Global health promotes equity in health and addresses current and future global health issues in innovative and multidisciplinary ways. The doctoral program in Global Health at McMaster University focuses on the ideas, concepts, and topics that are evolving in the field, with an aim to propel innovative research and solutions to emerging challenges.
Building on the award-winning Master of Science in Global Health (2016 CBIE Panorama Award recipient for Outstanding International Education Program), the doctoral program encourages independent and original thought, and the application of rigorous methods to the creation of new scholarly research. Students have the option to complete a cotutelle, which enables them to work towards a PhD that is jointly awarded by both McMaster University and Maastricht University, our partner institution in The Netherlands.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted from November 14, 2022 to February 15, 2023.
This program seeks candidates who show high scholarly promise, and who have a strong graduate background in global health or a related interdisciplinary field. Students applying to the PhD program in Global Health require a minimum B+ average.
Program applicants are generally required to have a thesis-based masters’ degree. Applicants with course-based masters’ will be reviewed by the admissions committee with particular consideration of additional professional or research experience. Successful applicants must also meet all School of Graduate Studies admissions requirements. For further details of admissions requirements for PhD degree and for a cotutelle PhD degree, please refer to Section 2.1.2 and Section 2.1.5 of the Graduate Calendar.
Only under exceptional circumstances will the program consider for admission any student who has taken two prior degrees from McMaster University. Acceptance into our program requires both meeting the academic eligibility requirements and research supervisor matching by the applicant.
Please note: International applicants are responsible for arranging their own study permits within the appropriate timelines. The program is not involved in this process and applicants must ensure they have left enough time to obtain all required documentation for entry.
Applications will be accepted from November 14, 2022 to February 15, 2023.
Global Health Doctoral applications submitted by February 15, 2023 will be given priority review by the Admission Committee. The application portal for international applicants will close at 11:59 PM EST on February 15, 2023. Domestic applications submitted after this deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis until admission places are filled.
Applications are made online via the McMaster University Application site. Applicants are required to upload the information below as PDFs to the online application form.
Please provide details of all post-secondary study you have undertaken, including current studies, even if a degree has not been awarded.
Begin with the most recent (or current) institution attended and continue in reverse chronological order. You will be required to provide a copy of the transcript for each institution (including exchange or continuing education, etc) for your application to be assessed.
- Please do not include your high school academic history.
- Unofficial transcripts should include your full name and the name of the issuing institution.
- If you attended an institution outside of Canada, an unofficial electronic transcript is sufficient for the application stage.
- If a transcript is not in English, you are responsible for providing an official translated version. In this case, both the original untranslated transcript and the official translation are required. The only exception to this requirement is where the official translation is done by the institution (university) issuing the transcript.
- WES documents are not required or other standardized testing such as GMAT, GRE, MCAT, etc. for the Doctoral application process.
Electronic documents are required for the online application process and unofficial transcripts are acceptable (e.g. photos, scans etc). Official transcripts will be required from the issuing institution if an offer of admission is accepted.
Illegible documents can cause an applicant’s file to be dismissed before review, so please check your files before submitting your application.
Mailing address for official documents if an offer of admission is made:
Global Health Office, Faculty of Health Sciences
Attn: PhD in Global Health Program
1280 Main Street West, MDCL 3500
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4K1
Applicants are asked to submit a Statement of Research Interest as a PDF to the Upload Materials page in the online application. The personal statement is your opportunity to provide us with insight into your motivation and interest in pursuing doctoral studies in Global Health.
The Statement of Interest should (1000 words maximum):
- Describe your global-health-related experiences including coursework and independent research completed at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels, as well as professional and volunteer experiences. Explain how these experiences have influenced your interest in global health and your proposed area of research.
- Discuss your proposed area of research and dissertation plans.
- Describe any educational and/or professional experience that indicates your capacity to undertake research-oriented doctoral studies in your proposed research area.
- Indicate a proposed supervisor and describe the alignment between your research interests and the proposed supervisor’s expertise. A list of supervisors associated with the Global Health Program can be found on the program webpage. In exceptional circumstances, the program will consider proposed supervisors not currently associated with the Global Health Program.
