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Vol. 22 - November 2021
Epidemiology, IHPME Holiday Party, and Announcing DLSPH's Plan to Return to In-Person
MPH: Epidemiology
Interview with Dr. Ashleigh Tuite

Dr. Ashleigh Tuite

Assistant Professor 

Tell us about yourself; your current work at the School and beyond, and the various positions you hold in your field.

I am an Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at the DLSPH. I use mathematical modelling to understand how and why communicable diseases spread in populations and to think about how to improve decision-making for communicable disease prevention and control. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have served on the Ontario Modelling Consensus Table. I also recently started a role at the National Advisory Committee on Immunization Secretariat, focused on incorporating health economic evidence into vaccine recommendations.

You’re also an alumnus of the School. Tell us about your experiences as a student and how your time there had an impact on your career.

I started my MPH as a mature student and with a fair amount of trepidation! The diversity of students and faculty backgrounds, experiences, and interests was a highlight of the program for me. That network is something that I rely on to this day. More pragmatically, my second practicum took place during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. This resulted in me building my first mathematical model (looking at vaccine prioritization) and cemented my interest in the field.

You have played a pivotal role in the information about the pandemic. How have the last 18 months been for you

It has been the longest and shortest time of my life. It has been fulfilling to use my skills to try to help with the response. And it has been incredibly eye-opening to see the policy-making process up close. As someone with a more quantitative bent, I didn’t fully appreciate the importance and challenges of communication and advocacy in public health. I have such tremendous appreciation for everyone who has pushed for a better pandemic response, whether it be behind the scenes or on the public stage.


IHPME Moonshot 2021 and Holiday Party
Managing Burnout and Promoting Wellness in the Health Care Workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the long-standing problem of burnout, which, in addition to its personal toll on health care workers, has been linked to higher costs and poorer outcomes for patients. Burnout is also associated with decreased productivity and health workforce attrition.

Moonshot 2021 will examine this issue by looking at the broad, system-level changes needed to address burnout and promote wellness in the health care workforce. What new approaches should be taken?

Join us for a panel discussion on the impact of burnout on staff and leaders, and the kind of collaboration and integration needed to manage this problem!
Learn More & Register Here
Upcoming Webinar: Misinformation Kills. Learn How to Counter It
You are invited to join a webinar: Misinformation Kills. Learn How to Counter It with WHO's Operation Fides. 

Join the World Health Organization's Andy Pattison (Team Lead, Digital Channels) and Caitlin Childs (Digital Marketing, Digital Channels) to learn about WHO's Operation Fides -- a growing network of health professionals and health sciences students learning best practices in addressing health misinformation on social media. DLSPH Dean Steini Brown will offer introductory remarks.
Register Here
Return to In-​Person Classes Announcement – Winter Term 2022
After extensive research and careful consideration of multiple academic and social factors and public health guidance, we have decided to return to in-person courses for the Winter 2022 term!

Thank you to all of our students, faculty, staff, and post-doctoral fellows for your patience during this transition, as we work to balance our School’s educational and research responsibilities with the need for a flexible, equitable, and safe return for our entire community. Faculty members, you will receive a follow-up email with further details shortly. Students, please watch for an email inviting you to join me for a Q&A on our plans next week.

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Dispatches from the field
Julie Foisy
MPH Epidemiology, 2009

Student Success Centre,
Concordia University

The MPH Epidemiology program is rigorous; this is not your generic MPH program. I joined this degree to better understand, interpret and conduct research and this is exactly the learning I received (and so much more!) The professors were approachable and my peers were brilliant. The exposure to new ideas, the approach to understanding scientific research, and the network I made during my time at DLSPH continue to impact my decisions every day, even though I am no longer working directly in the field of public health.  

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Upcoming Opportunities
School of Continuing Studies $550 Credit for Alumni

The School of Continuing Studies offers more than 700 courses in a wide range of program areas to fit your interests, and schedule, as you continue to pursue your love of learning. We have recently made the Alumni Benefit more accessible by extending the timeframe in which the benefit can be used from two years after convocation, to five years. If you have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program in June 2018 or later, you qualify for an alumni discount of $550 to use towards any 1 course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Claim an alumni discount of $550 to use towards a course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies! 
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Nomination for Alumni Governor Seats 

Are you an alumni member committed to the mission of Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery, and knowledge creation? Are you looking for a way to make a significant volunteer contribution to the University of Toronto? If so, consider applying for one of three alumni governor seats on the Governing Council, the senior body that oversees the University’s academic, business, and student affairs.

The College of Electors is seeking candidates who are inspired to enrich the University with special perspectives, experiences, and connections; who will actively participate in the governance of the University; and who will reflect the diversity of the University’s alumni. Read More.

Apply Here
In Case You Missed It
  • U of T to mark Remembrance Day with virtual ceremonies. UofT News.
  • With his PhD complete, U of T grad Aaron Cabral is pursuing career in drug discovery. UofT News.
  • Ontario has received about 26 million rapid COVID-19 tests. Why is it so hard to find one? Toronto Star.
  • Pandemic recovery could be opportunity for greener health-care system, advocates say. Global News.
  • The race to make indoor air safer ahead of another COVID-19 winter. University Affairs.
  • New fellowship program places researchers in Ontario Health Teams to improve learning and health outcomes. DLSPH News.
  • François-Philippe Champagne, minister of innovation, science and industry, and U of T President Meric Gertler speak with C-CL3 lab manager Betty Poon during a tour of the infectious disease research facility. UofT News.
  • Listen to the newest episode of the Global Health Matters podcast, hosted by alumnus Garry Aslanyan: Episode #8 Discoveries from vaccine implementation
Watch all Past DLSPH Webinars
Upcoming Events
  • Health Inc: Corporations, capitalism, and commercial determinants of health
    November 22 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT | Register
  • Health AI Ethics + Governance: The WHO Guidance, Can It Make a Difference?
    November 23 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT | Register
DLSPH Links & Resources
Visit the Institute for Pandemics Resource Hub
Stay In Touch! Update Your Address Here
ICES COVID-19 Sociodemographic Dashboard
Live Updates on COVID-​19 from DLSPH
#HowsMyFlattening Data Analytics and Visualization
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Annette Paul, Director of Advancement
Leanne Boutwell, Senior Development Officer (On Leave)
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Christina Ju, Advancement Assistant
Ishra Haq, Advancement Assistant
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