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Suzanne Sicchia

Suzanne Sicchia

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Phone: 416-208-2700
Location: HL 208


Suzanne Sicchia is an Associate Professor Teaching Stream in the ICHS and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.  She holds a PhD in medical science, an MHSc in health promotion and MSc in social theory and health from the former Department of Public Health Sciences, at the University of Toronto.  Before joining the ICHS, Dr. Sicchia worked as a Research Associate in the ‘Global Health’ and ‘Violence and Health’ units of the former Centre for Research in Women’s Health, WHO/PAHO Collaborative Centre in Women’s Health. Project partners included the NIH Office for Research in Women’s Health, Fogarty International, the Institute for Aboriginal Peoples Health, CIHR, and the Institute for Gender & Health, CIHR.  More recently she has served as an external reviewer on global health governance related grants for the CIHR, SSHRC, and IDRC.  She founded and continues to lead the UTSC International Health Film Series & Expo and is the founder of the UTSC Critical Pedagogies faculty and student reading groups.  Her interests include critical pedagogies in public health education, equity in global health governance, and critical social theory and women’s health.


  • PhD, Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • MSc, Social Theory & Health, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto
  • MHSc, Health Promotion, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto 


  • Graduate, non-budgetary appointment, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Core faculty in the Doctor of Public Health Program, Graduate Specialization in Women's Health, and Collaborative Specialization in Global Health, University of Toronto 
  • Canadian Public Health Association 
  • Canadian Society for International Health 
  • Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research 
  • International Union for Health Promotion & Education
  • Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems 


Teaching Interests

Courses Taught:  
  • Foundations in Health Studies, I & II
  • Global Health Governance
  • Globalization, Gender & Health 
  • International Health Policy Analysis 
  • Introduction and Advanced Health Research Methods 
  • Issues in International Health
  • Politics of Health Policy 
  • Women and Health, Past and Present
  • Violence and Health

Postdoctoral Supervision:

  • Dr. Suleyman Demi. Indigenous food cultures and the health of the African Diaspora in Toronto (July 2020).

Student Supervision:

  • Diane Hill, QE Scholar (2019). Stories of Resilience: Turtle Island to Aotearoa. Lessons learned from a research placement with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. 
  • Banusha Mahendren. (2018). Tamil women’s experiences of gender-based violence in post-conflict settings in Kandy, Sri Lanka. 
  • Maya Golis. (2018) A qualitative exploration of the IDS coop placement experience. 
  • Rivka Zelikson. (2017). The rainbow recast: queering Karen non-profits on the Thai-Burmese border.  Awarded Best IDS Thesis 2017 
  • Jennifer Naidoo. (2014). Reforming the Ontario school’s sexual health education curriculum: an exploration of the (sexual) politics of curriculum reform.  


Research Interests

  • Critical pedagogies 
  • Global health governance 
  • Critical social theory and health 
  • Societal determinants of health 
  • Violence and women’s health 
  • Institutional ethnography  
Current Projects:
  • TAIBU Community Health Centre Africentric health indicators project (2019-ongoing)
  • The Community Knowledge Learning Hub initiative (2019-2022)
  • Freire, film & the critical study of health (2020-2021)
  • Annual International Health Film Series & Expo (2016-Ongoing)
  • Critical Book Club (2017-ongoing)
  • Critical review of Mifegymiso related research, policy and practice. Bay Centre for Birth Control, Women’s College Hospital (2018-2019)