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Canadian Public Health Association

Public Health Virtual Journal Club

Join us each month as we discuss a different paper published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

The webinars will provide participants the opportunity to critically evaluate peer-reviewed journal articles in a supportive learning environment. Participants will be exposed to a range of methodological and analytical approaches used in public health research and will develop skills and competencies in public health methods and analysis.

This series is primarily intended for public health students, trainees and early career professionals with an interest in research, policy, practice, and/or evaluation.


  • Free for CPHA members and volunteers. CPHA members must register via the members’ portal.
  • $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. 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.


Neighbourhood access to health services

September 30, 2020 2:30pm EDT

For our first journal club session we will discuss a paper on neighbourhood access to health services.

Vaping: A growing trend

February 25, 2020 1:30pm EST

E-cigarette use (vaping) is a growing trend, particularly among adolescents and youth. To effectively address the rising prevalence of vaping, public health professionals need a common understanding about the health consequences of vaping, including the chemical composition of e-liquids, e-cigarette toxicity, and potential for addiction, along with evidence-based policies and regulations that have been applied to curb the trend. Gideon St.Helen from the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California San Francisco will present on what e-cigarettes are, the…

Population Health Research Data Management and Sharing

January 23, 2020 1:30pm EST

In the age of “big data” and “open data,” it’s easy to be swayed by the idea that “more” equals “better.” A common understanding of the theories and principles underpinning data collection, management, and storage is needed to promote high quality research and decision-making. In this webinar, Janis Geary will provide a high-level overview of these concepts with an emphasis on population health data. Naomi Hamm will discuss research methods for chronic disease surveillance using administrative health datasets and challenges associated with using complex data for secondary analyses. Partici…


Career Readiness: Non-profit Public Health Leadership

December 11, 2019 1:30pm EST

Have you ever considered a career in the non-profit sector? What is the profile of someone who is likely to succeed in this environment? This webinar will highlight opportunities for public health leadership in the non-profit sector. The presenters have spent some portion of their career in the non-profit sector and will share their professional experiences. This will include broader opportunities to influence the social determinants of health, similarities and differences with public health careers in the public or private sectors, benefits and drawbacks of careers with non-profits, and l…

Participatory Urban Planning: An Approach to Foster the Development of Healthy Built Environments

November 21, 2019 1:30pm EST

This webinar, offered in French only, will clarify the concept of public participation from a built environment perspective. It will explain how engagement is essential in order to achieve healthy places for residents and how it can help to identify issues that might otherwise go undetected. The webinar will also illustrate how participatory urban planning along with healthy built environments can tackle issues such as heat islands, collisions in low-income neighbourhoods, and limited access to green spaces or health institutions. Finally, the presenter will use case studies to demonstrate…

Career Readiness: Connect with Public Health Employers

October 24, 2019 1:30pm EDT

This webinar will connect public health employers with students to share information on needed competencies of new hires in public health organizations. Students will learn about strategies to gain the kind of experience public health employers look for in applicants. Each panelist will briefly present on their perspective from their workplace, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and engage with the three panelists.

2019 Election Primer for Public Health Students

September 19, 2019 1:30pm EDT

The upcoming federal election is an opportunity to get public health issues on the agenda of Canada’s political parties. Canada needs a federal government that is committed to sustained investment in public health across the country. This includes investment in strategies and programs that support strong healthy people in Canada regardless of their economic and social status. In this webinar, Trish Hennessy, Executive Director at Upstream, will provide an overview of the 43rd Canadian General Election and what the polls are showing. Frank Welsh, Director of Policy at the Canadian Public He…

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.