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Andrew Papadopoulos

Andrew Papadopoulos

Coordinator, Master of Public Health Program | Graduate Coordinator | Professor

 Pop Med Bldg. 212
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I am the Coordinator of the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Guelph. My professional background and experience include working within local public health agencies, serving as Executive Director with a provincial public health association, and as a university educator and administrator with two public health programs. I am the current chair of the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools, Canada, served as chair of the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health for seven years and as chair of the Canadian Network of Schools and Programs of Population and Public Health for three years. Additionally, I am past-chair of the Natural, Physical, and Engineering Science Research Ethics Board and the Board of Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph.

Research Interests

My research interests centre on population health interventions by specifically 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. Much of my recent work has centred on health communication, student mental health, food safety, and environmental public health. Further, I have an interest in public health education within university and workplace settings, and university student wellness. My research interests span across all areas of public health. Please refer to the Selected Recent Publications section to browse some of my research activities over the past five years. Specifically, my main research interests include:

  • Assessing health communication to improve the uptake of key population health messages
  • Developing a better understanding of and interventions to improve university student mental health and wellness
  • Exploring post-secondary public health teaching and education to create an innovative learning experience
  • Assessing and advising on environmental public health issues and 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

Current Graduate Students

  • Prospective Graduate Students should have research ideas aligning with my research interests noted above. Contact me as early as possible to discuss research opportunities. If you would like to inquire about working 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. My usual practice is to supervise students with interests that align directly with my research focus.

    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
    Max Carynnyk - Using school-based approaches to reduce UV-related cancer
    Brendan Dougherty* - Antimicrobial Stewardship in Canada
    Josephine Gaupholm* - (co-advisor with Dr. Matthew Little)
    Amber Gillespie* - Health system improvement
    Sydney Gosselin - Indoor tanning risk communication and policy
    Mercerina Lychek* - Improving equity in healthcare
    Zoë Martos* - Knowledge translation and climate change in northern Indigenous populations
    Aarabhi Rajendiran* - Developmental evaluation with a coalition of community agencies
    Jocelyn Rivers* - Understanding network integration for better health outcomes
    Jillian Stringer* - Mental health and student-athletes

    PhD in Population Medicine (Epidemiology)
    Vayshali Patel - Evaluating public understanding of public communications during multijurisdictional enteric outbreak investigations 
    Brenda Zai - Climate change factors and their impact on foodborne and waterborne pathogen dissemination in Canada's food system

    MSc in Population Medicine (Public Health) by Thesis
    Grant Hogan - To investigate how socio-environmental factors within the food system impact health equity in Canada and the WDGPH region
    Hisba Shereefdeen - Amplification of federal risk communication at the P/T level and by the media is not systematically conducted, varying by time, according to the message being conveyed, and by partner organization or media outlet 

    MSc in Population Medicine (Epidemiology) by Thesis
    None at this time

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

    MSc in Population Medicine (Epidemiology) by Course Work
    Erin Herborth – Student mental health

    All MPH students
    Click here to view the MPH Student Profiles

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

Former Graduate Students

*denotes Advisor

PhD in Population Medicine (Public Health)

PhD in Population Medicine (Epidemiology)

MSc in Population Medicine (Public Health)

MSc in Population Medicine (Epidemiology)

CWMSc in Population Medicine (Public Health)

CWMSc in Population Medicine (Epidemiology)

MSc in Food Science (Food Safety and Quality Assurance)



I currently teach Public Health Policy and Systems, Public Health Administration, Public Health Practicum, and Public Health Capstone which are required courses within the Master of Public Health program. I also coordinate the Public Health Practicum II which is an elective course within the Master of Public Health program:

Professional Experience & Honours

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
  • Academic Colleague, Council of Ontario Universities
  • President's Task Force on Student Mental Health co-chair

Outside of the University of Guelph

Selected Publications


Selected Recent Publications (Last 4 Years)

