She is currently accepting Master’s students only for Cango and Cedar.  She is no longer accepting new PhD students.

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Dr. Patricia Spittal is an anthropologist whose work addresses HIV-related vulnerabilities of marginalized communities living in both resource-rich and resource-poor countries.

She is the principal investigator of The Cedar Project, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded initiative that is looking to understand the sexual and drug-related vulnerabilities of Aboriginal youth who use drugs.

She and her research team from Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Kampala, Uganda and Lacor Hospital, Gulu, also received CIHR funding to establish a similar prospective cohort in Northern Uganda called the “Cango Lyec Project” (Healing the Elephant) that addresses the HIV vulnerabilities of people affected by conflict in Northern Uganda.

Dr. Spittal’s research interests include sexual and drug-related harms associated with injection drug use and vulnerabilities of young Aboriginal drug users.

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SPPH 519 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Design
SPPH 519 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Design (DL)
SPPH 536 Aboriginal People and Public Health in Canada: Ethics, Policy and Practice
SPPH 536 Aboriginal People and Public