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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.

All together now: aggregating multiple records to develop a person-based dataset to integrate and enhance infectious disease surveillance in Ontario, Canada

March 31, 2021 1:00pm

For our March journal club we will discuss a paper on aggregating multiple records to develop a person-based dataset to integrate and enhance infectious disease surveillance in Ontario, Canada

Changes in health behaviours during early COVID-19 and socio-demographic disparities: a cross-sectional analysis

February 24, 2021 2:00pm

Our February journal club discussed a paper on changes in health behaviours during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and examine socio-demographic disparities associated with these changes.

With great inequality comes great responsibility: the role of government spending on population health in the presence of changing income distributions

January 27, 2021 1:00pm

At the January journal club session we discussed a paper on the role of government spending in the presence of changing income distributions.


Identifying visible minorities or racialized persons on surveys: can we just ask?

December 16, 2020 2:30pm

At the December journal club webinar we discussed the paper 'Identifying visible minorities or racialized persons on surveys: can we just ask?'

Psychosocial adaptation to climate change

November 25, 2020 1:00pm

At the November journal club session we discussed a paper on psychosocial adaptation to climate change.

Gender-based analysis when gender data are unavailable

October 28, 2020 1:00pm ET

The October journal club session discussed a paper on conducting gender-based analysis of existing databases when self-reported gender data are unavailable.

Neighbourhood access to health services

September 30, 2020 2:30pm ET

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

Vaping: A growing trend

February 25, 2020 1:30pm

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

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…