  • *Ford, Caitlin, MacKay, Melissa, Thaivalappil, Abhinand, McWhirter, Jennifer & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2023, November). Canadian federal actors’ Instagram accounts and the implications for vaccine uptake in young adults. Emerging Adulthood. 
  • *Lisnyj, Konrad T, Gillani, Nafisa, Pearl, David L, McWhirter, Jennifer E & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2023). Factors associated with stress impacting academic success among post-secondary students: A systematic review. Journal of American College Health, 71(3), 851-861.
  • Gosselin, Sydney, Thaivalappil, Abhinand, Papadopoulos, Andrew & McWhirter, Jennifer. (2023). Public health messaging to address indoor tanning: A scoping review. Journal of Health Communication, 28(4), 241-253.
  • *MacKay, Melissa, Thaivalappil, Abhinand, McWhirter, Jennifer, Gillis, Daniel & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2023). There was a lot of that [coercion and manipulation] happening and well, that's not very trustworthy”: A Qualitative study on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Canada. Review of Communication, 23(3), 165-182. https://doi:10.1080/15358593.2022.2123251 
  • *Pike, Matthew, Cunsolo, Ashlee, Papadopoulos, Andrew & Harper, Sherilee. (2023). Natural resource development and well-being in Inuit Nunangat: A scoping review. The Northern Review, 54(2023), 33-62.
  • Zahoor, Zoha, Papadopoulos, Andrew, Nowrouzi-Kia, Behdin, Ibrahim, Patty, Tadrous, Mina & Gohar, Basem. (2023). Behind the Counter: Exploring the Stressors and Lessons Learned by Ontario Pharmacists Working During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Health Services Insight, 2023(16), 1-7.
  • *Thaivalappil, Abhinand, Young, Ian, Pearl, David, Zhang, Ruijia & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2023). A cross-sectional study and observational assessment of shoppers’ COVID-19 prevention behaviours in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 17(e384).
  • *Gaupholm, Josephine, Dood, Warren, Papadopoulos, Andrew & Little, Matthew. (2023). Exploring the Double Burden of Malnutrition at the Household Level in the Philippines: Analysis of 2013 National Nutrition Survey Data. PLOS One, 18(7 e0288402), 1-18.
  • *Gower, Sarah, Luddington, Justice, Khosa, Deep, Thaivalappil, Abhinand & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2023). Subsequent pregnancy after stillbirth: A qualitative narrative analysis of Canadian families’ experiences. BMC: Pregnancy and Childbirth, 23(208 (2023)), 1-10.
  • *Keshoofy, Aria, Lisnyj, Konrad, Pearl, David, Thaivalappil, Abhinand & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2023). Hopeful thinking during a public health crisis: A qualitative study of university students’ experiences. SAGE Open Medicine, 2023(11), 1-9.
  • *Keshoofy, Aria, Pearl, David, Lisnyj, Konrad, Thaivalappil, Abhinand & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2023). Risk and protective factors associated with hopelessness among Canadian postsecondary students. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-16.
  • *Obande, David, Young, Ian, Pearl, David & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2023). Identifying predictors of safe food handling practices among Canadian households with children under 18 years. Food Protection Trends, 43(5), 391-408. doi:10.4315/FPT-22-039
  • *Thaivalappil, Abhinand, Ackford, Rachel, Bell, Courtney, Dougherty, Brendan, Duench, Stephanie, Janicki, Rachelle & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2023). An assessment of community-engaged learning within a Canadian Master of Public Health program. SAGE Open Medicine.
  • MacKay, Melissa, Li, Yan, Grant, Lauren, Papadopoulos, Andrew & McWhirter, Jennifer. (2023). Overview of the Health Communication Curriculum in Canadian Master of Public Health Programs. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. https://doi:10.1097/PHH.0000000000001758 
  • *Thaivalappil, Abhinand, Stringer, Jillian, Burnett, Alison, Young, Ian & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2023). Bridging the digital gap: A content analysis of mental health activities on university websites. Trends in Higher Education, 2023(2), 409-420.
