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We invite you to check out these Term 1 and Term 2 Courses that have space available!

SPPH 381D BL1 (Seminar) Selected Topics – Canadian Health Policy


SPPH 381D is for any student interested in the history, politics, ethics, and economics of health care in Canada. Through a purposeful mix of online and in-person instruction, you will learn that “Canadian Medicare” embodies noble aspirations but performs poorly. You will also learn that often-prescribed solutions to what ails Canadian Medicare would likely do more harm than good. The range of topics covered – including primary health care, surgical wait times, national pharmacare, and more – will equip you with the knowledge and perspective needed to engage effectively in ongoing debates about how to improve health care in Canada.


Tuesdays: 9:00 am to 10:30 am 

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SPPH 514
Health Care Decision Analysis

SPPH 514 dives deep into the methodology and applications of decision analysis in health care. With a blend of theory (why do people make good and bad decisions?) and practical tools (decision analysis, decision support tools, nudges..), the course equips students to enhance decision-making processes in clinical and policy settings. Guided by Professor Nick Bansback, students will engage in problem-based learning, analyze real-world scenarios, and interact with simple decision analysis software. By the end of this course, you will be equipped to critique decision-making literature and conduct decision analysis for healthcare problems relevant to your interests.

Wednesdays: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

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SPPH 581J 001 (Seminar) Selected Topics – Global Health

SPPH 581J offers an exploration into pivotal concepts and issues in the sphere of global health.  As a student, you will gain insights into the foundations of global health, surveillance, global burden of disease and its measurement. The course presents the opportunity to understand the intricacies of implementing public health interventions in low and middle-income countries. You will develop skills in crafting evidence-based policy recommendations, which are instrumental in your academic and professional journey.

Wednesdays: 9:00 am to 12 noon

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Selected Topics – Causal Inference

SPPH 681A, an in-depth, 3-credit course, instructed by Prof. Boris Sobolev, offers comprehensive knowledge in causal inference, vital for anyone analyzing data from patient registries, routine medical records, hospital discharges, or research cohorts. This course will equip you with a profound understanding of causal inference, from developing directed acyclic graphs to estimating treatment effects. By the course’s conclusion, you will be well-equipped to discern and model causal relationships in your data, an indispensable skill in health research.

Mondays: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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SPPH 581X Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) 

In a time when public health attention has been largely centered around infectious diseases, this course redirects focus to the ongoing toll of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) like cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, diabetes, and cancer. Students will engage with critical topics including the scope, trends, and impacts of key NCDs, both nationally and globally. The course explores strategies and approaches at various intervention levels, offering a deeper understanding of prevention, management, and reduction strategies. With a blend of interactive lectures, facilitated discussions, and practical exercises, this course provides a dynamic learning environment. Guided by Dr. Charlyn Black, the course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the field of chronic disease prevention.

Wednesdays: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Selected Topics –
Intervening in Global Health, Sustainability and Preventative Medicine

 Led by Professor Erica Frank, SPPH 581O provides a practice-oriented learning experience, leveraging real-world cases and problem-based learning methods. Students will work in small teams to devise interventions addressing global public health issues, sustainability, and preventive medicine outcomes, guided by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Harness your potential and deepen your understanding of global health, sustainability, and preventive medicine. Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to global health solutions.

Thursdays: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm 

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SPPH 520: Control of Communicable Diseases


SPPH 520: Control of Communicable Diseases provides an in-depth exploration of the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases. Led by Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Mamun, this course covers essential topics such as outbreak investigation, laboratory diagnostics, vector-borne diseases, immunization, and mathematical modeling. Students will benefit from lectures, hands-on exercises, and collaborative discussions, enhancing their understanding of key concepts and practical applications. This course is instrumental for students seeking comprehensive knowledge in public health and infectious disease management.


Mondays: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm 

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