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Erica Di Ruggiero
Principal Investigator

Director of the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health

Associate Professor, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Public Health - University of Toronto
MHSc, Community Nutrition - University of Toronto
BSc in Nutritional Sciences - University of Toronto

Erica Di Ruggiero is Director for the Office of Global Public Health Education & Training, Director of the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health, and Associate Professor, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto). Prior to joining the university, she was the inaugural Deputy Scientific Director with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Population and Public Health. She led the design, implementation and evaluation of research, partnership and knowledge translation initiatives to address priorities including health equity, environments and health, global health and population health intervention research. She served on the Management Committee for the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health Program in Africa, as Honorary Vice President, American Public Health Association and chair, Canadian Public Health Association. She has also held adjunct and status faculty appointments at the University of Toronto. Erica obtained her BSc in Nutritional Sciences, a Masters of Health Science (community nutrition) and a PhD in public health sciences from the University of Toronto. She is a registered dietitian. Her research interests include the study of population health interventions (policies, programs), their health and health equity impacts, global labour policy and policy agenda setting processes that affect health and health equity, the evaluation of global health research capacity building, and of knowledge utilization and exchange strategies to influence public health decision-making at national and global levels.

The public health landscape has changed significantly in the last decade, resulting in a stronger focus on the upstream factors that influence health and health equity.