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Global Health Research Units at York

In addition to the research undertaken within the School of Global Health, there are other global health focused research units at York that the School’s faculty and students play an active role in leading and contributing to their activities. While distinct from the School of Global Health, these independent research units further enhance the rich and vibrant global health research ecosystem in the Faculty of Health and across York University.

Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research uses critical problem-solving approaches to pursue effectiveness, equity, and excellence in global health research. We are global health leaders, researchers, practitioners, and students working at the interface between research, policy, and practice to address 21st-century global health challenges. We conduct research, teach, and form partnerships within three thematic areas: Planetary Health; Global Health & Humanitarianism; and Global Health Foresighting (please see our website for descriptions and for the range of our current research work under each theme). We pursue innovative and transdisciplinary approaches to design more effective, just, and equitable solutions that address global health challenges under each theme. The Dahdaleh Institute is widely recognized for its collaborative and transdisciplinary research, its meaningful impacts, and its leadership in fostering a new generation of global health scholars and practitioners.

The Dahdaleh Institute will support the PhD in Global Health as it is launched, and encourages students from the School of Global Health to participate in our events/seminar series and the Global Health Internship Program. Graduate students engaged in global health research whose supervisor is a Dahdaleh Institute faculty fellow may apply to the Dahdaleh Global Health Graduate Scholarship program. For more information, please visit our website.

Global Strategy Lab

The Global Strategy Lab (GSL) advises the world’s governments and public health organizations on how to design laws, policies and institutions that make the world a healthier place for everyone. Directed by Professor Steven J. Hoffman, GSL works across disciplines, universities and countries to undertake cutting-edge research that informs global health policy decisions. Most of the Lab’s Investigators are affiliated with York University’s School of Global Health and lead research initiatives in three main program areas: 1. Global Antimicrobial Resistance Program, for which GSL was designated as the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre on Global Governance of Antimicrobial Resistance; 2. Global Legal Epidemiology Program, which undertakes pioneering evaluations of existing international agreements and informs the negotiation of future agreements; and 3. Public Health Institutions Program, which examines today's public health institutions and advises on how to design institutions capable of addressing complex challenges.

The Global Strategy Lab also serves as a platform for collaborative multi-centre research, education and policy initiatives. GSL administratively hosts the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population & Public Health, the Global Health Law Consortium, and the International Network for AMR Social Science.

Please follow us on Twitter (@gstrategylab) and visit our website for more information.

Global & Environmental Health Lab 

The Global & Environmental Health Lab (GEHL) aims at understanding the multidimensional, multilevel factors and processes that drive poor health outcomes and health disparities across spatial scales and how these factors can be addressed in a sustained manner.  GEHL takes a transdisciplinary approach in quantifying and mitigating some of the enduring global and environmental health challenges facing the world today. Thus, the key investigators and collaborators come from different disciplines and are based in several research-intensive universities across the globe. GEHL has four streams of research: 1) Resource Insecurity, Health and Sustainable Livelihoods, which examines food, water, energy and housing insecurity and their individual or synergistic effects on vulnerable populations; 2) Environment and Disease Vulnerability, which focuses on the socio-ecological determinants of cardiometabolic conditions among aging adults, the effect of environmental pollution and changes in climatic conditions on the health of aging adults, and clean energy transition efficacy; 3) Social Inequity in Health Systems, which focuses on assessing racial disparities in access to healthcare, health conditions, and representation in healthcare workforce; and 4) Scale Development and Validation, which focuses on the measuring social, psychological, and health behaviors and experiences. 

GEHL has research sites in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. It facilitates research for undergraduate, graduate and faculty who are interested in its research themes. For more information, please visit our website.