Professor and Dean
has been dean of the School of Public Health since August, 2013. He has previously been TransCanada Chair in Aboriginal Health at the University of Toronto, and head of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
A public-health physician (MD, McGill; MSc, Toronto) and biological anthropologist (DPhil, Oxford), he has worked as a primary care physician, health administrator and academic researcher in indigenous communities in northern Canada and other circumpolar regions.
Dr. Young's major research interests focus on the prevention of emerging chronic diseases, and more recently, health system improvement in the North. He has published seven books, including the textbook Population Health: Concepts and Methods (Oxford University Press; 1998, 2005). His research has been recognized by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Senior Investigator award, induction as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2009, and member of the Order of Canada in 2010.
Dr. Young has a strong interest in international health. He was a CUSO cooperant in Tanzania, and served as a consultant in overseas assignments for the Canadian International Development Agency and the Canadian Public Health Association. He was World Health Organization Travelling Fellow and has also investigated Aboriginal health conditions in Arctic Russia and among Amazonian Indians in Brazil. In 2009, he was appointed co-chair of the Human Health Expert Group of the Arctic Council.