Collaborative Specializations within University of Toronto
Collaborative specializations are interdisciplinary programs involving a range of graduate units, departments, centres, or institutes at the University of Toronto. Students enrolled in a collaborative specialization are usually MSc or PhD students who elect to specialize in a particular concentration, although some collaborative specializations will also admit suitable MHSc students.
IHPME participates in the following collaborative specializations.
|Website:||Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course|
|Program Administrator:||Susan Murphy
|IHPME Contact:||Whitney Berta
The Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course is coordinated through the Institute for Life Course and Aging.
Note: MSc/PhD only
Objective : To apply the methods of empirical, legal and philosophical scholarship to bio-ethical issues related to the delivery of health care in Canada, the practices of health care professions, the conduct of health research, and the development of health policy.
|Website:||Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics|
|Administrative Assistant:||Terry Yuen
|IHPME Contact:||Fiona Miller
The Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics is coordinated through the Joint Centre for Bioethics
Note: CSGH is open to any U of Toronto graduate student provided they are able to complete the requirements.
The Collaborative Specialization in Global Health (CSGH), University of Toronto Global Scholar – is designed to deepen the knowledge base of doctoral and masters students about multidisciplinary approaches to global health issues and challenges; to provide career training related to global health research and practice; and to help students develop research and practical skills. The CSGH views ‘global health’ in an integrative manner, focusing on the relationship among local, regional, national, and international forces that influence health and equity, as well as on the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions and policies.
The CSGH integrates methods and insights from Departments and Faculties across U of T. Students are encouraged to think critically about global health paradigms and to integrate academic research skills in an applied setting. Graduates of the program will be exposed to global health approaches from a variety of disciplines including public health, engineering, anthropology, rehabilitation sciences, business, nursing, and law.
Collaborative Specialization in Global Health Objectives:
- To enable students to develop an understanding of global health as it relates to the interaction of global, national, regional, and local forces, processes, and conditions;
- To ground training in disciplinary perspectives and engage in multidisciplinary research enterprises;
- To approach global health research, policy, and practice with a focus on achieving equity in health for all people;
- To offer mentorship opportunities by committed and experienced faculty with a diversity of theoretical, operational and methodological perspectives on global health; and,
- To grapple with complex health-related policy making by the range of international, national, and local actors in a wide range of sectors that shape policies and carry out activities that affect health.
|Website:||Collaborative Specialization in Global Health|
|General Inquiries:||Centre for Global Health
|IHPME Contact:||Andrew Howard
The Collaborative Specialization in Global Health is sponsored by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (SPH) in the Faculty of Medicine
The Collaborative Specialization in Health Services and Policy Research began in 2001 as a consortium of six Ontario universities, called the Ontario Training Centre, established in a response to the need for increased numbers of health services researchers to address critical issues in effective and efficient health care delivery (which has been identified as a top priority by national research funding agencies). The Centre was part of a pan-Canadian initiative involving other provincial centres. After its first decade of operations, funding for the Centre has concluded, however the Specialization Program in Health Services and Policy Research continues to attract graduate students from the University of Toronto from a variety of disciplines.
The overall goal of the Collaborative Specialization is to increase health research capacity in Ontario through an innovative training program that builds on existing strengths in university and decision making environments.
Partnering with a number of health care organizations, the Collaborative Specialization in Health Services and Policy Research offers graduate training leading to a Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research.
Specific objectives of the program include:
- to provide training in health services research for graduate students,
- to enhance the quality and breadth of trans-disciplinary training in health services research, and
- to include decision makers as active partners in teaching, program and curriculum planning, and the provision of field placements for students.
This competency-based program focuses on the following five areas:
- understanding the Canadian health care system,
- ability to carry out health services research,
- understanding theories regarding how the health of populations is produced,
- understanding theories of health and health services knowledge production, and
- knowledge exchange and development of research partnerships.
|University of Toronto Contact:||Whitney Berta
|Application Deadline:||March 15th, for September Admission
Application Form – [PDF]
Admission Criteria – [PDF]
|For Program Students:||Learning Plan – [PDF]
Policy Practicum – [PDF]
Research Practicum – [PDF]
The Collaborative Specialization in Health Services and Policy Research is sponsored by the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME)
The Collaborative Specialization in Musculoskeletal Sciences (CPMS) focuses on the education and the training of graduate students to develop and carry out musculoskeletal research, with an aim to educate students in how their work fits into the larger community of musculoskeletal research that stretches from bench to bedside to society. The program’s goal is to create leaders in the field of musculoskeletal sciences who will possess the knowledge and capability to bring about transformational change.
