Council of Health Sciences (CHS)

The Council of Health Sciences (CHS) represents the University of Toronto health sciences sector and facilitates collaboration and enhancement of health science research and education endeavours. All health professional Faculties and programs are represented on the Council. Through the CHS Chair, the CHS reports directly to the Provost.

Mandate


  • Advance the national and international reputation of U of T as the premier university for health sciences education and research in Canada;
  • Advise and report regularly to the Provost on all matters relevant to the health sciences sector and its education and research programs;
  • Work collectively on common academic issues and their implementation;
  • Identify opportunities for common policies/practices and common management support for education and research across the health sciences sector;
  • Promote interprofessional education across all health professional programs and optimize the resources to do so; and
  • Ensure that the health sciences sector is adequately and appropriately represented at all levels of University governance.

Membership


The Council of Health Sciences is a standing committee of the Vice-President & Provost. In the interest of maintaining a membership model and governance structure that is aligned with the Principals & Deans (P&D) Committee and Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs (PDAD&C) Committee, the CHS uses the following membership model and governance structure:

Executive Group


This group includes the Dean of each of the seven health science Faculties. The main function of the Executive is to serve as a group with equal representation from each of the health science Faculties to determine the direction of CHS on matters that need to be discussed and decided at a decanal level for the Faculties represented.

Linda Johnston, Dean, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (Chair)
Adalsteinn Brown, Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health (Vice-Chair)
Christine Allen, Interim Dean, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Daniel Haas, Dean, Faculty of Dentistry
Ira Jacobs, Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Faye Mishna, Dean, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Trevor Young, Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions and Dean, Faculty of Medicine

Extended Group


This group includes the Executive members as well as:

  • One Vice-Dean, Associate Dean or Assistant Dean as appointed by each Executive Member;
  • One Chair (or Director) representing each health professional program in the health science Faculties;
  • Manager, Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN)—Non-voting Member.

The role of the Extended membership is to ensure that discussion is adequately inclusive within health science Faculties and to serve as a liaison with key stakeholders such as TAHSN.

Linda Johnston, Dean, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (Chair)
Adalsteinn Brown, Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health (Vice-Chair)
Christine Allen, Interim Dean, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Nancy Baxter, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Sandra Bjelajac Mejia, Interim Director, Professional Programs, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Shelley Craig, Associate Dean, Academic, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Daniel Haas, Dean, Faculty of Dentistry
Patricia Houston, Vice-Dean, MD Program, Faculty of Medicine
Ira Jacobs, Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Jim Lai, Vice-Dean Education, Faculty of Dentistry
Pascal van Lieshout, Chair, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Faculty of Medicine
Fei-Fei Liu, Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Faculty of Medicine
Faye Mishna, Dean, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Leslie Nickell, Medical Director, Physician Assistant Program, Faculty of Medicine
Susan Rappolt, Chair, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine
W. Darlene Reid, Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine
Katreena Scott, Program Chair, School & Clinical Child Psychology Program, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Ashley Stirling, Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Robyn Stremler, Acting Associate Dean, Academic, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
Lynn Wilson, Vice-Dean Partnerships, Faculty of Medicine and Associate Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions
Trevor Young, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions
Sharon Vanin (Non-Voting) Manager, Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN)
Johanne Provençal (Administrative Staff) Assistant Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions
Heather Skelton (Administrative Staff) Legal & Administrative Coordinator, Office of the Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions

Meetings


The Council meets monthly from September to June. Pre-arranged guest presentations/discussions by relevant constituencies are welcomed at meetings.

Contact


Johanne Provençal
Assistant Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions
Office of the Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions
johanne.provencal@utoronto.ca