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Andrew Papadopoulos

Coordinator, Master of Public Health Program   |   Associate Professor   |   BASc, MBA, PhD, CIPHI(C)


I have experience as a public health professional within a local public health agency, as an executive director with a public health association, and as an educator and administrator with two public health education programs. My research interests centre on population health interventions by exploring and guiding public health policy development, program implementation, practice, and outcome evaluation, all with the purpose of creating a more effective, proactive public health system. I am the current Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies, University of Guelph, as well as the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, and the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools. I am the immediate past chair of the Natural, Physical, and Engineering Science Research Ethics Board, University of Guelph, and the Canadian Network of Schools and Programs of Population and Public Health. I sit on numerous other public health-related committees and boards (see Service to Society for details).

Research Interests

I have a specific interest in the area of environmental public health issues, and public health policy and administration. Further, I have an interest in public health education both within a university and workplace setting, and university student wellness. However, my research interests span across all of public health. Please refer to the Selected Publications section to browse some of my recent research activities. My main research interests include:

  • Developing a better understanding of university and youth student wellness with the aim of developing more effective proactive programs
  • ​Exploring post-secondary public health teaching and education to create an innovative learning experience
  • Assessing and advising on amending environmental public health practice in Canada
  • Researching how public health policy is developed and analyzing the process to advise on improvements
  • Applying proven administration processes and techniques to improve public health program development
  • Working with priority communities to build an infrastructure to maximize their community health

Graduate Students

Prospective Graduate Students should contact me as early as possible to discuss their research and these should align with my research interests noted above. If you would like to work with me, please send an email introducing yourself, your background, and your area(s) of research interest. As well, please attach a copy of your unofficial transcript. Please visit the Department of Population Medicine for further information on applying. The University of Guelph encourages students to find their own funding. I generally supervise students that align with my research focus only.

Prospective Undergraduate Students can contact me at any time via email regarding independent study courses or undergraduate thesis.  Ensure that your interest aligns with my research topics. I will continue to supervise undergraduate students completing either a literature review or a full study.

*denotes Advisor

PhD in Population Medicine (Public Health)
Caroline Bravo - Health communication and the HPV DNA test for cervical cancer
Brendan Dougherty* - Antimicrobial Stewardship in Canada
Steven Lam* (co-advisor with Dr. Sherilee Harper) - Impact of climate change on food safety
Konrad Lisnyj* - Impact of stress on post-secondary acadeic performance
Zoë Martos* - Knowledge translation and climate change in northern Indigenous populations
Matthew Pike* (co-advisor with Dr. Sherilee Harper)
Aarabhi Rajendiran* - Developmental evaluation with a coalition of community agencies
Jocelyn Rivers* - Understanding network integration for better health outcomes
Erin Rodenburg* - Supporting agencies working with adults with developmental disabilities
Abhinand Thaivalappil* - Food safety among older adults

PhD in Population Medicine (Epidemiology)
None at this time

MSc in Population Medicine (Public Health) by Thesis
Aria Keshoofy* - Student Mental Health

MSc in Population Medicine (Epidemiology) by Thesis
Andrea Cimino - Shade management plan in public parks
Sarah Gower* - Suporting pregnancy after stillbirth

MSc in Population Medicine (Public Health) by Course Work
None at this time

MSc in Population Medicine (Epidemiology) by Course Work
Xinyi Xu - Rabies in China

All MPH students
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MSc in Food Science (Food Safety and Quality Assurance)
None at this time

Former Graduate Students

*denotes Advisor

PhD in Population Medicine (Epidemiology)

MSc in Population Medicine (Epidemiology)

CWMSc in Population Medicine (Epidemiology)

MSc in Food Science (Food Safety and Quality Assurance)


I currently teach the following courses. Public Health Policy and Systems and Public Health Administration are both required courses within the Master of Public Health program. Applied Public Health Research is an elective course:

Professional Experience & Honours

  • Former Director, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University
  • ​Former Executive Director, Association of Local Public Health Agencies (Ontario)
  • Certified Public Health Inspector

Service to Society

At the University of Guelph

  • Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses Steering Committee member
  • Coordinator, Master of Public Health Program
  • Department of Population Medicine Graduate Committee member
  • University of Guelph Senate member
  • University of Guelph Board of Graduate Studies (Chair)


Outside of the University of Guelph

Selected Publications

Recent Publications

Search PubMed for additional publications by Dr. Papadopoulos.