Research Excellence

The School of Public Health has an exceptional group of faculty members from various disciplines. Together, they are committed to advancing new knowledge to promote, protect and improve the health of all people.

Our faculty members are recognized provincially and nationally for outstanding scholarship in public health.

McCalla Professors

The McCalla Professorship is named after the first dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. A professor receiving a McCalla Professorship is to uphold the values of the University of Alberta. McCalla Professors are those who value excellence in teaching, acknowledge the importance of students, conduct themselves in an ethical manner, are collaborative, open to change, take pride in history and traditions and are committed to integrating their research and teaching.

Rebecca Gokiert, 2019
Susan Chatwood, 2018
• Tania Bubela, 2014
Killam Professors

Killam Annual Professorships are awarded to outstanding academics at the University of Alberta in recognition of their distinguished scholarship. The award is based on scholarly activities including teaching, research, publications, creative activities, presented papers, supervision of graduate students, courses taught and service to the community beyond the university in activities related to university responsibilities.

Maria Mayan, 2019
Candace Nykiforuk, 2018
Zubia Mumtaz, 2016
Jeff Johnson, 2010

Centennial Professors

The title of Centennial Professor is among the most prestigious of awards at the University of Alberta and is bestowed on members of the academy who have achieved outstanding distinction in their area of research and scholarship, teaching and who have earned favourable regard from the community.

Jeff Johnson, 2019
Jeff Johnson, 2012

Distinguished Professors

University of Alberta Distinguished Professors have achieved outstanding distinction and scholarship in each of the areas of teaching, research and/or creative endeavours and service to the university and the community at large. Their scholarly work must have merited international recognition, their teaching and student supervision ability must be highly esteemed by colleagues and students, and they must be regarded as exceptional citizens.

Kim Raine, 2019

Scholar and Investigator Awards

Health Scholar

The Health Scholar award is given by Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (formerly the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research) to investigators who have recently completed their postdoctoral research training, and are currently seeking their first faculty-level appointments, or who are completing their term as a population heath investigator or a clinical investigator.

Paul Veugelers, 2007-2014
Cam Wild, 2006-2013
• Linda Carroll, 2003-2008
Kim Raine, 2004-2004

Senior Health Scholar

The Health Senior Scholar award is given by Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (formerly the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research) to scholars who have excellent track records of independent research. They are more senior than Scholars and have usually been previously supported via salary support awards.

Jeff Johnson, 2009-2016
• Linda Carroll, 2008-2015
Timothy Caulfield, 2007-2014
Yutaka Yasui, 2006-2013
Kim Raine, 2005-2010

Population Health Investigator

The Population Health Investigator award is given by Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions (formerly the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research) to independent investigators in the early stages of their careers in health research to commit the majority of their time (at least 75 per cent) to research.

Zubia Mumtaz, 2012-2017
Dean Eurich, 2008-2015
• Cindy Jardine, 2002-2009
Cam Wild, 2000-2006

New Investigator

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator award is designed to provide outstanding new investigators with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their independence in initiating and conducting health research.

Kate Storey, 2017-2020
Dean Eurich, 2009-2014
Paul Veugelers, 2000-2005
Cam Wild, 2000-2005

Translational Chairs

Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions funds the Translational Health Chairs Program. Funds are used to recruit leading researchers to Alberta. Focusing on priority research and innovation areas, these individuals translate research into real world solutions, moving what we know into what we do.

• Nicholas Ashbolt, 2014-2020

Fulbright Awards

Excellence in scholarship, diversity, and community service are hallmarks of the Fulbright Program. The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program strengthens binational collaborative research and promotes thoughtful public debate on topics that reflect the broad range of contemporary issues relevant to Canada, the United States and the relationship between the two countries.

• Cindy Jardine, 2013-2014

Research Chairs

Applied Public Health Chairs

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Population and Public Health in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Alberta Innovates, the Centre de recherche en prévention de l'obésité, Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec, the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada support the Applied Public Health Chairs.

The objectives of this initiative include supporting high quality and focused programs of policy and program intervention research of national relevance to public health, and to foster linkages to support the timely and effective application of research into policies, programs and practice.

Kate Storey, 2022-2028
Candace Nykiforuk, 2014-2019
Kim Raine, 2008-2013


Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program invests approximately $265 million a year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds.

Elaine Hyshka, CRC in Health Systems Innovation, 2021-2026
Sherilee Harper, CRC in Climate Change and Health, 2018-2023
Roman Pabayo, CRC in Social and Health Inequities Throughout the Lifespan, 2018-2023
Dean Eurich, CRC in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, 2014-2019
Paul Veugelers, CRC in Population Health, 2006-2011, renewed 2011-2015
Yutaka Yasui, CRC in Biostatistics, 2005-2010, renewed 2010-2015
Timothy Caulfield, CRC in Health Law and Policy, 2002-2009, renewed 2009-2016, renewed 2016-2023
Jeff Johnson, CRC, 2007-2012