Health Inequalities and Global Health Policy

Policy Groups at McGill

International Research Infrastructure on Social Inequalities in Health (IRIS)

IRIS is a laboratory infrastructure recently created and funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and dedicated to the comparative study of health inequalities. Its main goal is to assess the contribution of social policies to the development of social inequalities in health over the life course. This research laboratory provides a physical location for collaborative work among researchers, research assistants, and student trainees and offers its members access to the latest computing and network technology, training, and multiple international and longitudinal databases.

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Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID)

McGill University’s Board of Governors formally created the Institute for the Study of International Development in December 2008, and it has already become a leader in cutting-edge research and teaching related to international development.  ISID’s raison d'être stems from its strengths in the social sciences and humanities. This allows the ISID to provide a unique reality check often lacking in policy discussions regarding some of the most fundamental challenges of today, including food security, health and climate change, to name but a few.

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Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP)

The Institute supports world-class research on how social conditions impact population health and welfare.  In particular it aims to translate research findings in the area of social inequalities and health outcome into concrete provincial, national and global 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 the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) best practices in health policy and services.

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Centre on Population Dynamics

Established in May 2012, the Centre on Population Dynamics’ (CPD) principal aim is to facilitate ground-breaking research on topics relating to health, work, family, aging, and migration that are central to the lives of individuals and vital to the prosperity of societies.  To examine these complex issues from multiple perspectives, they have brought together the talents of some of McGill’s premier researchers in sociology, economics, geography, and epidemiology.  The 29 affiliated faculty members hold numerous prestigious awards including membership in the Royal Society of Canada and Canada Research Chairs. By creating an intellectual community which promotes the lively exchange of ideas and innovations from different disciplines, CPD will not only foster original collaborative research projects among faculty, but it will also develop rare training opportunities where students are directly mentored by multidisciplinary teams of advisors.

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