Ketan Shankardass


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Ketan Shankardass is an Associate Scientist within the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a social epidemiologist who focuses on studying innovative solutions for more equitable health systems by using epidemiology, community health, biology and geography to understand the drivers of population health and equity from “cell to society”. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University and in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at University of Toronto. Outside of academic, Dr. Shankardass works with Health Promotion Ontario to improve preventive health practice in the province.

His foci currently include multisectoral health strategies including Health in All Policies; neighbourhood-level programs to address chronic stress and chronic disease health inequities; and public opinion on health and equity

Please note: Dr. Shankardass is not taking any summer students in 2018.

Recent Publications

  1. Shankardass, K, Muntaner, C, Kokkinen, L, Shahidi, FV, Freiler, A, Oneka, G et al.. The implementation of Health in All Policies initiatives: a systems framework for government action. Health Res Policy Syst. 2018;16 (1):26. doi: 10.1186/s12961-018-0295-z. PubMed PMID:29544496 PubMed Central PMC5856219.
  2. Guglielmin, M, Muntaner, C, O'Campo, P, Shankardass, K. A scoping review of the implementation of health in all policies at the local level. Health Policy. 2018;122 (3):284-292. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2017.12.005. PubMed PMID:29305241 .
  3. Kokkinen, L, Muntaner, C, O'Campo, P, Freiler, A, Oneka, G, Shankardass, K et al.. Implementation of Health 2015 public health program in Finland: a welfare state in transition. Health Promot Int. 2017; :. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dax081. PubMed PMID:29149295 .
  4. Gruebner, O, Sykora, M, Lowe, SR, Shankardass, K, Galea, S, Subramanian, SV et al.. Big data opportunities for social behavioral and mental health research. Soc Sci Med. 2017;189 :167-169. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.07.018. PubMed PMID:28755794 .
  5. Gruebner, O, Lowe, SR, Sykora, M, Shankardass, K, Subramanian, SV, Galea, S et al.. A novel surveillance approach for disaster mental health. PLoS ONE. 2017;12 (7):e0181233. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0181233. PubMed PMID:28723959 PubMed Central PMC5516998.
  6. Oneka, G, Vahid Shahidi, F, Muntaner, C, Bayoumi, AM, Mahabir, DF, Freiler, A et al.. A glossary of terms for understanding political aspects in the implementation of Health in All Policies (HiAP). J Epidemiol Community Health. 2017;71 (8):835-838. doi: 10.1136/jech-2017-208979. PubMed PMID:28679539 .
  7. Muntaner, C, Davis, O, McIsaack, K, Kokkinen, L, Shankardass, K, O'Campo, P et al.. Retrenched Welfare Regimes Still Lessen Social Class Inequalities in Health: A Longitudinal Analysis of the 2003-2010 EU-SILC in 23 European Countries. Int J Health Serv. 2017;47 (3):410-431. doi: 10.1177/0020731417712509. PubMed PMID:28649927 .
  8. Kokkinen, L, Shankardass, K, O'Campo, P, Muntaner, C. Taking health into account in all policies: raising and keeping health equity high on the political agenda. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2017;71 (8):745-746. doi: 10.1136/jech-2016-207736. PubMed PMID:28416570 .
  9. Kirst, M, Shankardass, K, Singhal, S, Lofters, A, Muntaner, C, Quiñonez, C et al.. Addressing health inequities in Ontario, Canada: what solutions do the public support?. BMC Public Health. 2017;17 (1):7. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3932-x. PubMed PMID:28056891 PubMed Central PMC5217561.
  10. Vasiliou, A, Shankardass, K, Nisenbaum, R, Quiñonez, C. Current stress and poor oral health. BMC Oral Health. 2016;16 (1):88. doi: 10.1186/s12903-016-0284-y. PubMed PMID:27590184 PubMed Central PMC5010733.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Wilfred Laurier University