Please include a full academic CV uploaded as a PDF to the Upload Materials page in the application.
A crucial step to successful completion of graduate studies is choosing a supervisor. While we assume that many applicants will already have an idea of what they want to study and/or which faculty member they want to work with, we know that many applicants have not made this decision at the time of application. We encourage candidates to contact prospective faculty members to inquire about accepting new students, the mutual suitability of research interests, and approach to doctoral supervision.
You are required to identify at least one and up to three potential supervisors on the online application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to correspond with potential supervisors well in advance of the application. Letters from faculty member(s) indicating willingness to supervise, interactions to date and appropriateness of match given the applicant’s intended research interests, are encouraged. Letters of support from potential supervisors can be uploaded as an optional addition material to the Upload Materials page on the online application. A letter of support from a potential supervisor does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
It is important to determine mutual interest of a potential supervisor and establish their availability to provide this support for the duration of your time of planned study. A list of supervisors associated with the Global Health Program can be found on the program webpage. In exceptional circumstances, the program will consider proposed supervisors not currently associated with the Global Health Program.
You will need to submit two confidential academic references and will be required to indicate an email address for each referee.
Your referees will receive an email message asking them to complete an eReference immediately after the ‘Send to Recommender’ button is clicked. You may wish to click on this button just before you submit the application.
Referees have two weeks after the application deadline to submit their references.
If you need to change your reference or referee email address after submitting your application, you may do so through the Application Status Portal.
- References should come from professors or faculty members who have supervised you as part of a course. Examples include: an instructor, a thesis supervisor, or supervisor for a major research paper. A professor with whom you worked on research as employment would be considered a professional reference.
- We encourage you to submit the application early to allow referees sufficient time to complete the electronic forms, which will be sent via email directly to the referee’s email address you have provided.
- Referees also have the option to upload additional documentation (i.e. PDF reference letter) to supplement the e-reference form.
If you have been out of an academic setting for five years or more (as of September 2022), you are permitted to submit one academic and one professional reference (in lieu of the two academic references typically required).
Applicants must submit an academic writing sample in English of up to 25 pages uploaded as a PDF to the Upload Materials page in the application. Preferably this will be a publication in which the applicant was the sole or lead author. A writing sample from course work is acceptable. No particular format is required.
Applicants whose first language is not English or whose previous degree was completed in a language other than English, will be required to upload a language proficiency test result as a PDF to the ELP page in the application.
Language requirements as outlined by the School of Graduate Studies can be found here.
Finalize your application
Applicants must submit the completed application online with the (non-refundable) application fee of $110 CAD.
The PhD in Global Health is a multi-faculty, transdisciplinary program, with the faculty of Health Sciences as the lead faculty. Requirements for doctoral students are outlined below.
Students are expected to conduct original and innovative research as part of a thesis that expands upon existing knowledge and meets the rigorous criteria for peer-reviewed scholarship.
Students are required to complete four courses for a total of 12.0 Units. The following research methods courses – or equivalent advanced research methods course(s) if those below have already been completed – are required:
1. GLOBHTH 713 Research Methods: A Global Health Perspective (3.0 Units), or equivalent level advanced research methods course in the event the course was previously completed.
2. BUSINESS C755 Analytics and Decision Making in Healthcare (3.0 Units)
For students who have taken these courses as part of the MSc in Global Health: The supervisory committee, in consultation with the program, will determine acceptable alternative courses in advanced research methods.
Students are also expected to design and complete two independent study courses on separate topics based on consultation with their supervisory committee:
3. GLOBHTH 715 Independent Study Course I (3.0 Units)
4. GLOBHTH 716 Independent Study Course II (3.0 Units)
Based on consultation with their supervisory committee, students may elect, or may be required, to take additional courses beyond the four required. Please see the Global Health Program PhD Handbook for a list of pre-approved electives. In addition to coursework, all students will be required to participate in a research and professional development seminar.
The comprehensive evaluation consists of an oral defense of a comprehensive examination portfolio. The elements of the portfolio must include but is not limited to:
1. A literature review comprised of an independent study reviewing a body of published literature and critically summarizing the findings.
