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Canadian Public Health Association

Exploring Careers in Public Health Webinar Series

Making the most out of your degree in public health

One story, two ways: professional and student perspectives...

Join us each month as we dive into a topic related to a degree in public health. To the extent possible, topics will be covered from two perspectives: public health professionals and students with experience in the topic.

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.

  • Finding a public health practicum placement | 31 October 2018
  • Student perspectives on the public health practicum experience | 22 November 2018
  • Ways for students to get involved with CPHA | 12 December 2018
  • Peer review of a quantitative manuscript | 16 January 2019
  • Getting your research noticed | 25 February 2019
  • Call to action on climate change and health | 27 March 2019
  • Community engagement in public health | 17 April 2019, 13:00-14:00 ET.


  • Free for CPHA members
  • $12 each for non-members


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.


Webinar recordings are available immediately following the webinar for CPHA members and paid registrants. Webinar recordings are posted on YouTube three months following the presentation.


Direct your webinar series questions to the Communications Department.


Community engagement in public health

April 17, 2019 1:00pm EST

Community engagement is a central component of population health interventions. Current evidence suggests that community engagement can improve user satisfaction, lead to more appropriate programs, and increase access to community strengths and resources. The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion includes “strengthening community action” as one of its five action areas. In this webinar, Lisa Attygalle and Heather Keam will discuss the importance of authentic engagement, how to plan for community engagement and share key strategies, tools and resources for mobilizing the community to collecti…

Call to action on climate change and health

March 27, 2019 1:00pm EST

Canadians are already feeling the adverse health effects of climate change and time is running out to prevent catastrophic climate change. In the summer of 2018 many Canadians experienced soaring temperatures, massive wildfires, and dangerous levels of air pollution as smoke blanketed their communities. The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) and the Urban Public Health Network (UPHN) are asking all federal parties to recognize that climate…

Getting your research noticed

February 25, 2019 12:00pm EST

Now that you've published an academic research paper in public health, what’s next? Sharing your research through mainstream media is a great way to expand your impact. In this webinar, Shari Graydon will share concrete strategies to help you translate your knowledge into short form media commentary capable of engaging a broader audience. Participants will come away with applied skills and the incentive to share their expert knowledge with the lay public. Please note that this webinar will not be recorded and slides will not be made available following the webinar.

Peer review of a quantitative manuscript

January 16, 2019 1:00pm EST

As the only Canadian peer-reviewed publication dedicated to public health in Canada, the Canadian Journal of Public Health (CJPH) should be a venue of choice for Canadian researchers and graduate students to publish original results from their research projects. Publishing in peer-reviewed journals, however, is often a hazardous journey. Typically, the CJPH receives 400 papers per year for consideration, two-thirds of which are rejected outright, i.e., without being sent to peer review. In this webinar, Louise Potvin and Nazeem Muhajarine will share some key tips for peer reviewin…


Ways for students to get involved with CPHA

December 12, 2018 1:00pm EST

Students and early career professionals are integral to CPHA’s membership. The Student Director oversees the Student and Early Career Committee, which helps provide input on current student activities and future directions. Activities include developing the annual student webinar series, Mentorship Program, Ambassador Program, Editorial Group, and Annual Conference. This webinar featured a brief presentation by Manasi Parikh, CPHA’s Student Director. Representatives from various student initiatives were available to answer questions.

Student perspectives on the public health practicum experience

November 22, 2018 1:00pm EST

Most Canadian schools and programs of public and population health require that students fulfill a practicum placement as a graduation requirement. This webinar will showcase the experience of recent graduates who completed a public health practicum placement and how the experience shaped their career path. They will discuss what they liked most, lessons learned, and tips for current students in the process of lining up a practicum.

Finding a public health practicum placement

October 31, 2018 1:00pm EST

Do you need to fulfill a practicum placement as a graduation requirement? This webinar will provide tips and lessons learned that will help students find a public health practicum placement regardless of the varied practicum placement approaches at different universities. Lisa Metselaar will discuss goal setting for your practicum to help you get the most out of a placement. Frank Welsh will provide a preceptor’s perspective. Having supervised dozens of practicum students, he has countless tips to share!

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…