Mikiko Terashima

Assistant Professor; Graduate Program Co-ordinator


Email: mikiko.terashima@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-3114
Mailing Address: 
5410 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4R2
Office: E204 Sexton House, 6299 South St. Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Research Associate, Healthy Population Institute, Spatial Intelligence for Health Knowledge Laboratory (SILK-Lab), Dalhousie University


  • PhD 2011, Interdisciplinary Studies, Dalhousie University
  • MSc 2000, Planning, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia
  • BA 1995, International Studies (Honours), Michigan State University


  • PLAN 2002 Community Design Methods
  • PLAN 2010 Sustainable Community Design
  • PLAN 5304 Planning Methods B
  • ENVS 3400 Environment and Human Health (2012-2014)

Research Interests

Mikiko’s main research interest revolves around methods of measuring various social and built environmental forces that create systematic inequalities in health and well-being among different groups of people across different places. One of her current areas of research involves investigations of spatial accessibility to services necessary for the population to maintain health and well-being such as food outlets and primary health services. Another area deals with a different kind of accessibility—built environment that enables or hinders the use of space by individuals with different types and levels of mobility (primarily individuals with different sensory impairments and older individuals).  Mikiko is currently collaborating with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness to create a health data infrastructure and web mapping portal of health statuses and service utilizations based on primary healthcare service catchment areas. The health data infrastructure will serve as the foundation of her research program which organizes Indicators of Health Opportunity Structures (IHOPS) as a tool to assess the effectiveness of various planning activities. Her current grants include:

  • Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Establishment Grant, “Spatial Access to Multitude of Services and Amenities as indicators of health-promoting opportunity structure in communities (SAMoSA)”, 2017-2020, (Principal Investigator) * Student Funding Opportunity Available
  • Social Science and Health Research Council Research Development Fund “Spatial access to alcohol outlets and youth risk behaviours”, 2016-2018, (Principal Investigator)

Selected Publications

  • Thomas, R. and Terashima, M. (2017). Aging Atlantic cities: Challenges and potential solutions for planners. Plan Canada 57(3): 8-11.
  • Terashima, M., Carter, A.J.  (2017) Correlation of age and rurality with low-urgency use of Emergency Medical Services (LUEMS): A geographic analysis. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. 1-8 doi:10.1017/cem.2017.364.
  • Terashima, M., Kephart, G. (2016) Misclassification errors from postal code-based geocoding to assign census geography in Nova Scotia, Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 107:e1-17.
  • Terashima, M., Rainham, D., & Levy, A.R. (2014). A small-area analysis of inequalities in chronic disease prevalence across urban and non-urban communities in the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada, 2007-2011. BMJ Open. 4:e004459. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004459.
  • Terashima, M., Guernsey, J.R., & Andreou, P. (2014). What type of rural?: assessing the variations in life expectancy at birth across small-areas using classes of locally defined settlement types. BMC Public Health. 14:162, doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-162.
  • Carter, A.J.E., Overton, J., Terashima, M., & Cone, D.C. (2013). Can emergency medical services use turnaround time as a proxy for measuring ambulance offload time?  Journal of Emergency Medicine, 8:1-6.
  • Terashima, M., Rainham, D., & Levy, A.R. (2013). Should we enhance commonly used deprivation indices for a regional context?  Canadian Journal of Public Health, 104:e311-e316.   
  • Terashima, M. (2013).  Compositional Variables.  Michalos (ed.) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. Springer.  ISBM 978-94-007-0752-8.
  • Riva, M., Terashima, M., Curtis, S., Shucksmith, J., & Carlebach, S. (2011). Coalfield health effects: variation across former coalmining communities in England.  Health & Place, 17:588-597.
  • Levy, A.R., Terashima, M., & Travers, A. (2010). Should geographic analyses guide the creation of regionalized care centres for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction? Open Medicine, 1:22-25.
  • Jones, J., Terashima, M., & Rainham, D. (2009). Fast food and deprivation in Nova Scotia, Canadian Journal of Public Health, 100:32-35.

Technical Reports

  • Terashima M, Jones, P., Christian, E., Ahrens, B., Dowling, L., Traynor, R. (2016). An inter-sectoral, collaborative approach to the development of Nova Scotia community clusters. Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit. Halifax, Nova Scotia. 
  • Halifax Food Policy Alliance (2016). Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit.  Created under the Thrive! initiative.  
  • Davidson, T., Kuhn, P. and Terashima, M. (2015). Creating Sub-Regional Geographic Districts within the Halifax Regional Centre to Support Evidence-based Planning, Report for Halifax Regional Municipality.

Major Scholarships

  • 2012-2014    Canadian Institute of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2012-2014    Elizabeth May Chair Environmental Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2009-2011    Atlantic RURAL Centre Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2005-2008    Canadian Institute of Health Research Strategic Research, Strategic Training Grant: Public Health and Agricultural Rural  Ecosystem (PHARE)
  • Training Fellowship
    2005-2007    Killam Foundation Pre-doctoral Scholarship

Memberships and Service                

  • Canadian Institute of Planners (Candidate)
  • Atlantic Planners Institute (Candidate)
  • Canadian Public Health Association
  • Halifax Accessibility Advisory Committee