2. A review of completed courses describing their contribution to developing the student’s interdisciplinary skills and knowledge related to current issues in global health and the thesis research.
3. A description of relevant publications authored by the student during the course and their contribution to the thesis research
4. The dissertation proposal.
The comprehensive evaluation will require students to integrate the major theoretical writings and pertinent substantive research with their selected research focus. Students will demonstrate an in-depth and broad understanding of the current scholarly literature and methodological approaches in their relevant field of study in global health. The evaluation will be assessed by the supervisory committee on a pass/fail basis.
All students will produce an original piece of empirical research, situated in relevant scholarly literature, which will become the reference point for conceptualizing and justifying a central research question and interpreting the significance of the principal findings. The thesis must be defended in a PhD Final Oral Examination as outlined in the School of Graduate Studies regulations for the Doctoral Degree.
Prior to the program start date, students should have an idea for a research topic that aligns with existing faculty for supervision. This information should be submitted as part of the online application and in the Statement of Interest. The principal supervisor will be a full-time faculty member who has approved privileges for supervising doctoral students in this transdisciplinary program. The composition of the supervisory committee will be made during the course of the first year of studies.
For further details regarding supervision and supervisory committee, please refer to Section 1.2.4 and Section 3.1 of the Graduate Calendar.
Please refer to the GH_PhD_Program Handbook for additional policies and regulations on course selection and delivery, course and program evaluations, absences, academic integrity and performance reviews.
Tuition & Scholarships
Enrolment Fees and Expenses
Enrolment fees are subject to change from year to year. See fees below and refer to the current program fees for Graduate Programs – PhD
|Canadian/Permanent Residence Status||$2,102.40 per term|
|International Status||$2,102.40 per term|
McMaster University awards a number of competitive entrance scholarships. Global Health doctoral students (Canadian and International) receive guaranteed financial support for their PhD studies. Currently, the standard level offered is $21,000 per year for a total of four years.
Support for graduate students frequently includes stipends from the supervisors’ current research grants. This possibility should be discussed with prospective supervisors. Other sources of support include teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and internal or external scholarships. We strongly encourage applicants to apply for external funding, where eligible.
Information about major scholarships and awards can be found at the following websites and through the School of Graduate Studies scholarships website:
- Harvey E. Longboat Graduate Scholarship for First Nations, Inuit and Metis Students
- Government of Canada Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool: Scholarship Opportunities for Indigenous Students
- Wilson Leadership Scholar Award
- Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-D)
International students can refer to the Future International Students website and the School of Graduate Studies scholarship and international webpages for more information.
To learn more about what aids and awards like OSAP or other governmental aids, visit the Office of the Registrar website.
Additional information on awards, forms, and templates available to McMaster University students can be found at:
Approved Faculty for Ph.D. Global Health Supervision & Committee Membership
The following is a list of McMaster faculty who have been approved by the Faculty of Health Science Graduate Studies to supervise and/or sit on the committee of a Ph.D. Global Health candidate. While those approved for a supervisory role may also take up a role as a committee member, those approved only for committee membership may not act as supervisors (see second list below). Should you wish to work with a faculty member that is not on the list below, please contact Sonya de Laat (firstname.lastname@example.org). Any questions pertaining to the research interests listed below should be sent directly to the faculty member. If you have any further questions, please contact Sonya de Laat.
For details on indicating potential supervisors in the Online Application, see How To Apply.
