School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
The School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SEPHPM) came into being on January 1, 2015. SEPHPM builds on the recognition in the Strategic Mandate Agreement that research and graduate education in applied health and knowledge translation are areas of strength in the Faculty of Medicine and its partners, including the affiliated, hospital-based research institutes, and that the University recognizes applied health research as a priority. The vision of the School is to be recognized as a leading contributor to research, teaching and professional training. At the local level it aims to improve patient and population health outcomes in the population laboratory of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), Ontario, Canada. More broadly it carries out research on the determinants of health and disease etiology and on the development, implementation and evaluation of practices, programs and policies aimed to optimize health and social services.
The School aims to bring together virtually applied health researchers from within the Faculty of Medicine, research institutes, and other groups into one collective with agreed upon research strategic priories and research enabling platforms (e.g., methods center, large administrative database centre, biobanking, centre for microbial diversity, assessment facilities). It will harness the collective power of researchers in the region and promote interdisciplinary, collaborative, patient-centered applied health and public health research. The methodologies used and developed by the researchers include epidemiology, biostatistics and other quantitative evaluative sciences; methods that include complementary quantitative and qualitative approaches; health economics; policy development approaches; and engaged scholarship/knowledge translation.