  • *Thaivalappil, Abhinand, Stringer, Jillian, Burnett, Alison & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2023). Institutional Factors Affecting Postsecondary Student Mental Wellbeing: A Scoping Review of the Canadian Literature. Psych, 2023(5), 630-649.
  • MacKay, Melissa, McWhiter, Jennifer, Grant, Lauren, McAlpine, Devon & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2023). Developing public health competency statements and frameworks: A scoping review and thematic analysis of approaches. BMC Public Health, 2023(23), 1-15.
  • Dignos, Patricia Nicole, Khan, Ayesha, Gardiner-Davis, Michael, Papadopoulos, Andrew, Nowrouzi-Kia, Behdin, Sivanthan, Myuri & Gohar, Basem. (2023). Hidden and Understaffed: Exploring Canadian Medical Laboratory Technologists’ Pandemic Stressors and Lessons Learned. Healthcare, 11(20), 1-23.
  • *MacKay, Melissa, Colangeli, Taylor, Gosselin, Sydney, Neumann, Sophie & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2022). Engagement Analysis of Canadian Public Health and News Media Facebook Posts and Sentiment Analysis of Corresponding Comments during COVID-19. Psych, 4(1), 60-70.
  • *MacKay, Melissa, Ford, Caitlin, Colangeli, Taylor, Gillis, Daniel, McWhirter, Jennifer E & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2022). A content analysis of Canadian influencer crisis messages on Instagram and the public’s response during COVID-19. BMC Public Health, 22(1), 1-15.
  • *MacKay, Melissa, Colengeli, Taylor, Thaivalappil, Abhinand, Del Bianco, Ariana, McWhirter, Jennifer & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2022). A Review and Analysis of the Literature on Public Health Emergency Communication Practices. Journal of Community Health, 2022(47), 150-162.
  • MacDonald, Hana, Lisnyj, Konrad & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2022). Facilitators and barriers highlighted by on-campus service providers for students seeking mental health services. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 52(2), 67-81.
  • Gaupholm, Josephine, Papadopoulos, Andrew, Asif, Aiza, Dodd, Warren & Little, Matthew. (2022). The Influence of Food Environments on Dietary Behaviour and Nutrition in Southeast Asia: A Systematic Scoping Review. Nutrition and Health
  • Obande, David, Young, Ian, Gao, Ji Lu, Pearl, David & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2022). Systematic review and meta-regression of food safety knowledge and behaviour of primary food preparers for young children in the home setting. Food Control, 145(2023), 1-14.
  • Thaivalappil, Abhinand, Pearl, David, Young, Ian, MacKay, Melissa & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2022). A qualitative study exploring healthcare providers’ and trainees’ barriers to COVID-19 and influenza vaccine uptake. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 10(1), 695-712.
  • MacKay, Melissa, Colengeli, Taylor, Thaivalappil, Abhinand, Del Bianco, Ariana, McWhirter, Jennifer & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2022). A Review and Analysis of the Literature on Public Health Emergency Communication Practices. Journal of Community Health, 2022(47), 150-162.
  • Lisnyj, Konrad, Pearl, David, McWhirter, Jennifer & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2022). Examining the influence of human and psychological capital variables on post-secondary students' academic stress. Studies in Higher Education
  • MacKay, Melissa, Cimino, Andrea, Yousefinaghani, Samira, McWhirter, Jennifer, Dara, Rozita & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2022). Canadian COVID-19 crisis communication on Twitter: Mixed methods research examining tweets from government, politicians, and public health for crisis communication guiding principles and tweet engagement. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2022(19), 6954.
  • MacKay, Melissa, Colangeli, Taylor, Gosselin, Sydney, Neumann, Sophie & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2022). Engagement Analysis of Canadian Public Health and News Media Facebook Posts and Sentiment Analysis of Corresponding Comments during COVID-19. Psych, 4(1), 60-70.
  • MacKay, Melissa, Ford, Caitlin, Colangeli, Taylor, Gillis, Daniel, McWhirter, Jennifer E & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2022). A content analysis of Canadian influencer crisis messages on Instagram and the public’s response during COVID-19. BMC Public Health, 22(1), 1-15.