Global Health Ph.D. Supervisors
|Faculty||Department||Contact||Research Interests||Methodologies||GH Research Interests|
|Alvarez, Elizabeth||Associate Professor, HEIemail@example.com||Role of context in evidence informed decision making, a range of public health topics, sustainable health behaviour change across the lifespan, program and policy evaluation, and multidisciplinary care.||Policy analysis and qualitative and mixed methods for applied knowledge translation||Maternal and newborn health, health services, health policy, infectious diseases, mental health|
|Anand,Sonia||Professor, Medicinefirstname.lastname@example.org||Environmental and genetic determinants of vascular disease in populations of varying ancestral origin;
women and cardiovascular disease.
|Cardiovascular health: Birth cohorts; ‘OMICS’; Women’s health: Randomized controlled trials||Indigenous health; Ethnic diversity in cardiovascular disease|
|Apatu,Emma||Associate Professor, HEI||Apatue@mcmaster.ca||Teaching and learning in public health; interdisciplinary topics in public health, health services, community-based research, disaster sociology||Descriptive methods, community engagement||Disaster sociology; natural disaster preparedness|
|Baba, Vishwanath||Professor, Human Resources & Managementemail@example.com||
Management theory; Evidence-based management;Comparative management; Organizational behaviour; Mental Health in the workplace
|Primarily quantitative but also supervise qualitative studies||Mental health of nurses in the workplace – studied nurses’ organizational behavior in Argentina, Canada, the Caribbean, China, India, and Turkey|
|Bannerman, Sara||Associate Professor, Communication Studies & Media Artsfirstname.lastname@example.org||Communication policy and law; copyright; privacy; international communication policy; internet law and policy; media law and regulation; platform regulation||Historical, legal and policy research||Global intellectual property and the history of the Canadian and international intellectual property, particularly as these relate to knowledge and access to medicine.|
|Baumann, Andrea||Professor, Nursingemail@example.com||Effect of policy on the employment integration of internationally trained healthcare professionals;
Emerging trends in infectious disease and potential outcomes for health human resources; and the
influence of transdisciplinary collaboration on health education.
|Meta-analysis; Evidence- based practice; Qualitative; Quantitative||Immigration & employment integration; Infectious disease; Global transdisciplinary collaboration|
|Bhandari, Mohit||Professor, Surgeryfirstname.lastname@example.org||Research to improve the lives of persons with musculoskeletal trauma worldwide, with special interest in
intimate partner violence (female abuse).
|Clinical trials; Meta-analysis; Study methodology; Evidence- based practice; Musculoskeletal trauma||Orthopedic surgery; Injury|
|Carranza, Mirna||Professor, Social Workemail@example.com||Immigrant and refugee families and their process of acculturation as family units; issues of grief, ambiguous losses, war and torture, identity processes, transnational relationships and their impact on parenting practices; successful settlement processes and mental health||Qualitative research; Narrative inquiry; Critical grounded theory; Phenomenology; Feminist methodologies; Community-based participatory; Art-based; Indigenous methodologies||Social justice issues, particularly on forced migration, gender violence, children’s and women’s rights in Central America|
|Cook, Deborah||Professor, Medicinefirstname.lastname@example.org||Risk factors for serious illness; prevention of ICU- acquired complications; life support technology;
and end- of-life decisions for critically ill patients.
|Multicenter randomized trials, minimizing bias in systematic reviews, and incorporation of diverse kinds
of evidence into practice guidelines and clinical recommendations.
|Critical care; Randomized controlled trials|
|Crowther, Mark||Professor, Pathology & Molecular Medicineemail@example.com||Exploring ways of improving the way that we use our current anticoagulant drugs, including exploring
established and novel interventions to mitigate bleeding and anticoagulant drugs in high-risk patient
|Developing systematic reviews of key questions in hematology and thrombosis and basing guidelines on
|Capacity building in medical education by supporting learners from such environments to come to Canada
and to take the ability to teach back to their home countries
|Darling, Elizabeth||Associate Professor, Midwiferyfirstname.lastname@example.org||Midwifery services; health disparities; access to care; midwifery scope of practice; health care service
implementation; health policy; perinatal health surveillance/epidemiology.
