Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health


Dr Rachel Rodin

Scientific Director, WHO Collaborating Centre on Noncommunicable Disease Policy, Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Dr Rodin is the Scientific Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Noncommunicable Disease Policy at the Public Health Agency of Canada. In this role, she leads an interdisciplinary team supporting global research on the economic burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), multisectoral action and effective policy approaches for the prevention of chronic disease. She has participated in the development of clinical practice guidelines on adult and childhood obesity with the American College of Preventive Medicine and Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care.

Dr Rodin was the manager of Multilateral Relations for the Public Health Agency in the lead-up to the United Nations Summit on Noncommunicable Diseases in 2011, serving as a lead negotiator on the UN Political Declaration and subsequent Global Monitoring Framework on NCDs. She is focused on bridging disciplinary interests and advancing traditional and novel policy levers to influence public health at national and international levels.

A graduate of the University of Western Ontario medical school, Dr Rodin went on to complete residencies in both Family Medicine and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She also completed a residency in Preventive Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where she received a Masters in Public Health.

Dr Rodin has worked in public health practice at the local, national and international levels, including advisory roles with Toronto Public Health, the United States Centers for Disease Control and the Pan-American Health Organization. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and was awarded the Dr Andrés Petrasovits Award for Excellence in Public Health by the Government of Canada in 2012.