Dr. Brendan Smith

Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention

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"As an epidemiologist, PHO’s unique applied public health setting allows me to work alongside leading researchers, public health practitioners and policy-makers in Ontario. This multidisciplinary environment provides a variety of rich perspectives to inform my research program focused on developing innovative solutions to protect and promote health and reduce health inequities."

Areas of Expertise

  • social epidemiology
  • health equity
  • diabetes and cardiovascular diseases
  • population health intervention research

Academic Degrees and Accreditations

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Epidemiology), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto 
  • Master of Science (Epidemiology), McGill University

PHO Research Interests

  • Elucidate the mechanisms through which population health interventions impact the creation, maintenance, exacerbation and reduction of social inequalities in health. 
  • Apply innovative epidemiologic methods to estimate the effectiveness of population health interventions to reduce social inequalities in health.
  • Investigate the appropriate blend of high-risk and population health intervention strategies to improve population health and reduce social inequalities in health.
  • Examine the influence of intervention coverage and unintended consequences on effectiveness of population health interventions.
  • Measure of the extent to which health inequalities exist and change over time.
  • Cardiovascular disease attributable to nutrition-related causes: Estimating future burden and evaluating nutrition policy options for maximizing population health benefit in Canada.

PHO Research Activities

  • Reducing population burden and social inequalities in diabetes, can we do both? A population risk tool approach for evaluating population health interventions.
  • Identifying intervention targets to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in heart disease incidence in Ontario using a data linkage approach.
  • Monitoring socioeconomic trends over time in heart disease incidence using a data linkage approach.

Selected Publications

  1. Smith BT, Siddiqi AA. Professional football participation and mortality. JAMA. 2018;320(1):91.
  2. Kamel M, Smith BT, Wahi G, Carsley S, Birken CS, Anderson LN. Continuous cardiometabolic risk score definitions in early childhood: a scoping review. Obes Rev. 2018 Sept 17 [Epub ahead of print].
  3. Smith PM, Smith BT, Mustard CA, Lu H, Glazier RH. Estimating the direct and indirect pathways between education and diabetes incidence among Canadian men and women: a mediation analysis. Ann Epidemiol. 2013;23(3):143-9.
  4. Smith BT, Smith PM, Harper S, Manuel DG, Mustard CA. Reducing social inequalities in health: the role of simulation modelling in chronic disease epidemiology to evaluate the impact of population health interventions. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2013;68(4):384-9.
  5. Smith BT, Lynch JW, Fox CS, Harper S, Abrahamowicz M, Almeida ND, et al. Life-course socioeconomic position and type 2 diabetes mellitus: the Framingham Offspring Study. American journal of epidemiology. 2011;173(4):438-47.

View more publications by Dr. Brendan Smith on PubMed.gov

Public Health Ontario Scientist Profile: Brendan Smith

Dr. Brendan Smith discusses what excites him about his work, the impact of his research and why he chose Public Health Ontario.

Duration: 2 min

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Updated 22 Oct 2019