The Collaborative Specialization in

Public Health Policy

Program Components

Mandatory Components for the 2020-2021 Academic Year


Public Health Policy: This course focuses on social, political, legal, and institutional dimensions of public health policymaking and on the theory and application of policy change frameworks. This course is offered through the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Tools and Approaches for Public Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation: This course will provides skills and training in policy analysis and evaluation, including economic analysis. This course is taught collaboratively with faculty from the Insitute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. This course is offered through the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

In addition to these required courses, students will be able to take additional electives relevant to public health policy through various University of Toronto units, including the

Monthly Public Health Policy Rounds

The monthly rounds provide an opportunity for mentors and trainees to meet on a regular basis, share and receive feedback on their work, and hear talks on public health policy issues. Monthly rounds will be offered by the various academic units and partnering agencies, addressing a wide array of relevant topics.

Public Health Policy Institutes

The Fall and Winter Institutes are key forums for learning about the latest evidence and state-of-the art approaches to public health policy research and practice, constructively debating topical issues, and engaging collaboratively with stakeholders and decision makers around pressing policy case studies. The Institutes present an opportunity for students to enhance knowledge and professional competencies.

Optional Program Components for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Training and Research Pods

To foster new cross-disciplinary team research, mentors and trainees will join one or more research and training pods. Pods will include academic mentors from at least two disciplines, representatives from the public health policymaking community, and post-doc, PhD and Masters trainees, providing ample opportunity for trainees to acquire knowledge and technical skills from a range of disciplines.  Each research and training pod will develop a cross-disciplinary collaborative research agenda based on current and emerging interests and issues in public health policy.

Lunch and Learns

The Lunch and Learns provide excellent opportunities for program participants to engage informally around career pathways that reflect a Public Health Policy Focus.


All participants in the Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy have the option of establishing a mentorship with a Program Mentor. Please contact for more information.