School Units and Directors

School of Population and Global Health

Photo of Dr. Tim EvansInaugural Director and Associate Dean,
School of Population and Global Health
Associate Vice-Principal
Global Policy and Innovation

Timothy Evans
timothy.evans [at]
514 398-5776

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Tim joined McGill University in September 2019, as the Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) in the Faculty of Medicine and Associate Vice-Principal (Global Policy and Innovation). He joins McGill after a 6 year tenure as the Senior Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group. From 2010 to 2013, Tim was Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Senior Advisor to the BRAC Health Program. From 2003 to 2010, he was Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to this, he served as Director of the Health Equity Theme at the Rockefeller Foundation. Earlier in his career he was an attending physician of internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and was Assistant Professor in International Health Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Tim has been at the forefront of advancing global health equity and strengthening health systems delivery for more than 20 years. At WHO, he led the Commission on Social Determinants of Health and oversaw the production of the annual World Health Report. He has been a co-founder of many partnerships including the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) as well as efforts to increase access to HIV treatment for mothers and innovative approaches to training community-based midwives in Bangladesh. Tim received his Medical Degree from McMaster University in Canada and was a Research and Internal Medicine Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He earned a D.Phil. in Agricultural Economics from University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Biomedical Ethics

Photo of Dr. Jonathan KimmelmanDirector
Professor Jonathan Kimmelman
jonathan.kimmelman [at]
514 398-3306/8349

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Jonathan Kimmelman is a James McGill Professor in the Biomedical Ethics Unit / Social Studies of Medicine. He has cross-appointments in Experimental Medicine, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, and Human Genetics. Kimmelman holds a PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, and joined McGill in 2005. His research revolves around the ethical, social and policy dimensions of translational research. He received the Institute of Genetics Maud Menten New Investigator Prize, a CIHR New Investigator Award (2008) and a Friedrich Bessel- Humboldt Award (2014). Kimmelman chaired the ethics committee of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, 2008-2010, and chairs the ethics committee of the International Society of Stem Cell Research. He also served on the CIHR Stem Cell Oversight Committee, is a current member of the Gene and Cell Therapy DSMB of U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and has been a member of two U.S. Institute of Medicine committee reports.  His book, Gene Transfer and the Ethics of First-in-Human Trials: Lost in Translation, was published by Cambridge University Press. In 2018, he was named as a Hastings Center Fellow.

Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health

Photo of Dr. Robert W. PlattInterim Department Chair
Professor Robert W. Platt
robert.platt [at]
514 398-6259/4503

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Robert Platt is Professor and Chair of the department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health (EBOH) at McGill University, and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He is a Senior Investigator at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre and the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital, and Investigator at the McGill Pharmacoepidemiology Research Unit, and holds the Albert Boehringer I endowed chair in Pharmacoepidemiology. Dr. Platt is the Executive Co-Lead and leader of the Methods team of the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES). His research focuses on improving methods for the study of medications using administrative data, with an emphasis on methods for causal inference and a substantive focus on medications in pregnancy. Dr. Platt is an editor-in-chief of Statistics in Medicine and is on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Epidemiology and Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety. He has published over 350 articles, one book and several book chapters on biostatistics and epidemiology.

Institute of Health & Social Policy

Photo of Dr. Arijit NandiInterim Director
Dr. Arijit Nandi
arijit.nandi [at]

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Arijit Nandi holds a Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Global Health. He is an Associate Professor at McGill University appointed at the Institute for Health and Social Policy, where he serves as the Interim Director, and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, where he serves as the Epidemiology Program Director.

A former Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Harvard University, Arijit received a PhD from the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In his research, Arijit is generally interested in the understanding the effects of programs and policies on health and health inequalities in a global context using experimental and quasi-experimental approaches. He is Principal Investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded Foundation Scheme grant that supports the multidisciplinary PROSPERED project. PROSPERED brings together an international team of investigators, trainees, and knowledge users to estimate the effects of public policies on health and social inequality. Arijit is also a founding member of the Public Policy and Population Health Observatory (3PO) at McGill, a lab that includes faculty and trainees studying the effects of policies and programs on health and health inequality using quasi-experimental and experimental methods.


McGill Global Health Programs

Photo of Dr. Charles LarsonInterim Director
Dr. Charles Larson
charles.larson [at]
514 398-8564 (General Inquiries)

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Dr. Larson completed his medical degree and subsequent specializations in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine & Public Health at McGill University. Spanning more than 30 years, Dr. Larson’s academic career has primarily focused on capacity building and implementation research to support the scaling up of life-saving interventions for children under the age of five. From 1989 to 1992 Dr. Larson directed the McGill-Ethiopia Strengthening Community Health Project, before returning to Canada where he directed the McGill Global Health Office within the Faculty of Medicine and led a five-year McGill Population and 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, he joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia as Professor and Director of BC Children’s Hospital Centre for International Child Health. In 2015, Dr. Larson returned to Montreal where he joined the Department of EBOH and the McGill Global Health programs, for which he currently serves as the interim director. Dr. Larson is also and the National Coordinator of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR).

Administrative Excellence Centre (AEC3)

Photo of Tasha AyindeAssociate Director
Tasha Ayinde
tasha.ayinde [at]
514 398-3105

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Tasha Ayinde is Associate Director, Administration, responsible for seven departments within the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, including: Global Health Programs, McGill Centre for Viral Diseases, Social Studies of Medicine, Institute for Health and Social Policy, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity and the School of Population and Global Health. Ms. Ayinde oversees the strategic operations and administration of the departments and serves as senior advisor to the chairs and directors. A graduate of Simon Fraser University, British Columbia and McGill University, Montreal, Ms. Ayinde also holds a Master of Public Policy and Public Administration degree from Concordia University.

Ms. Ayinde has worked within the higher education sector for the past fourteen years. Her research and professional interests include health policy, organizational development, issues related to governance and program evaluation. Prior to joining McGill University, she worked as a human resource consultant in her own firm, servicing public and private organizations and held management positions within the British Columbia provincial government, private sector and not-for-profit groups. Ms. Ayinde has actively participated and sat on various steering committees such as the Faculty of Medicine's Think Dangerously Strategic Planning Initiative, Family Medicine Task Force and the Dean of Medicine Global Health Task Force. She formally sat on the Administrative Excellence Project Team, the Executive Committee for the Institute of Public Health and Population Health and the Dean of Medicine Awards of Excellence Selection Committee. Ms. Ayinde is the Co-Chair, Global Health Group, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada and was most recently appointed as Co-Chair, Policy and Advocacy Committee for the Canadian Coalition of Global Health Research (2020).


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