Suzanne Sicchia

Suzanne Sicchia
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream


Dr. Sicchia earned her doctorate from the Faculty of Medicine, and completed two Masters degrees from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She came to UTSC’s Health Studies Program after working as a Research Associate in the Global Health and the Violence and Health units of the former Centre for Research in Women’s Health, a WHO/PAHO Collaborative Centre in Women’s Health. More recently, Dr. Sicchia served as Vice Chair on the Breakaway Addiction Services board (2011-2015). She has a keen interest in critical pedagogy, global health governance, primary health care, social justice, and women’s health.  

Research Interests: 

  • Global health governance
  • Politics of (public) health policy 
  • Primary health care
  • Societal determinants of health
  • Violence and women’s health 
  • Institutional Ethnography 
  • Mixed-methods research

Teaching Interests: 

Courses Taught:  
  • Advanced Quantitative & Qualitative Health Research Methods
  • Conceptual Models of Health
  • Foundations in Health Studies, I & II
  • Global Health Governance
  • International Health Policy Analysis 
  • Introduction to Health Research Methods 
  • Issues in International Health
  • Politics of Canadian Health Policy 
  • Women and Health, Past and Present
  • Gender & Health 
  • The Politics of Health Policy
Student Supervision:
  • Maya Golis. In progress. A critical qualitative exploration of the IDS coop placement experience. In progress
  • Banusha Mahendren. In progress. Tamil women’s experiences of gender-based violence in post-conflict settings in Kandy, Sri Lanka.  
  • 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.  



Current Projects:

  • A critical review of mifegymiso related research, policy and practice. Study commissioned by the Bay Centre for Birth Control, Women’s College Hospital, Toronto.  (2017)


            Assistant Professor Teaching Stream, Dalla School of Public Health

  • Mentor, Collaborative Graduate Program in Women’s Health, University of Toronto
  • Canadian Public Health Association
  • Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research
  • International Union for Health Promotion & Education
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education





  • Ph.D, Medical Science, University of Toronto
  • M.Sc, Social Theory & Health, University of Toronto
  • M.H.Sc, Health Promotion