Charles Palmer Larson

Charles Palmer Larson
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Global health programs, School of Population and Global health

Email address: 
charles.larson [at]

Dr. Larson completed his medical degree and subsequent specializations in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine & Public Health at McGill University. As a medical student he was a co-founder of the Pointe St Charles Community Health Centre, precursor to Quebec's local community clinic system of primary care. In many ways this was his introduction to global health and his eventual career path. His actual global health career began in 1987 when he joined the McGill-Ethiopia Strengthening Community Health Project, which he directed from 1989 to 1992. Dr. Larson then returned to McGill as an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health (EBOH). He also headed the McGill Global Health Office within the Faculty of Medicine and led a five year McGill population child health project in Chelyabinsk Russia. In 2002 Dr. Larson moved to Bangladesh where, on secondment from McGill, he directed the Health Systems and Infectious Diseases Division at the International Centre for Diarrheal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), In 2008 Dr. Larson returned to Canada, joining the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia as Professor and Director of the UBC-BC Children's Hospital Centre for International Child Health (CICH). In 2015 Dr. Larson returned to Montreal at which time he assumed his current role as National Coordinator of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) and as an adjunct professor has been teaching in McGill Global Health Program. Dr. Larson’s interests focus on capacity building and in development or delivery research in support of the scale up of life saving interventions in under-five children.



Areas of expertise: 

Global health Maternal and child health Transitioning to scale

Adjunct Professors
Research areas: 
Global Health
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Keywords: Current research: Child survival: validation and Scale up of "Smart Discharges" program in Uganda. This intervention has been demonstrated to reduce under-five mortality by 50% among children admitted for a serious infectious illness. Development of harmonized measurement tools addressing 1. the quality of partnerships between HIC and LMIC country institutions, 2. the quality of patient-provider interaction during labour and delivery in LMICs, and 3. male engagement in women's and children's health.

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