MPH Summer Practicum Student

Position Type: Summer Full-time (May-August, depending on program requirements)

Date Ad Posted: 02/05/2018

Job Region: Downtown Toronto

Application Deadline: 02/20/2018

The Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR – is a non-profit and non-partisan organization associated with the University of Toronto and St Michael’s Hospital. CGHR’s mission is to lead high-quality public health research that advances global health for all, with particular attention to the world’s poorest populations. Its flagship project, the Million Death Study (MDS), is run in collaboration with the Government of India and documents causes of death across the country.

Two MPH practicum positions will be open for the Summer 2018.  Length of practicum is generally 16 weeks, but will be determined by university requirements. The student will work closely with a team of multidisciplinary and international scientists, researchers and analysts working on large-scale epidemiology research projects. Potential projects for the summer of 2018 include examining roles of certain risk factors for major causes of childhood mortality or global tobacco control. 



  • Students are expected to design an analysis strategy using a large dataset derived from nationally-representative population surveys. Student will synthesize results to present data and contribute to summarizing results in manuscript form. Students are expected to efficiently and independently search and utilize literature sources. Demonstrated ability to be an enthusiastic and self-motivated learner, work well independently and within a team, and be a critical thinker is essential to this position. 



  • Current MPH student in good standing; Preference will be given to student specializing in Epidemiology
  • Familiarity with research methods/ techniques, and demonstrated experience with search methods, literature reviews, statistical techniques and quantitative methods is essential
  • Ability to collect, compile data and information in a presentable format
  • Proficiency in a statistical language e.g. R, STATA is required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Accuracy of work, time management skills, and ability to meet deadlines is essential
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new skills and adapt quickly to changing requirements
  • Excellent oral and writing skills and a detail-oriented approach to work
  • Interest in health issues of developing countries, and any prior experience in global health research will be an asset


Job Contact Information:

Please send a cover letter and CV with references to Prof. Prabhat Jha ( and Dr. Shaza Fadel ( quote “MPH Summer 2018” in the subject line.

Deadline for applications: Feb. 20, 2018

CGHR thanks all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. CGHR has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.