Lauren Grant

Lauren Grant

Assistant Professor

 MSc, PhD


Lauren Grant is an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Public Health and epidemiologist in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph.

Research Interests

My research program investigates the social and environmental determinants of One Health in animal and human populations using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. I am especially interested in using novel, linked data to understand how these determinants impact health and health inequalities. My program has three areas of focus: 1) Social and environmental determinants of population health and health system utilization, 2) Health inequities in population health outcomes, and 3) Social and environmental determinants of companion animal health and veterinary care utilization. I am also keen to collaborate on projects investigating social and environmental determinants where my knowledge and skills can be an asset.

For general inquiries, prospective trainees are welcome to contact me using the following form to tell me more about yourself and your interests. Your application will be kept on file and reviewed when a position is available. Trainees from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested trainees should check back often as new positions will be posted as funding is secured. Graduate students interested in completing POPM*6600 Public Health Research, undergraduate students seeking a fourth-year thesis supervisor, and students seeking volunteer research experience are welcome to contact me at any time using the above form.

Current Graduate Students

  • Brenda Zai - PhD
  • Grant Hogan - MSc
  • Erica Johncox - MSc
  • Vayshali Patel - MSc
  • Hisba Shereefdeen - MSc
  • Carys Vyn - MSc

Former Graduate Students

Master of Public Health Practicum Students

  • Samantha McReavy

Undergraduate Students

  • Jillian Macleod
  • Sophia Ng
  • Brooke Staniscia


My teaching responsibilities include: 

  • POPM 4040: Epidemiology of Food-borne Diseases
  • POPM 6540: Environmental Public Health
  • POPM 6600: Public Health Research

Selected Publications

Please note that my maiden name is Wallar.

Wallar, L.E. & Rosella, L.C. (2020). Individual and neighbourhood socioeconomic status increase risk of avoidable hospitalizations among Canadian adults: A retrospective cohort study of linked population health data. International Journal of Population Data Science, 5(1):1351.

Vold, L., Wallar, L.E., & Papadopoulos, A. An evolution in health professional education: the ecological determinants of health. (2020). International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, DOI: 10.1080/14635240.2020.1780930.

Wallar, L.E., De Prophetis, E., & Rosella, L.C. (2020). Socioeconomic inequalities in hospitalizations for chronic ambulatory care sensitive conditions: a systematic review of peer-reviewed literature, 1990-2018. International Journal for Equity in Health, 19(1):60.

Wallar, L.E. & Rosella, L.C. (2020). Risk factors for avoidable hospitalizations in Canada using national linked data: A retrospective cohort study. PLoS One, 15(3):e0229465.

Farmanova, E., Abdelhalim, R., Wallar, L.E., & Wodchis, W.P. (2019). Making way for integrated accountable care in Ontario: Enablers and challenges of implementation. Toronto: Health System Performance Research Network. Available online.

Rosella, L.C., Kornas, K., Huang, A., Grant, L., Bornbaum, C., & Henry, D. (2019). Population risk and burden of health behavioural-related all-cause, premature, and amenable deaths in Ontario, Canada: Canadian Community Health Survey-linked mortality files. Annals of Epidemiology32, 49-57.

Wallar, L.E., McEwen, S.A., Sargeant, J.M., Mercer, N.J., & Papadopoulos, A. (2018). Prioritizing professional competencies in environmental public health: A best-worst scaling experiment. Environmental Health Review, 61(2), 50-63.

Wallar, L.E., Sargeant, J.M., McEwen, S.A., Mercer, N.J., & Papadopoulos, A. (2018). Building data and information capacity in environmental public health: A best-worst scaling experiment. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 24(3), e1-e8.

Wallar, L.E., McEwen, S.A., Sargeant, J.M., Mercer, N.J., Garland, S.E., & Papadopoulos, A. (2016). Development of a tiered framework for public health capacity in Canada. Public Health136, 192-195.

Troop, M.A.C., Wallar, L.E., & Aspenlieder, E. (2015). Developing graduate students’ self-efficacy with learner-centred lecturing. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 45(3), 15-33.

Wallar, L.E., & Papadopoulos, A. (2015). Collaboration, competencies and the classroom: A public health approach. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 6(1), Article 6.

Friedman, L., Wallar, L., & Papadopoulos, A. (2015). Environmental risk factors for Community-Acquired MRSA. National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health. Available online.

Britten, N., Wallar, L.E., McEwen, S.A., & Papadopoulos, A. (2014). Using core competencies as an evaluative framework: outcome assessment of the University of Guelph Master of Public Health program. BMC Medical Education, 14(158).

Stoneman, J., Wallar, L., & Papadopoulos, A. (2014). Community water fluoridation in Canada – Trends, benefits, and risks. National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health. Available online.

Wallar, L.E., Croteau, S., Estill, A., Robson, L., & Papadopoulos, A. (2013). Analyzing exposure, use, and policies related to tobacco use on campus for the development of comprehensive tobacco policies at Canadian post-secondary institutions. J Community Health, 38(6), 1081-1089.

Wallar, L.E., Bysice, A.M., & Coombes, B.K. (2011). The non-motile phenotype of Salmonella hha ydgT mutants is mediated through PefI-SrgD. BMC Microbiology, 11(141).