|Mixed methods; large database cohort studies using administrative health data; perinatal health
surveillance; perinatal epidemiology
|Midwifery services; access to sexual and reproductive health care; health equity|
|de Souza, Russell||Associate Professor, HEIemail@example.com||Nutrition and cardiovascular disease; methodological approaches to randomized controlled trials and
meta- analyses; nutrition and early-life risk factors for chronic disease
|Randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses||Aboriginal communities|
|Dushoff, Jonathan||Professor, Biologyfirstname.lastname@example.org||Infectious disease and mathematical modelling; forecasting in infectious disease.||Infectious disease dynamics; statistical philosophy; computational statistics||Infectious diseases, Water sanitation and hygiene, female circumcision|
|Farrokhyar, Forough||Professor. Surgeryemail@example.com||Design of randomized controlled Trials in general and Surgical trials in particular; Methodological Challenges of NonPharmaceutical Trials; Design of Registries; Analysis of Observational Studies; Critical Appraisal & Evidence-based Practice in Surgery; Analysis of Observational Studies||Randomized controlled trials; Cohort Studies: Case-control studies; Prognostic Studeis; Systematic reviews; Meta-analysis; Statistical; Modelling of large Databases; Diagnostic Accuracy Studies||Children Health; Incidence and Prevalence of Infectious and Noninfectious Disease. Population-based; Studies; Inflammatory Bowel Diseases; Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders; Studies of Vitamin and other Nutrient Deficiencies|
|Freeman, Bonnie||Associate Professor, Social Workfirstname.lastname@example.org||Importance of Indigenous cultural knowledge and epistemologies to the wellbeing of the Haudenosaunee and other Indigenous peoples; Indigenous children and youth; Culture-based activism; and Two-Row Partnerships (alliance building between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples)||Indigenous methodologies and community-based participatory research methodologies, such as visiting, storytelling and journeying, also auto-ethnography||Global health of Indigenous people particulaly with health and well-being of Indigenous youth and women|
||Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciencesemail@example.com|
|Gerstein, Hertzel||Professor, Medicinefirstname.lastname@example.org||The prevention and therapy of diabetes and its many consequences; b) diabetes remission; and c) the link
between dysglycemia and vasculopenia, cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment and other disorders.
|Mixed methods||Health, diabetes|
|Holbrook, Anne||Professor, Medicineemail@example.com||Evidence-based therapeutics; drug policy; drug interactions; personalization of drug therapies;
medication safety; medication adherence; prescribing competence; informed decision-making;
cost-effectiveness of therapies and therapeutic strategies.
|Randomized controlled trials||Included in research interests|
|Ibhawoh, Bonny||Professor, Historyfirstname.lastname@example.org||Human rights; Human rights and justice ethical issues; Politics and history||Qualitative research; Mixed Methods; Oral historical research; Discourse Analysis||Right to health; United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as they relate to Human Rights; Health
disparities; Social determinants of health
|Kapiriri, Lydia||Associate Professor, Health, Aging, & Societyemail@example.com||Global health; HIV preventative behaviour; priority setting in health care||Mixed methods||Health care; HIV/AIDS; low income countries; health; poverty; health systems|
|Kimber, Melissa||Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciencesfirstname.lastname@example.org||Epidemiology of violence and mental disorders among children and adolescents; Children’s mental health
concerns and their exposure to violence; Development, implementation, and evaluation of preventative
|Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method research designs||Childhood exposure to violence across low-, middle-, and high-income countries; Health profession
education related to violence and mental disorders among children and adolescents
|Koff, David||Professor, Radiologyemail@example.com||Integration of medical images in the enterprise and EMR; AI related projects including MILAP, an image
library for research we are building with HHS.
|Mixed methods||International radioprotection campaign under the auspices of the International Society of Radiology, WHO
and IAEA; International standards initiatives such as IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise)
|Kurmi, Om||Associate Professor, Medicinefirstname.lastname@example.org||Lifestyles, occupational and environmental determinants of chronic diseases, particularly
cardiorespiratory health in both adults and children, particularly in the low- and middle-income
|Quantitative; mixed method; Systematic- review and meta-analysis of observational studies.||Air pollution epidemiology; Non- communicable diseases, Life-styles factors, Multi- morbidity, Maternal
and Child Health and Occupational health.
|Longo, Chris||Associate Professor, Businessemail@example.com||Economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals, the public/private mix in the financing of healthcare, and the
evaluation of factors influencing patients’ financial burden for health care services, particularly in
the area of cancer.
