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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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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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Student Programs

Student Programs at the IHSP currently offer students 4 unique opportunities to be involved in health and social policy.

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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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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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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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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 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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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.

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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Moving evidence to policy for health, well-being and equity

The Institute for Health and Social Policy occupies a central role at McGill University as a multidisciplinary centre for research, training and knowledge mobilization on issues of health and social policy. The IHSP conducts and supports world-class research on how social conditions impact the health, well-being and resilience of people and communities, and leads programs designed to translate research findings into policies and programs on local, provincial, national and global scales. The Institute is committed to building collaborations with policymakers, communities and researchers to effectively move evidence to policy.

2018 Upcoming Events


6 & 7, 2018 HCALM Annual International Research Conference - All-day off-site conference, more details to come.


28- July 11, 2018 The PROSPERED Summer Workshops 



18Urban Food Policy and Systems: From Research to Practice - Off site conference



26 & 27 - Legalizing Marijuana in Canada: Policy Challenges - All-day off-site conference.











Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) | Charles Meredith House | Room 101| 1130 Pine Avenue West, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1A3



04/06: The Prognosis, our student led Global Health journal, is hot off the press! Read it here


04/05: Our new policy brief is up! Explore the ins and outs of marijuana legalization in Canada


03/31: Virtual Diploma in Primary Health Care Management, starting in May (taught in Spanish)