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Jim Dunn

Affiliate Scientist ICES McMaster Populations & Public Health Research Program


Jim Dunn is a professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University and a scientist at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He holds a Chair in Applied Public Health from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada on "Interventions in Residential Neighborhoods and Population Health". His current research program focuses on the social determinants of health and the influence of economic and social policies and programs on inequalities in health and child development, concentrating on urban housing and neighbourhoods. Specifically, his work includes projects on the health and social impacts of public housing redevelopment, the impact of neighborhood redevelopment initiatives on health and child development, and Canada-US comparisons of the impact of municipal finance and governance on population health. Dr. Dunn has advised multiple policy-related organizations including the National Housing Research Committee of Canada and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.

  • PhD, Geography, Simon Fraser University
  • MA, Geography, McMaster University
  • BASc, Arts & Science, McMaster University
  • Social determinants of health
  • Chair and Professor, Department of Health, Aging and Society, McMaster University
  • Director, McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments
  • Senator William McMaster Chair in Urban Health Equity, McMaster University
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
  • Editor in Chief, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board for Housing, Theory and Society, Social Science and Medicine, and Health Reports

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