Community Health and Epidemiology
Location: Centre for Clinical Research
5790 University Avenue
Halifax, NS
B3H 1V7
Telephone: (902) 494-3860
Fax: (902) 494-1597


The Department of Community Health and Epidemiology is a research intensive department that provides leadership in the areas of population health and patient-centered outcomes research, disease prevention, health promotion, policy development and assessment of community health service and system needs.  It is part of Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine, which has primary responsibility for training new physicians in the Maritime Provinces and is closely affiliated with major teaching hospitals. The Department includes 24 core faculty members, who have expertise in a number of disciplines including epidemiology, biostatistics, occupational/environmental health, population health, health services research, nutrition, sociology and health informatics. They have substantial national funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as well as provincial funding from Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF). The Department also includes over 36 cross-appointed members drawn from a wide range of disciplines such as clinical medicine, health professions, engineering and basic and social sciences. The Department of Community Health and Epidemiology is home to the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), the Health and Environments Research Centre (HERC), and Health Data Nova Scotia (HDNS), and many research projects.  Affiliated units include the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) and the Nova Scotia Health (NSH) Research Methods Unit (RMU).