraged to think critically about dominant paradigms and to integrate academic research skills in an applied community or policy setting. Graduates of the program will have the skills to work effectively with trans-disciplinary, international teams.

The Collaborative Program views ‘global health’ in an integrative manner. It focuses on the relationships among local, regional, national, and international forces and factors that influence health and on the development of effective interventions and policies that will address or shape these.

Program Objectives:

  • To enable students to develop an understanding of global health in terms of the interaction of global, national, regional, and local forces, processes, and conditions;
  • To ground training in disciplinary perspectives and engage in transdisciplinary efforts through concrete collaborative global health research projects;
  • 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 policymaking 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.


For more information on the Collaborative Program in Global Health, please contact:

Jillian Clare Köhler

Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

University of Toronto

144 College Street

Toronto, ON

M5S 3M2