|Clinical research; economic evaluation; comparative analysis||Health care efficiency and equity issues; policy; pharmaceuticals; cancer|
|Lokker, Cynthia||Assistant Professor, Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impactfirstname.lastname@example.org||Mobile health; implementation of digital health interventions; knowledge translation; health informatics; bibliometrics; machine learning/natural language processing of health information; innovation in community-based treatment for eating disorders||Alternate study designs for mobile health applications; codesign of interventions for various users;machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing||Mobile health applications to support health; digital health implementation issues|
|Leong, Daryl||Associate Professor, Cardiologyemail@example.com||Physical frailty, echocardiography, and cardio-oncology, and multi- morbidity.||Cardiovascular imaging; clinical trials; cohort studies||Evolving patterns of morbidity and cause- specific mortality in global populations|
|Loeb, Mark||Professor, Pathology & Molecular Medicinefirstname.lastname@example.org||Influenza, COVID-19, herd immunity, vaccinology, clinical trials, respiratory infection, antimicrobial
|Randomized trials, vaccine efficacy, immune correlates of protection, observational studies||Influenza, respiratory infections, global randomized controlled trials, antibiotic use, dengue|
|MacMillan, Harriet||University Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences and of Pediatricsemail@example.com||Epidemiology of violence against children and women; approaches to preventing child maltreatment and
intimate partner violence and associated mental health impairment.
|Cross-sectional surveys, randomized controlled trials, mixed method studies||Family violence including child maltreatment and intimate partner violence in low-, middle- and high-
income countries. I work with the World Health Organization on guideline development groups for
guidelines in this area
|Mbuagbaw, Lawrence||Assistant Professor, HEIfirstname.lastname@example.org||Trial design; mHealth; infectious diseases; HIV; biostatistics; mother and child health; research
|Biostatistics and randomized trials; evidence syntheses, randomized trials, mixed- methods studies and
qualitative studies, meta- epidemiology
|Infectious diseases, mother and child health, mHealth, health systems strengthening and the intersection
of these fields
|McKnight, Brent||Associate Professors, Strategic Managementemail@example.com|
|Mente, Andrew||Associate Professor, HEIfirstname.lastname@example.org||Nutrition and cardiovascular disease; nutritional biomarkers; role of essential minerals (sodium,
potassium, calcium, magnesium) and dietary fatty acids in cardiovascular diseases in populations around
|Randomized control trials||Urban-rural epidemiology|
|Moffat, Tina||Associate Professor, Anthropologyemail@example.com||Nutrition and food insecurity as it relates to the social, cultural, and physical environment; Child
Health & Nutrition; Immigrant health; International health and development; community health and the
environment; human ecology and adaptability; environmental health
|Mixed methods||Child health & nutrition|
||Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynaecologyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Newbold, Bruce||Professor, School of Earth, Environment, & Societyemail@example.com||Internal migration in Canada and the United States; Immigration: settlement and adjustment; immigration
and health; aging issues: population mobility, transportation, health, disability
|Mixed methods||Immigration and population health, health services, disability|
|Randall, Glen||Professor, Health Policy & Managementfirstname.lastname@example.org||Impact of health care restructuring on health professionals; Privatization of health care services;
Business-government relations; and Governance and strategic management in the not-for-profit sector
|Mixed methods and qualitative research (primarily surveys and interviews)||Health systems and health policy|
|Rosenthal, Kenneth||Professor, Pathology & Molecular Medicineemail@example.com||Aids research in South Africa, secondary database analysis||Mixed methods||Infection; Immunology; Virology; Innate and adaptive mucosal immune responses in chronic viral infections, including HIV-1 and HSV-2|
|Samaan, Constantine||Associate Professor, Pediatricsfirstname.lastname@example.org||Childhood diabetes & obesity, pediatric cancer endocrine aftereffects, scoliosis||Knowledge synthesis, systematic reviews and Meta-analyses, clinical epidemiology, cohort studies,
cross-sectional studies, trials
|International mentorships (Saudi Arabia); Childhood diabetes & obesity|
|Schwartz, Lisa||Professor, HEIemail@example.com||Humanitarian health care ethics; global health ethics; the teaching of ethics in health care education;
patient advocacy; research ethics; bioethics; privacy and confidentiality