  • Hughes, Stephanie, Greer, Amy, Elliott, Alex, McEwen, Scott A, Young, Ian & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2021). Epidemiology of norovirus and viral gastroenteritis in Ontario, Canada, 2009--2014. Canadian Communicable Disease Report, 47(10), 397-404.
  • Lam, Steven, Dodd, Warren, Wyngaarden, Sarah, Skinner, Kelly, Papadopoulos, Andrew & Harper, Sherilee. (2021). How and why are Theory of Change and Realist Evaluation used in food security contexts? A scoping review. Evaluation and Program Planning, 89(2021), 102008.
  • Pike, Matthew, Cunsolo, Ashlee, Babujee, Amreen, Papadopoulos, Andrew & Harper, Sherilee. (2021). How did the media report the mining industry's initial response to COVID-19 in Inuit Nunangat? A systematic newspaper review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(21), 11266.
  • MacDonald, Hana, Papadopoulos, Andrew, Dewey, Cate, Humphries, Sally, Dodd, Warren, Patel, Kirit & Little, Matthew. (2021). Sociodemographic factors associated with knowledge of type 2 diabetes in rural Tamil Nadu, India. Rural and Remote Health, 2022(22), 6855.
  • Cimino, Andrea, McWhirter, Jennfier & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2021). An evaluation of the amount, type, and use of shade at public playgrounds in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, 42(5), 209-217.
  • Lisnyj, Konrad T, Pearl, David L, McWhirter, Jennifer E & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2021). Exploration of Factors Affecting Post-Secondary Students’ Stress and Academic Success: Application of the Socio-Ecological Model for Health Promotion. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(7), 37-79.
  • Cimino, Andrea, McWhirter, Jennifer E & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2021). Made in the shade: A qualitative study of factors impacting shade provision at outdoor public parks. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 2021(September), 1-13.
  • MacKay, Melissa, Colangeli, Taylor, Gillis, Daniel, McWhirter, Jennifer & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2021). Examining Social Media Crisis Communication during Early COVID-19 from Public Health and News Media for Quality, Content, and Corresponding Public Sentiment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(15), 79-86.
  • Gosselin, Sydney, McWhirter, Jennifer E, Mutti-Packer, Seema, McEwen, Scott A, Papadopoulos, Andrew, Rosen, Cheryl F & Beecker, Jennifer. (2021). “I Think There Should Be Photos”: Female Indoor Tanners’ Perceptions of Health Warning Labels for Tanning Beds. Health Communication, 2021(March), 1-11.
  • Lisnyj, Konrad T, Pearl, David L, McWhirter, Jennifer E & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2021). Targeting components of social capital on campus to alleviate Canadian post-secondary students’ academic stress. Current Psychology, January, 1-11.
  • Lisnyj, Konrad T, Gillani, Nafisa, Pearl, David L, McWhirter, Jennifer E & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2021). Factors associated with stress impacting academic success among post-secondary students: A systematic review. Journal of American College Health, July, 1-11.
  • Rodenburg, Erin, Decorso, Adrianna, Khosa, Deep, Taylor, Andrew, McWhirter, Jennifer & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2021). Social Inclusion in Group Homes: Determining Facilitators and Barriers to Inclusion for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 10(1), 130-159.
  • Lam, Steven, Dodd, Warren, Berrang-Ford, Lea, Ford, James, Skinner, Kelly, Papadopoulos, Andrew & Harper, Sherilee L. (2021). How are climate actions evaluated? A review of United Nations food security evaluations. Global Food Security, 28(1), 1005-09.
  • Yousefinaghani, Samira, Dara, Rozita, Mubareka, Samira, Papadopoulos, Andrew & Sharif, Shayan. (2021). An analysis of COVID-19 vaccine sentiments and opinions on Twitter. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 108, 256-262.
  • Papadopoulos, Andrew, Pons, Wendy & Young, Ian. (2021). Tomorrow's healthy environments: 30 years later. Environmental Health Review, 64(1), 11-13.
