Dr. Yasmin Khan

Physician, Emergency Preparedness
Health Protection

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"Working at PHO as a hub organization is important for my field of public health emergency preparedness, as interaction and collaboration with other sectors is crucial during emergencies with health impacts. PHO’s mandate in terms of the generation and synthesis of knowledge is highly relevant to the PHEP field, which can benefit from the development of more rigorous knowledge and evaluation."

Areas of Expertise

  • public health emergency preparedness
  • health system emergency management 
  • emergency medicine
  • health systems research
  • high-risk populations


Associate Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine and Clinical Public Health Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Academic Degrees and Accreditations

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Western Ontario
  • Master of Public Health (Community Health and Epidemiology), University of Toronto
  • Fellow, The Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC), Emergency Medicine, University of Toronto

PHO Research Interests

  • performance measurement for public health emergency preparedness (PHEP)
  • communication and collaboration between public health and acute care
  • methods and applications of Integrated Knowledge Translation for research in PHEP

PHO Research Activities

  • Advancing performance measurement and knowledge implementation for public health emergency preparedness in Canada.

Selected Publications

  1. Khan Y, Leung GJ, Belanger P, Gournis E, Buckeridge DL, Liu L, et al. Comparing Twitter data to routine data sources in public health surveillance for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games: an ecological study. Can J Public Health (2018) 109: 419-26.
  2. Khan Y, Sanford S, Sider D, Moore K, Garber G, de Villa E, et al. Effective communication of public health guidance to emergency department clinicians in the setting of emerging incidents: a qualitative study and framework. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017;17(1):312.
  3. Khan Y, Barnett DJ. Zika virus infection and the Flint, Michigan, water crisis: a study in surprising commonalities. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2016;10(2):181-2.
  4. Rajaram N, Hohenadel K, Gattoni L, Khan Y, Birk-Urovitz E, Li L, et al. Assessing health impacts of the December 2013 Ice storm in Ontario, Canada. BMC Public Health. 2016;16:544.
  5. Khan Y, Fazli G, Henry B, de Villa E, Tsamis C, Grant M, et al. The evidence base of primary research in public health emergency preparedness: a scoping review and stakeholder consultation. BMC Public Health. 2015;15:432.

View more publications by Dr. Yasmin Khan on PubMed.gov

Public Health Ontario Scientist Profile: Yasmin Khan

Dr. Yasmin Khan discusses what excites her about her work, the impact of her research and why she chose Public Health Ontario.

Duration: 2 min

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Updated 9 Nov 2021