Rural and Northern Health (PhD)

Overview

Enhance and promote the quality and quantity of research focused on rural and northern health.

Train to become high-quality professionals in health research.

Choose from two fields of study, health services, and health policy, with supported research in the following areas: Aboriginal health, epidemiology, children’s health, health administration, health policy, promotion, and services, environmental, mental, and occupational health, and population health in vulnerable people.

Promote the growth and development of health research expertise in the north and strengthen partnerships with community health organizations. Work closely with other LU research centres, such as, Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR), Evaluating Child Health Outcomes (ECHO), Centre for Research in Human Development and Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH).

Key Features

Learn from experienced research faculty from across the health sciences, social sciences, basic sciences, and humanities.
Available full or part-time. Full-time students benefit from a guaranteed graduate teaching assistantship.
Training is achieved through core courses, a comprehensive exam process, and the development and defense of a thesis.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can rest assured knowing there is a multitude of career options they can explore post-graduation. Some career options include, but are not limited to: health administration, public health, research and academics. 

Many careers can be found in the public and private sector.

 

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Program Details

Faculty Members

One of the most important aspects of graduate training is the timely, clear identification of a Supervisor for each graduate student.  

All applicants must have a potential supervisor before applying. The supervisor can provide guidance on the application process, the proposed program of research and is required to sign the Supplementary Application form to confirm their review of your application and commitment to supervise. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors early to discuss common research interests and potential for supervision.
 

Name

Department

Accreditation Status

Research Interests

Carter, Lorraine

Nursing

Co-Supervisor

 

Cheu, Hoi

English

Supervisor

 

Coholic, Diana

Social Work

Supervisor

Arts?based methods; social work theory and clinical practice; group work; holistic and mindfulness?based practices; children's mental health; trauma and loss; resilience; qualitative methods

Côté-Meek, Sheila

Rural & Northern Health

Co-Supervisor

Indigenous research methodologies, Aboriginal health, and Aboriginal education and training. Current Research projects include: First Nations Tobacco Prevention and Intervention Strategies with Youth; Aboriginal women's leadership; First Nations Child Car Restraint Safety; and Aboriginal historical colonial violence and education

Couture, Roger

Human Kinetics

Supervisor

Performance enhancement; therapeutic wilderness adventure and health psychology (e.g., biofeedback, stress management, well being)

Crozier, Gillian

Philosophy

Co-Supervisor

Philosophy of the Life Sciences, including the Philosophy of Biology and Bioethics; ethics of ecological research

Dorman, Sandra

Human Kinetics

Supervisor

developing a resource guide exploring reproductive hazards for male and female workers in the mining environment; examining energy expenditure and nutrient needs understand stressful mental and physical occupations; examining school schedule in relation to nutrient needs

Eger, Tammy

Human Kinetics

Supervisor

Occupational health and safety; ergonomic and human factor principles related to occupational health and safety; quantitative methods

Ellaway, Rachel

University of Calgary

Co-Supervisor

 

Eys, Mark

Wilfrid Laurier U

Co-Supervisor

 

Gauthier, Alain

Human Kinetics

Co-Supervisor

Child Health, Francophone Health, Health Promotion and Education, Physical Activity and Health, Rural Health

Jacklin, Kristen

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)

Supervisor

Aboriginal peoples health; cultural understandings of illness; intersection of Indigenous and biomedical healing traditions as they influence community-based and mainstream health care and Aboriginal health policy with a current emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and diabetes. Methods: Community?based participatory research; qualitative mixed methods

James, Susan

Midwifery

Supervisor

 

Johnson, Jennifer

Women's Studies

Co-Supervisor

 

Kauppi, Carol

Social Work

Supervisor

Social justice issues in northern and Aboriginal communities (e.g., girlhood; adolescence, motherhood, young mothers, parenting, postpartum depression, homelessness, housing); racism; child and family poverty; qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research)

Larivière, Céline

Human Kinetics

Supervisor

further describe the functions of muscle plakins, such as dystonin and microtubule-actin crosslinking factor (MACF) molecules, in striated muscle using a variety of cellular and molecular biological approaches as well as using both in vitro (cell culture) and in vivo models (transgenic mice)

Larivière, Michel

Human Kinetics

Supervisor

Mental health; mental health and vulnerable populations; quantitative methods; inferential methodologies