|Mixed methods||Healthcare ethics; Global health ethics|
|Deborah, Sloboda||Professor, Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciencesfirstname.lastname@example.org||Parental nutrient manipulation on maternal pregnancy adaptations, including the microbiome, placental inflammation and offspring reproductive and metabolic function||Policy analysis and qualitative and mixed methods for applied knowledge translationMaternal and newborn health, health services, health policy,||Maternal and newborn health, health services, health policy, infectious diseases, mental health|
|Sprague, Sheila||Associate Professor, Surgery||sprags@mcmaster .ca||Intimate partner violence; fracture care; infection prevention and treatment||Randomized controlled trials; observational studies||International Health|
|Thabane, Lehana||Professor, HEIemail@example.com||Health outcomes research; health services research;||Clinical trial methodology in various health research areas; meta-analysis and evidence synthesis
methods; Bayesian and non-Bayesian analysis;
|Research methodology and epidemiology|
|Vanstone, Meredith||Associate Professor, Family Medicinefirstname.lastname@example.org||Patient and clinician experiences of socially and ethically complex areas of health care, particularly as related to health policy and health professional education and often focused in reproductive health or end-of life care given their social and ethical complexity||Qualitative research, particularly interpretive methodologies; mixed methods; critical analysis; systematic reviews and syntheses of qualitative and mixed methods research||Comparative policy analysis, syntheses of patient experience across national borders|
|Wahi, Gita||Associate Professor, Pediatricsemail@example.com|
|Waldron, Ingrid||Professor, HOPE Chair in Peace & Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org||Health disparities in Black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities; Structural determinants of health; Environmental determinants of health||Interpretive narrative methodology; qualitative methods; mixed methods; interviews, focus groups, and surveys||Impacts of environment and climate change on global populations; Social determinants of health; Health disparities|
|Wright, Gerry||Professor, Biochemistryemail@example.com||Biochemistry of infectious disease, antibiotic resistance, drug discovery||Mixed methods||Infectious diseases|
|Xing, Zhou||Professor, Medicinefirstname.lastname@example.org||Mucosal Immunology; Vaccine Immunology; Tuberculosis and COVID-19 Vaccines||Mixed methods||Infectious diseases|
Global Health Ph.D. Committee Members
|Faculty||Department||Appointment||Research Interests||Methodologies||GH Research Interests|
|Ameil, Joseph||Associate Professor, School of Social Workemail@example.com||Racism; Coloniality; Mental health; Immigration; Disability; Criminal justice||Critical race theory; MAD studies; Critical disability studies; Postcolonial theory; Critical discourse analysis; Qualitative inquiry||Racism; Coloniality; Mental health; Immigration; Disability; Criminal justice|
|Chagla, Zain||Associate Professor, Medicinefirstname.lastname@example.org||Infectious disease and epidemiology|
|DiLiberto, Deborah||Assistant Professor, Medicineemail@example.com||Complex interventions and health service delivery in Africa and other low-resource contexts;||Mixed methods; qualitative; quantitative; intersections of medical anthropology, clinical trials and medical statistics||Interdisciplinary global health research competencies; social science perspectives on malaria; adolescent sexual &
reproductive health & rights
|Drossos, Alexander||Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciencefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Gombay, Christy||Assistant Professor, Nursingemail@example.com||eHealth in developing countries; human resources for health; and health systems reform in developing countries||Participatory Action Research; Qualitative||Sexual & reproductive health & rights among migrant populations;
Latin American health policies;
|Mattison, Cristina||Assistant Professor, HEIfirstname.lastname@example.org||Health systems and health; policy; Politics of health systems; Midwifery||Quantitative; Qualitative; Mixed methods||Sexual and reproductive health and rights; Civil systems strengthening; Role of midwifery in health systems|
Non-Voting Committee Members
Please note that external and/or Professor Emeritus committee members are permitted by the School of Graduate Studies to join doctoral committees as non-voting members. Below are examples of external and Professor Emeritus committee members approved to sit on past committees. Students are also encouraged to review the international faculty page for potential external committee members from Global Health Consortium partner institutions. Should a student wish to include an external committee member on their committee, they should first consult with their supervisor and the Global Health program.
