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HSI has trained and continues to train undergraduate, masters and doctoral students in health policy analysis. HSI has funded several postdoctoral fellows and has trained several groups of undergraduate and masters-level interns.


Past Postdoctoral Fellows

Juliet Rumball-Smith is a medical doctor and public health physician who received her MBChB from the University of Otago and was admitted as a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (Royal College of Physicians) in 2009. She received her MA (Dist) in Public Health from the University of Otago in 2007 (her dissertation examining the impact of policy on the quality of care received by elderly hospital patients), and has recently submitted her PhD in Epidemiology. Prior to joining the Institute as a post-doctoral fellow, she investigated the quality of hospital care received by NZ Maori (the indigenous population of NZ) compared with that received by NZ Europeans, as part of a three-year Clinical Research Training Fellowship awarded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand. Health policy, equity in social and health outcomes, and the quality of health care are some of Juliet’s research interests.


Past HSI Interns

Alex Nevitte is currently completing her BA degree in honours political science and Canadian studies. Her research interests include Canadian public policy, with a particular focus on disparities in health and education outcomes across Canadian communities. Alex’s interest in a cross-Canadian perspective was developed throughout her time travelling and volunteering in the Katimavik program. She continues to volunteer with Frontier College, a national literacy organization. Outside of class and volunteering, Alex enjoys playing for the McGill Ultimate Frisbee team, as well as any other intramural or pick-up games she can find. Alex was a member of the team researching health care delivery for Canadians with diabetes.

Martin Ciglenecki completed a BA in History at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON and went on to do an MA in the History of Medicine and Social Policy at McGill University. His research interests lie in the history of nutrition and public health in the early twentieth century.

Victoria Yang completed her B.A. Joint Honours in Sociology and Psychology, as well as a minor in Politics, Law, and Society at McGill. Her research interests include the stratification and inequality of health, different populations’ access to healthcare, and the quality of Canada’s healthcare system. In particular, she is interested in public policy, and has completed an internship in the office of the Deputy Health Critic at Parliament Hill. Through this experience, she explored and identified many issues that Canadians often face while attempting to attain proper healthcare, and problematic policies that negatively affect the health of the population. Outside of school, Victoria is also involved in many endeavors including serving as President of the Sociology Students’ Association of the 2012-2013 year. Victoria was a member of the team researching primary care delivery.

Bianca Ponziani graduated from McGill in April 2013 with a Joint Honours in Environment and Political Science degree. Outside the classroom, she is co-VP of Corporate Relations of McGill’s Entrepreneurs’ Society (MUSE), was the Applied Student Research intern at the Office of Sustainability, and has performed with her string quintet in Montreal. While on exchange at Sciences Po Paris, she studied the nexus between health, environment, and public policy. Bianca believes that her work with the Healthier Societies Initiative will figure into her eventual practice of Health Law. Bianca was a member of the team researching primary care delivery.

Megan Lydon completed her undergraduate B.Sc. in the School of Environment studying Ecological Determinants of Health. Her recent honour’s thesis focused on the effects of soil consumption on childhood intestinal parasitic infection in rural Panama. She also carried out an internship with the Sociedad Mastozoológica de Panama linking hunting pressure, jaguar attacks on farms, and food security. In the past, Megan acted as a research assistant identifying human and environmental health indicators from interviews conducted with First Nations people affected by the Alberta oil sands. She is particularly interested in the relationship between health policy and effective measures to improve the health of vulnerable populations. Megan was a member of the team researching health expenditures for older adults.

Katherine Ragan is in her final year at McGill University, and is pursuing a B.A. Honours in Political Science and Major in Economics. This background led her to develop a keen interest in the socio-economic determinants of heath and the effect of macroeconomic policy on health outcomes, both in Canada and abroad. She has a particular interest in the factors that drive people to change their behaviour with regards to health, and how public policy can be used to harness these factors. Her experience at the IHSP’s Healthier Societies Initiative will contribute to her future aspirations of graduate studies in public health, epidemiology, or public policy. Katherine was a member of the team researching health expenditures for older adults.

Betsy Szeto is currently in her second year, pursuing a major in Microbiology and Immunology and a minor in Philosophy. Deeply interested in global and public health, Betsy is passionate about improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of health systems so that high quality healthcare may be provided for more people who need it. Betsy is particularly interested in applying moral philosophy to health policy. After graduation, she plans to attend Medical School and to obtain a Masters in Public Health. Betsy was a member of the team researching health care delivery for Canadians with diabetes.