Larocque, Sylvie

Sciences infirmières

Supervisor

the impact of chronic illness on children and their families including family centered care; career plans of nursing graduates, educational and health issues involving Francophone populations of all ages living in Northern and Rural communities; oth quantitative and qualitative methods

Lefebvre, Pascal

Orthophonie

Co-Supervisor

 

Lewko, John

Rural & Northern  Health

Supervisor

Human error; Risk?taking; Youth and Working; Injury prevention; Human Security; Occupational health and safety; Accident investigation; Integration of services; Policy analysis; Program evaluation

Lightfoot, Nancy

Rural & Northern  Health

Supervisor

Community?based health research & methods; northern & rural health; Aboriginal health; health services (travel for care; client satisfaction; provider recruitment, retention and job satisfaction); chronic disease development, progression, & survival

Maar, Marion

NOSM

Supervisor

Chronic disease; Aboriginal health; rural health; mental health; e?health; cross cultural research ethics; qualitative methods; quantitative methods mixed methods

Manitowabi, Darrel

Indigenous Relations

Co-Supervisor

impact of socioeconomic interventions on Anishinaabe wellbeing; urban Aboriginal issues; Indigenous issues such as casinos, ethnohistory, rural-urban migrations, neoliberalism, diabetes and traditional medicine

Marsh, David

NOSM

Supervisor

 

Mawhiney, Anne-Marie

Rural & Northern Health

Co-Supervisor

 

Minor-Corriveau, Michèle

Orthophonie

Co-Supervisor

 

Moeke-Pickering, Taima

Indigenous Relations

Co-Supervisor

Indigenous theories and pedagogies particularly highlighting teaching practices, the situating of self-determination and decolonisation factors in the classroom; food security and food sovereingty with Maori communities in the Eastern Bay of Plenty Area

Montgomery, Phyllis

Nursing

Supervisor

 

Oddson, Bruce

Human Kinetics

Supervisor

Health, wellness, and learning

Omri, Abdel

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Supervisor

Lipid-based drug and vaccine delivery system

Pallard, Henri

Droit et justice

Supervisor

 

Perron, Melanie

Psychologie

Supervisor

 

Persinger, Michael

Psychology

Supervisor

 

Ritchie, Stephen

Human Kinetics

Co-Supervisor

 

Roy-Charland, Annie

Psychology

Supervisior

 

Rukholm, Ellen

Nursing

Supervisor

 

Schinke, Robert

Human Kinetics

Supervisor

Sport and physical activity, qualitative methods, multicultural investigations, community research.

Strasser, Roger

NOSM

Supervisor

 

Tremblay, Line

Psychology

Supervisor

 

Tufford, Lea

Social Work

Co-Supervisor

 

Urajnik, Diana

McMaster U

Co-Supervisor

 

Virchez, Jorge

Géographie

Co-Supervisor

 

Walker, Jennifer

Rural & Northern Health

Co-Supervisor

 

Warry, Wayne

Rural & Northern  Health

Supervisor

Aboriginal health research

Watson, Shelley

Psychology

Supervisor

intellectual disabilities, human rights, and sexuality;  families of children with autism and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD); sexual knowledge and attitudes of individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities; sex education and disability, genetic testing, and ethics around disability

Wenghofer, Elizabeth

Rural & Northern  Health

Supervisor

Physician performance; quality improvement; continuing professional development; continuing medical education; professional governance and regulation; health human resources; international medical graduates; health policy; secondary data analysis; survey design; quantitative analysis.

Whissell, Cynthia

Psychology

Supervisor

language and how language conveys emotions

Yantzi, Nicole

Environmental Studies

Co-Supervisor

daily environments of children and youth with disabilities and their families; explores how the policies, designs and organization of homes, schools, and neighbourhoods can impact the participation of children and youth with disabilities

Yeo, Michael

Philosophy

Supervisor

 

Young, Nancy

Rural & Northern  Health

Supervisor

Rural and northern children’s health

John Lewko

John Lewko

School of Rural and Northern Health
Nancy Lightfoot

Nancy Lightfoot

School of Rural and Northern Health
Jennifer Walker

Jennifer Walker

School of Rural and Northern Health
Elizabeth Wenghofer

Elizabeth Wenghofer

School of Rural and Northern Health
Nancy Young

Nancy Young

School of Rural and Northern Health