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Ghazal Fazli


Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

Phone: 647-601-4539
Location: HL 342 & 333


Ghazal Fazli is a Lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society and a CIHR Health Systems Impact Post-Doctoral Fellow. Ghazal completed her PhD from the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and Master of Public Health from University of Waterloo. Her research explores the impact of sociodemographic, immigration, and environmental related factors on diabetes development among immigrants to Canada.

As an epidemiologist, Ghazal has deep interests for research and policy initiatives that promote action on the social determinants of health to improve wellbeing and quality of life across the lifespan. Specifically, her commitment to these efforts has stemmed from her passion for uncovering the upstream determinants of chronic diseases and supporting the design and implementation of policies and interventions that will eliminate deeply rooted health inequities.


HBSc (University of Toronto), MPH (University of Waterloo), PhD (University of Toronto)


  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Public Health Ontario
  • Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Teaching Interests

  • Foundations in Health Studies
  • Introduction to the Social Determinants of Health
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Epidemiology and Community Health
  • Comparative Health Systems

Research Interests

  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Health systems
  • Epidemiology
  • Population health
  • Research methodologies
  • Healthy built environment
  • Immigrant health

Awards & Grants

  • CIHR Travel Award to the Canadian Public Health Association Annual Meeting (2019)
  • International Public Policy Association Award, University of Padua (2019)
  • CIHR Health Systems Impact Post-Doctoral Fellow (2018)
  • IHPME Doctoral Completion Award (2018)
  • International Diabetes Epidemiology Group, Workshop Bursary, Abu Dhabi (2017)
  • Diabetes Action Canada, Knowledge Translation Canada, Graduate Scholarship (2017)
  • European Association for the Study of Diabetes Travel Grant (2017
  • SMH-LKSKI Graduate Scholarship (2016)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ministry of Training and Education (2015)
  • Yow Kam-Yuen Graduate Scholarship in Diabetes Research, Banting and Best Diabetes Centre, University of Toronto (2016)
  • Lupina Junior Doctoral Fellowship, Comparative Program on Health and Society, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (2015)
  • ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship, Washington Swiss Embassy (2015)
  • Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) Fellow, CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy Fellowship Award (2013-2014; 2014-2015)


  • Fazli GS, Bierman AS, Moineddin R, Booth GL. Ethnic differences in prediabetes incidence among immigrants to Canada: A population-based cohort study. BMC Medicine May 24 2019
  • Booth GL, Creatore MI, Austin PA, Luo J, Fazli GS, Moineddin R, Gozdyra P, Matheson FI, Glazier RH. Neighbourhood walkability and 10-year diabetes incidence among an urban cohort: an Inverse Probability of Treatment Weighting model. JECH January 19 2019
  • Weisman A, Fazli GS, Johns AS, Booth GL. Evolving Trends in the Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes: A Review. Can J Cardiology 2018. 
  • Fazli G, Creatore MI, Manson H, Ha P, Matheson F, Kaufman-Shiriqi V, Guilcher S, Booth, G. Identifying Mechanisms to translating the evidence on built environment to policy and planning actions. BMC Public Health, Jan 3, 2017
  • Creatore MI, Glazier RH, Moineddin R, Fazli GS, Gozdyra P, Matheson FI, Kaufman-Shriqui V, Booth GL. The impact of neighbourhood walkability on the rise in overweight, obesity, and diabetes in Ontario, Canada, 2001-2010. JAMA May 24, 2016
  • Khan Y, Fazli GS, Henry B, de Villa E, Tsamis C, Grant M, Schwartz B. The evidence base of primary research in public health emergency preparedness: a scoping review and stakeholder consultation. BMC Public Health 2015 15: 432-442
  • Matheson IF, Smith KLW, Fazli GS, Moinnedin R, Dunn JR, Glazier RH. (2014). Physical Health Status and Gender as Risk Factors for Onset of Mental Illness over 10 years. JECH 2014.
  • Glazier RH, Creatore MI, Weyman JT, Fazli G, Matheson FI, et al. Density, Destinations or Both? A Comparison of Measures of Walkability in Relation to Transportation Behaviors, Obesity and Diabetes in Toronto, Canada. PLoS ONE 2014 9(1).