Christopher Simms



Phone: (902) 494-7017
Fax: (902) 494-6849
Mailing Address: 
Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building, 2nd Floor
5850 College Street
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Global Health and Globalization
  • The HIV Pandemic
  • Health Reform
  • Strategic Planning and Innovation
  • Performance Management and Health Outcomes
  • Health Policy


Dr. Simms has spent many years living and working in Africa and Asia including the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya, South Africa, and Madagascar. He has contributed to global health as board member of the Canadian Society for International Health, editorial board member for of the International Journal of Clinical Practice and as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and an overseas fellow of Royal Medical Society.  He has been a regular contributor to BMJ Opinion and Lancet.  


  • BA, Saint Mary's University 
  • MPA, Dalhousie University
  • MHSc, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health 
  • PhD, University of Sussex


  • Canadian Healthcare Delivery Systems (HESA 4000)


  • Royal Medical Society (Overseas Fellow)
  • Royal Society for Public Health (Fellow)
  • Canadian and American Economic Associations
  • Canadian (and Nova Scotia) Public Health Association
  • Institute of Ideas (London)


  • Scholarship, The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, USA 1982
  • Overseas Research Scholarship, 1994 - 1996, Committee of Chancellors & Vice-Chancellors of United Kingdom
  • Visiting Fellow 1985-86, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA

Selected Publications

  • Chris Simms (2022) Predatory Leadership: are nations getting the governments they deserve? Link
  • Chris Simms (2010) International Journal of Clinical Practice: Health reform in Canada, Volume 64, Issue 4 (p 426-428)
  • Chris Simms (2007) "The World Bank and sub-Saharan Africa's HIV/AIDS crisis." Canadian Medical Association Journal, June 2007, 176: 1728-1739. Link
  • Chris Simms and Mike Rowson, (2003) "Reassessment of health effects of the Indonesian economic crisis: donors versus the data." The Lancet Vol. 361, April 19th, 2003, Pages 1382-1385.  Link
  • Chris Simms, John Milimo and Gerry Bloom, (1998) "The Reasons for the Rise in Under-five Mortality in Zambia in the 1980s" Institute of Development Studies (IDS), IDS Working Paper Series, No 76, 1998. Link