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Canadian Public Health Association

Exploring Careers in Public Health Webinar Series

A day in the life of...

Curious about what it’s really like to work in public health? Join us each month as we dive into a typical day in the life of different public health professionals. 

The webinars—a combination of mentorship and skills-building—will provide participants with career-related insights and advice. This series is primarily intended for students, trainees and early career professionals.

  • A day in the life of an epidemiologist | 13 September 2017, noon-1 p.m.
  • A day in the life of a conference presenter | 19 October 2017, noon-1 pm.
  • A day in the life of a city planner with a public health impact | 15 November 2017, noon-1 p.m.
  • A day in the life of a public health physician | 13 December 2017, 11 a.m.-noon
  • A day in the life of a health promoter | 16 January 2018, noon-1 p.m.
  • A day in the life of a public health post-doctoral candidate | 13 February 2018, noon-1 p.m.
  • A day in the life of an R.D. Defries award recipient | 6 March 2018, noon-1 p.m. 
  • A day in the life of a public health nurse | 11 April 2018, noon-1 p.m.

Cost

  • Free for CPHA members
  • Free for Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC) members in September and December 2017
  • $12 each for non-members

Registration

Registration for each webinar opens in the month preceding the date of the webinar. Find the link to register in each session's detailed description below. Space is limited. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

To receive a full refund, if applicable, we must receive your cancellation notice at least 24-hours prior to the webinar start time. Please notify the Communications Department if you can no longer attend.

Questions?

Direct your webinar series questions to the Communications Department.


2018

A day in the life of a public health nurse

April 11, 2018 12:00pm EST

What roles do nurses play in public health? How do nurses specialize in public health? Public health nurses (PHNs) are specialists who integrate nursing and public health core competencies to impact population health. PHNs work in collaboration with individuals, families, organizations, communities and systems in various settings to prevent illness and injury, protect and promote health. PHNs provide clinical services, and engage in health promotion, surveillance, advocacy, policy, research, and formal leadership roles. PHNs play vital roles in addressing the social determinants …


A Day in the Life of an R.D. Defries Award Recipient

March 6, 2018 5:00pm EST

Dr. Trevor Hancock never set out to become a public health physician. He entered a very specialty-oriented London teaching hospital in 1967 (“yes, I am that old!” he says) fresh from a year as a volunteer teacher in a small community in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo, thinking he would go back to work there. Trevor graduated six years later wanting to be a family physician and with an active engagement in ecological politics. Then almost immediately he moved to Canada, where he did family practice in rural New Brunswick and then in a community health centre in Toronto. But he became tire…


A day in the life of a public health post-doctoral candidate

February 13, 2018 6:00pm EST

In some areas of public health, a postdoc is often the first position following the PhD. This webinar is intended for people who are completing a PhD or considering completing a PhD, and have questions about finding and landing postdoc positions. Laura Struik will share her recent experience and answer some questions you may have: what kind of public health postdocs are there and how do you find them; what to look for in an employer; how can you optimize your CV, cover letter and other application materials; how do committees make hiring decisions; what does the postdoc role entail. The ai…


A day in the life of a health promoter

January 16, 2018 5:00pm EST

What does health promotion entail? What role do health promoters play in public health? Health promotion is a key part of public health and an essential component in any public health program. It is the process of implementing a range of interventions—promoting healthy behaviours, creating supportive environments, encouraging healthy public policies—enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. Dr. Jackson will share her insights as an expert who specializes in participatory health promotion planning and evaluation, and health promotion education and training. She will explain how health promotion looks at the very broadest levels and aims to understand the interaction and interrelationships between these different levels and how they affect different problems whether at the individual, family, community or regional levels. This webinar aims to give you a sense of what you can expect in a health promotion career.

2017

A day in the life of a public health physician

December 13, 2017 4:00pm EST

What role can physicians play in public health? How do physicians specialize in public health? These public health specialists use population health knowledge and skills to play leading and collaborative roles to maintain and improve communities’ health and well-being. Through interdisciplinary and intersectoral partnerships, they measure populations’ health needs and develop strategies to improve health and well-being. Dr. Shovita Padhi, Medical Health Officer and Medical Director at Fraser health will describe a typical day on the job, and give you a sense of what you can expect in a pub…


A Day in the Life of an Urban Planner with a Public Health Impact

November 15, 2017 5:00pm EST

What role can urban planners play to improve health? How do you embed a public health lens in municipal plans and policies? Given that the built environment, land use and transportation systems are among determinants of population health, this webinar will explore the role of an urban planner with a focus on public health and how urban planning can help support more socially just and equitable communities. Ali Shaver, Healthy Built Environment Coordinator with Nova Scotia Health Authority, will describe a typical day on the job, and give you a sense of what you can expect in a public health-focused urban planning career.

A day in the life of a conference presenter

November 9, 2017 5:00pm EST

How do you write a conference presentation abstract? What information and elements should you include in your presentation? How should you handle questions from the audience? There are many elements to consider when developing and delivering a conference presentation. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, a seasoned conference presenter, will share tips and tricks to help you become a great conference presenter. As a former member on the Canadian Public Health Association’s Conference Steering Committee, she will also share some insights from behind the scenes.

A day in the life of an epidemiologist

September 13, 2017 4:00pm EST

How often do diseases occur in different groups of people and why? What can we do to improve health? As medical detectives, epidemiologists are trained to uncover health problems, investigate the causes and consequences of disease, find ways to prevent illness and promote health, and evaluate interventions for public health, clinical practice, health services and policy. Catherine Dickson, public health physician and Field Epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency of Canada, will describe a typical day on the job, and give you a sense of what you can expect in an epidemiology career.


Public health in practice

April 4, 2017 12:00pm EDT

Navigating through different career options can be challenging. This panel will highlight the unique paths and personal experiences of three different types of public health practitioners.

Networking and advancing your career with mentors and advisors

March 1, 2017 12:00pm EST

Developing and maintaining professional relationships beyond your fellow students and/or coworkers is essential for any career in public health. But how do you do this, especially at an early stage of career? The ability to network is critical, and like any skill, it takes practice and refinement. Having mentors and advisors can make a tremendous difference in your ability to perform to your highest potential on the job.