Students who are admitted to a Collaborative Specialization (CS) must complete both the home department and the CS requirements. The home department approval is required prior to being admitted to a Collaborative Specialization.

If an applicant wishes to be considered for a Collaborative Specialization they should indicate the name of the program on the admissions application. The choice is limited to the Collaborative Specializations in which the Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences participates.

Upon successful completion of the requirements, the student receives, in addition to the MSc or PhD degree, the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in name of program” on the transcript.

The Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy participates in the following Collaborative Specializations:

Collaborative Specialization in Addiction Studies

The goal of the Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies at the University of Toronto is to develop and integrate graduate training in the multidisciplinary field of addictions.  This field encompasses the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other psychoactive substances, as well as gambling and other addictive behaviours.

Students fulfilling the requirements of the collaborating department and the Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies will receive a notation indicating completion of a specialization in Addiction Studies on the transcript issued by the School of Graduate Studies.
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For more information about the Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies, please contact Pharmaceutical Sciences Representative:

Beth Sproule, PharmD
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
ARF Site, Rm. 1032, 33 Ursula Franklin Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2S1
(415) 535 8501 x 6501 

Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course

The collaborative specialization prepares students for specialization in the field of aging, and/or the field of palliative and supportive care, with an emphasis on viewing aging and palliative and supportive care issues within the perspective of the life course.

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Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics

The collaborative specialization in bioethics intellectual focus is to prepare graduate students for specialization in bioethics, with an emphasis on innovative research drawing from themes in the humanities, law, social sciences, natural and health sciences, reflecting the truly interdisciplinary nature of bioethics. The goal is for students to contribute original research by applying the methods of empirical, legal and/or philosophical scholarship to bioethical issues related to health and the delivery of health care, to the practices of health care professions, to the conduct of health research or to the development of health policy.

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Collaborative Specialization in Biomedical Engineering

IBBME offers a Collaborative Specialization in Biomedical Engineering where students can receive a Certificate in Biomedical Engineering in conjunction with a research-stream graduate degree from one of 14 academic units at the University of Toronto.

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Collaborative Specialization in Cardiovascular Sciences

The Cardiovascular Sciences Collaborative Program exists to give formal, organized expression to cardiovascular studies and research at the graduate level. It builds on the strengths of all participating academic units, and other agencies, to enhance the visibility of cardiovascular studies and to facilitate collaborative, interdisciplinary training and research.

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Collaborative Specialization in Global Health

The Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health (CPGH) at the University of Toronto is sponsored by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) in the Faculty of Medicine, and includes PhD students from divisions in DLSPH and the Faculties of Medicine (Health Policy Management and Evaluation and Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science), Nursing, Pharmacy, Law, and Arts and Science (Departments of Anthropology and Political Science). Five centres (Centre for International Health, Centre for Global Health Research, Joint Centre for Bioethics, Munk Centre for International Studies and Centre for Health Services Sciences) are supporting units of the collaborative program.

The CPGH integrates methods and insights from the scholarly arenas of the participating partners. It provides a vibrant intellectual community for doctoral students and research faculty to interact and learn from one another. Students are encouraged to think critically about dominant paradigms and to integrate academic research skills in an applied community or policy setting. Graduates of the program will have the skills to work effectively with trans-disciplinary, international teams.

The Collaborative Program views ‘global health’ in an integrative manner. It focuses on the relationships among local, regional, national, and international forces and factors that influence health and on the development of effective interventions and policies that will address or shape these.

Program Objectives:

  • To enable students to develop an understanding of global health in terms of the interaction of global, national, regional, and local forces, processes, and conditions;
  • To ground training in disciplinary perspectives and engage in transdisciplinary efforts through concrete collaborative global health research projects;
  • To offer mentorship opportunities by committed and experienced faculty with a diversity of theoretical, operational and methodological perspectives on global health;
  • and To grapple with complex health-related policymaking by the range of international, national, and local actors in a wide range of sectors that shape policies and carry out activities that affect health.

For more information on the Collaborative Program in Global Health, please contact:

Jillian Clare Kohler
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Toronto

144 College Street,
Toronto, ON, M5S 3M2

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Collaborative Specialization in Health Services and Policy Research

The Ontario Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research is a consortium of six Ontario universities that includes: Lakehead University, Laurentian University, McMaster University, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto and York University. The establishment of the centre is a response to the need for increased numbers of health services researchers to address critical issues in effective and efficient health care delivery (which has been identified as a top priority by national research funding agencies). Its overall goal is to increase health research capacity in Ontario through an innovative training program that builds on existing strengths in university and decision making environments.

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Collaborative Specialization in Neuroscience

The collaborative specialization in neuroscience for participating masters and doctoral students is the largest collaborative neuroscience graduate program in Canada. There are over 400 faculty members and over 300 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, from sixteen academic departments across seven faculties at the University of Toronto participating in the program. The CPIN faculty members and trainees are located at the University of Toronto and its affiliated teaching hospitals/research institutes. Such a large and versatile community provides the strong basis to cultivate a successful training program supporting excellence, collaboration, innovation, and translational and trans-disciplinary research activities.

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Collaborative Specialization in Next-Generation in Precision Medicine

The Collaborative Specialization in Next-Generation in Precision Medicine provides a diverse and cross-disciplinary approach to training.  It looks to bridge expertise in the natural sciences and engineering with understanding of the life sciences in order to better equip scientists of the future.

Advances in precision medicine will require a multi-disciplinary perspective and creative solutions beyond conventional genomics and mutational profiling. The Collaborative Specialization in Next-Generation Precision Medicine will equip researchers with a true understanding of research that crosses many disciplines in order to address the unmet challenges of human disease. The unique focus will include training and innovative approaches in precision medicine through a broad range of recognized course modules, a thesis that includes cross-disciplinary supervision, and a seminar course that will allow students to present their research and exchange ideas with trainees and investigators from different research fields.

This program is run through PRiME within the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. PRiME was established as an Institutional Strategic Initiative at the University of Toronto in 2019 to align research efforts in the broad area of precision medicine. With over 75 leading investigators across 4 faculties, PRiME brings together world-renown experts in disease biology, diagnostics, and therapeutics to support graduate student training through this Program. In addition to the support of research excellence and scholarship offered by Faculty members within PRiME, the initiative under the direction of Prof. Shana Kelley, also strives to build community and empower trainees with skills that will enable successful careers upon graduation. Toward this latter goal, PRiME is also invested in building the local biotech ecosystem to enable more career opportunities for graduates in related industry fields.

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Collaborative Specialization in Toxicology

The Collaborative Specialization in Biomedical Toxicology is administered by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and provides graduate students with a unique opportunity to gain breadth and depth of knowledge in biomedical toxicology beyond their thesis research. 

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