The program is of particular interest to graduate students who wish to enhance their interdisciplinary knowledge and advance their careers. Professional contacts throughout the international musculoskeletal research community are enhanced through participation in this program. Graduate students will receive formal recognition of their training in musculoskeletal science on their graduate transcript.
The CPMS is a unique graduate training program as there is only one such other program in North America.
|Website:||Toronto Musculoskeletal Centre
|Administrative Coordinator:||Nadia Jaber
tel: 416-86-4800 x7563
|IHPME Contact:||Claire Bombardier
tel: 416-927-2027 x2132
The Collaborative Specialization in Musculoskeletal Sciences (CPMS) is aligned with the lead Faculty of Medicine, and is supported by the Institute of Medical Science, and the Toronto Musculoskeletal Centre (TMC).
The Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy provides students with exemplary training in public health policy, which fosters synergies and cross-disciplinary learning. It gives students the capacity to engage in current events and contribute to the development, refinement, and evaluation of policies to address society’s pressing and emerging public health priorities.
The collaborative specialization is cross-disciplinary, bringing together a broad range of disciplines, substantive foci, and theoretical and methodological underpinnings, to synergistically build an engaged community of practice of students and faculty focused on public health policy. It contributes to the creation of the next generation of public health policy research leaders and creative agents for change, able to address current health issues and challenges.
Through the direction of the stellar team of academics and policy-makers associated with the specialization program, students are provided with real-world skills to address the complex and demanding task of public health policy-making (including insight into a wide array of legislative and regulatory interventions, administrative practices, financing and funding decisions, and various forms of soft law, such as guidelines and informal processes) which operate at the international, federal, provincial, and municipal levels in ways that are both cross-jurisdictional and cross-sectoral.
Upon successful completion of the master’s or PhD requirements of the home department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation Completed Collaborative Graduate Specialization in Public Health Policy on their transcript and a collaborative specialization parchment signed by the Dean, School of Graduate Studies and the Public Health Policy Program Director.
|Website:||Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy|
|Application Deadline:||May for September Admission|
|Program Assistant:||Sonja Johnston
|IHPME Contacts:||Rob Schwartz
The Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy is sponsored by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (SPH).
Objective : The goal of the Collaborative Specialization in Resuscitation Sciences (CPRS) is to train scientists pursuing research in the optimal care of the acutely ill and injured patient and, ultimately, to create leaders in the discipline who will supervise others providing this level of scientific inquiry. The program will appeal to students from a wide variety of backgrounds with an interest in any aspect of resuscitation science.
|Program Coordinator:||Andrea Meeson
tel: 416-864-6060 x7843
Objective : To promote inter-disciplinary research and teaching in women’s studies, gender studies, and advanced feminist scholarship; a central coordinating structure to encourage and disseminate women’s studies research seminars, colloquia, circulation of work in progress, study groups, conferences and publications.
|Website:||Graduate Collaborative Specialization in Women and Gender Studies|
|Program Coordinator:||Marian Reed
|IHPME Contact:||Rhonda Cockerill
The Graduate Collaborative Specialization in Women and Gender Studies is administered by the Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) .
- Help students develop a shared understandings of the complex interactions of biology and environment, sex and gender
- Provide a shared skill set to undertake and lead interdisciplinary, collaborative health care research projects
- Enhance mutually beneficial relationships among researchers and practitioners of women’s health across the University and its affiliated teaching hospitals
One core course is required along with participation in a monthly seminar series and in the annual Graduate Student Research Day hosted by the Women’s College Research Institute. Students will develop a study plan (including a plan for their dissertation when required by their home participating unit) in conjunction with their graduate supervisor and a co-mentor from the Collaborative Specialization faculty.
|Website:||Collaborative Specialization in Women’s Health|
|Program Administration:||Janice Du Mont, Director
tel: 416-351-3732 x2705
Sarah Tang, WCRI
tel: 416-351-3732 x3824
|IHPME Contact:||Adalsteinn Brown
The Collaborative Specialization in Women’s Health is supported by the Women’s College Research Institute, Women’s College Hospital.
Collaborative Specialization Requirements
Students in a collaborative specialization must:
- Meet all basic requirements for the relevant degree program in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, including:
- Course work
- A thesis topic relevant to the collaborating program (MSc/PhD students)
- A thesis supervisor appointed to the collaborating program (MSc/PhD students)
- A relevant practicum placement (MHSc students)
- Complete all Collaborative Specialization course requirements.