Researchers and Supervisors

Our faculty members are tackling some of the most complex health issues facing communities, from promoting healthy eating and activity in schools, to understanding how our physical and social environments affect us, to how health services can impact populations around the world—and our students are helping them do it.

As a School of Public Health MSc or PhD student, you are able to contribute directly to research and to the body of knowledge in your field of choice. Here are some examples of thesis research that our Msc students have completed:

  • the role of motherhood in the success of participation in a substance abuse treatment program.
  • how media coverage influences vaccinations.
  • predictors of successfully coping with pain.
  • environmental risk factors on the contamination of drinking water.
  • the role of mental health on diabetes treatments.
  • the association of leadership skills with childhood health.

Students who have completed their PhD program have investigated:

  • the outcome/role of taxing sugar-sweetened beverages on reducing consumption.
  • the effect of introducing comprehensive school health programs in elementary schools.
  • the success of harm reduction interventions for illicit substance use.
  • the factors surrounding adherence to antiretroviral therapy.

MSc applicants are not required to select a supervisor prior to submitting an application—however, you will be required to select a supervisor prior to being accepted. As a PhD applicant, it is highly recommended that you identify a supervisor for your research prior to completing your application. 

Regardless of your program, choosing a supervisor that fits with your specific area of interest is a crucial part of the process, as they will mentor you through your studies. Your supervisor will also help you to negotiate the funding landscape. To begin, read up on our faculty members. If your chosen faculty member is currently accepting students, contact them and introduce yourself - and explain how your experience and research interests align.