Christina Mills is a Research Professor in the Department of Health Studies and Gerontology at University of Waterloo, where she is leading the development of the Universitys new Masters degree program in public health. She obtained her undergraduate degrees in political science and medicine at York University and McMaster University, respectively, and her specialty training in Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She has lived and worked in Latin America and Canada as a teacher, youth worker, translator, health educator, physician and public health practitioner. During most of her public health career she worked for Health Canada, where most recently she was the founding Director General of the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (now part of the Public Health Agency of Canada). She is President of the Board of Directors of Action for Health in the Americas, a member of the Board of the Ontario Public Health Association and a past president of the Canadian Public Health Association.