|Archer, Norm||Professor Emeritus, Information Systems||McMaster University (Canada)||E-health Applications in LowResource Countries|
|Brooke, Jeff||Assistant Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health||University of Toronto (Canada)||Health Politics and Policy, Canadian Public Policy|
|Deber, Raisa||Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (HPME)||University of Toronto, (Canada)||Health Politics and Policy, Canadian Public Policy|
|Eskikoy, Elif Gunce||Forensic Coordinator||International Committee of the Red Cross (Azerbaijan)||Forensic Dentistry; Disaster and Emergency Management|
|Karen, Lawford||Assistant Professor, Department of Gender Studies||Queen’s University (Canada)||Indigenous health and wellness, maternity care, midwifery services, federal health care, health care policy and systems, and Indigenous women and Two Spirit leadership|
|Poto, Margherita Paola||Postdoctoral Fellow at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea||University of Tromsø (Norway)||International Law; Environmental Law|
|Eugene, Richardson||Assistant Professor, Global Health and Social Medicine||Harvard University (USA)||Biosocial approaches to epidemic disease prevention, containment, and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa; Reparations and redistributive justice; Epistemic injustice.|
|Sergeant, Myles David||Co-founder||PEACH Health Ontario (Hamilton)||Climate change, health, and sustainability|
||Assistant, Professor, Population Health||London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (U.K.)||Equitable access to sexual and reproductive health services among resource-limited settings|
|Virani, Tazim||Executive Lead, Social Impact and Global Affairs||SE Health (Canada)||Community-based Health Care; Healthy Aging; Seniors’ Living|
|Zinszer, Kate||Assistant Professor, Preventative and Social Medicine||L’université de Montréal (Canada)||Epidemiology; Infectious Diseases; Global Health; Surveillance|
International and Facilitated Admissions
Indigenous participation in Global Health is important. To ensure equitable admissions we have a Facilitated Admissions process for First Nations, Inuit and Métis applicants. In accordance with the Self-Identification policy of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) applicants who wish to apply through this stream must complete the supplementary Self-identification Application. Information on the policy, application requirements and the online application can be found here.
Indigenous applicants need to meet the following requirements.
- Honours Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent)
- Minimum B+ Average
Applicants who wish to be considered under the Indigenous application process must submit the Self-Identification Application.
Deadline date – to be announced.
One self-identification application is used for all Faculty of Health Sciences programs that have a facilitated Indigenous admissions stream. The Self-identification Application must be completed by whatever the earliest deadline date is for the programs for which you have applied to.
Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for one of the following scholarships:
- The Harvey E. Longboat Graduate Scholarship for Inuit, First Nations, and Metis students. The application deadline is to be announced. Details can be found here.
- The Ontario Graduate Scholarship for Indigenous Students (OGS-I). The application deadline for the 2023-2024 academic year is to be announced. Details can be found here.
- Additional scholarships are listed here and here.
- To determine your degree equivalency in Canada, you can use the free WES tool. Degrees must equate to minimum 4 year Bachelor’s Degree.
- The program admissions team will convert international transcripts to Ontario equivalency on your behalf for the application. You do not need to calculate the GPA for international transcripts.
- Language requirements (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) can be found here.
- Funding opportunities are very limited for international students. A full list of funding and awards can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website. As well Enrolment fees are subject to change from year to year. Have a look at the current program fees for Graduate Programs .
- MPOWER Financing was created as a Public Benefit Corporation to help promising students from around the world who struggle to complete their education as a result of being excluded from traditional financing options. They offer both Scholarships and Loans; specifically, we encourage international students to consider applying for the Global Citizen Scholarship or the Women in STEM Scholarship.
Information regarding study permits and student visas can be found on the International Student Services website.
Students at Risk Bursary (SARB)
Information about McMaster University’s program supporting forcibly displaced students can be found on the Office of the Registrar website.