  • Vold, Lindsey, Wallar, Lauren & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2020). An evolution in health professional education: The ecological determinants of health. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 3(2), 18-35.
  • Ruggerio, Erica, Papadopoulos, Andrew, Steinberg, Malcolm, Blais, Regis, Frandson, Nancy & Valcour, James. (2020). Strengthening Collaborations at the Public Health System-Academic Interface: A Call to Action. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 111, 921-925.
  • Zaidlin, H. Gray, Lisnyj, Konrad, Dougherty, Brendan, Cook, Natasha & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2020). Moving towards flourishing mental health: Risk and protective factors associated with the post-secondary student experience. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 18(7), 3779.
  • Young, Ian, Chung, Aeri, McWhirter, Jennifer & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2020). Observational assessment of food safety behaviours at farmers' markets in Ontario, Canada: a cross-sectional study. Food Control, 108(Feb 2020), 1-7.
  • Young, Ian, Bhulabhai, Meera & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2020). Safe Food Handling Advice Provided on Question-and-Answer Web Sites Is Inconsistent. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52(7), 688-696.
  • Lisnyj, Konrad T, Russell, Regan & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2020). Risk and protective factors for anxiety impacting academic performance in post-secondary students. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 50(2), 71-88.
  • Reimann, Jessica, McWhirter, Jennifer, Cimino, Andrea, Papadopoulos, Andrew & Dewey, Cate. (2019). Impact of legislation on youth indoor tanning behaviour: A systematic review. Preventive Medicine, 123(June 2019), 299-307.
  • Parkes, Margot, Poland, Blake, Allison, Sandra, Culbert, Ian, Gislason, Maya, Hancock, Trevor, . . . Waheed, Faiza. (2019, September). Preparing for the future of public health: The ecological determinants of health and the call for an eco-social approach to public health education. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 2020(111), 60-64.
  • Thaivalappil, Abhinand, Papadopoulos, Andrew & Young, Ian. (2019). Intentions to adopt safe food storage practices in older adults: An application of the theory of planned behavior. British Food Journal, 122(1), 181-197.
  • Barros, E Rafael, Pons, Wendy, Young, Ian, McEwen, Scott & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2019). The effect of food handler training certification on food safety outcomes at food service and retail in Ontario, Canada. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, 17(8), 472-478.
  • Thaivalappil, Abhinand, Young, Ian & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2019). Predictors of safe food handling among Canadian seniors living at home. Food Protection Trends, 40(2), 111-120.
  • Pons, Wendy, Jones-Bitton, Andria, Lam, Steven, McEwen, Scott, Pintar, Katarina, Young, Ian & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2019). A qualitative study of the experiences and information needs of public health inspectors that inspect small drinking water systems in Ontario, Canada. Environmental Health Review, 62(3), 92-96.
  • Thaivalappil, Abhinand, Young, Ian, Paco, Charles, Jeyapalan, Apiramy & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2019). Food safety and older consumers: A systematic review and meta-regression of their knowledge and practices toward safe food handling and consumption at home. Food Control, 107(Jan 2020), 1-13.
  • Doran, Nicole & Papadopoulos, Andrew. (2019). Cannabis edibles: Behaviours, attitudes, and reasons for use. Environmental Health Review, 62(2), 44-52.
  • Saini, Manpreet, Roche, Steven, Markwick, Nicole, Papadopoulos, Andrew, Shiwak, Inez, Flowers, Charlie, . . . Harper, Sherilee. (2019). Promoting Inuit health through a participatory whiteboard video. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 11(1), 50-59.
  • Reimann, Jessica, McWhirter, Jennifer, Papadopoulos, Andrew, Bergeron, Kim, Flynn, Susan, Marrett, Loraine, . . . Dewey, Cate. (2019). A process evaluation of the Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds): A survey of Ontario public health units. Journal of Community Health, 44(4), 675-683.

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