Katherine Bishop-Williams



Kate is a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph in the Department of Population Medicine (co-supervised by Drs. Harper and Sargeant). She completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Guelph in 2012 in Bio-Medical Science, and a Masters of Science in 2014 in Epidemiology. Kate’s undergraduate research focused primarily on gastrointestinal illnesses with a project on each of E. coliSalmonella and the link between Johne’s disease in dairy cattle to Crohn’s disease in humans. Kate’s MSc introduced her to EcoHealth. Her thesis was titled: The Impact of Heat Waves in Rural Southern Ontario on Dairy Cow Mortality and Human Emergency Room Visits. Using statistical and epidemiological skills learned in her Masters, Kate is working on a project in Bwindi, Uganda, identifying seasonal and temporal patterns in acute respiratory infections and access to healthcare. Kate is particularly interested in the ability of clinical data to represent vulnerable populations.

Research Interests

  • EcoHealth
  • Indigenous Health
  • Climate Change Impacts on Health
  • Respiratory Health
  • Participtory Methods
  • Epidemiology
  • Spatial Epidemiology
  • Qualitative Methods


Kate is ca sessional instructor at the University of Waterloo. Kate has developed and taught the following courses:

Introduction to Public and Population Health- F19

Complex Problems and EcoHealth Solutions- W19

Ecological Determinants of Health- W18

Further, Kate published scholarship of teaching and learning manuscripts in the Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2019) and the Canadian Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2017). 

Teaching Assistant:

Epidemiology and Statistics- F14

Communications for Public Health- W14

Ecosystem Approaches to Health Field Course- F13

Epidemiology- F13

Kate held several graduate student trainer roles in the Graduate Teaching Community and was the co-chair of the Teaching Assistant Advisory Council.