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  • Healthier Societies Initiative--Do you have a regular doctor?

    Healthier Societies Initiative

    The Healthier Societies Initiative identifies policy solutions that address rising health care costs and improve population health outcomes and provides intuitive, interactive tools to help the Canadian public better understand their health system.

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  • MACHEquity

    Maternal and Child Health Equity research program

    The Maternal and Child Health Equity research program seeks to examine how social policies focused on reducing poverty, income and gender inequality have an impact on the burden of disease among children and women under the age of 50.

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  • The Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium

    The Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium

    Led by Nicholas B. King and Daniel Weinstock, MHERC researchers draw on methods from philosophy, epidemiology, and behavioral psychology to identify novel ethical frameworks to guide public policy and public health interventions that address health equity.

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  • Measuring Global Health

    Measuring Global Health

    The disability-adjusted life-year (DALY) developed as part of the Global Burden of Disease study has been hugely controversial. Dr. Voigt seeks to evaluate the suitability of this measure for its intended and actual use in policy decisions

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  • Baumgartner Research Group

    Exposure to harmful pollutants from cooking with wood and coal is the single leading environmental health risk factor. Dr. Baumgartner researches the effectiveness of novel rural energy interventions in reducing air pollution exposures and improving health

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  • Life Satisfaction in Quebec

    The Québec convergence and Canadian life satisfaction, 1985--2008

    Using 25 years of the Canadian General Social Survey, Dr. Barrington-Leigh examines trends in life satisfaction and economic and social variables and find that Québec has undergone a remarkable upward shift in mean life satisfaction.

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  • Transnational Physician Migration

    The Transnational Migration of Physicians in the Twentieth Century

    Dr. Wright's research group investigates the impact of complex patterns of physician migration, focusing on the impact on source countries and their public health infrastructures and the role of foreign-trained doctors in the evolution of public policy.

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  • Institute for Health and Social Policy, Charles Meredith Building

    Institute for Health and Social Policy

    The McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy was created to conduct and support world-class research on how social conditions impact population health and welfare.

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  • Student Programs

    Student Programs

    Student Programs at the IHSP currently offer students 3 unique opportunities to be involved in health and social policy.

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  • Social Inequalities in Child Health

    Social Inequalities in Child Health

    Dr. Elgar examines social inequalities in children's health and social development, focusing on the impact of deprivation and income inequality on school violence and mental health, and the protective roles schools, neighbourhoods and families can play.

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Institute for Health and Social Policy

Welcome to the Institute for Health and Social Policy!

The Institute was founded as part of McGill’s cross-faculty Health and Society initiative and speaks not only to McGill’s longstanding commitment to excellence in research issues at the intersection of Medicine and the Arts, but also the University’s pre-eminent position in public policy. In particular the IHSP aims to translate research findings in the area of social inequalities and health outcome into concrete provincial, national and international policies. Through the generosity of donors, the Institute also administers two programs: the McBurney Latin America Program, which focuses on training in Latin America; and the Healthier Societies Initiative, which examines OECD best practices in health policy and services.  We invite you to read more about the Institute’s activities and opportunities for student internships both at McGill and abroad.


Association Among Socioeconomic Status, Health Behaviors, and All-Cause Mortality in the United States  

Epidemiology. Nandi et al. find that smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical inactivity explain 68% of the association between socioeconomic status and all-cause mortality in US adults. The study suggests that reducing socioeconomic disparities in unhealthy behaviors can also reduce socioeconomic disparities in mortality.

Disability Weights in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?  

Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Voigt and King discuss the global burden of disease (GBD) 2010 study, which allows a standardized comparison between health conditions with different symptoms. They highlight both the improvements and the limitations of using GBD data as a tool for policy decisions and resource allocation. 

Diabetes Associated With Early Labor-Force Exit: A Comparison Of Sixteen High-Income Countries 

Health Affairs.Researchers with the Healthier Societies Initiative find that people diagnosed with diabetes had a 30 percent increase in the rate of labor-force exit, compared to people without the disease. 

Men Get More Bang for their Healthcare Buck

Published in the American Journal of Public Health, Barthold et al. demonstrate that for every dollar spent on health care, men stand to gain more than women in terms of life expectancy.



For a list of upcoming IHPS seminars, click here.

Upcoming Half Day conference:  Controversy and Dialogue about Conscientious Objection in Clinical Care