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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.


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.

Public health research in an academic setting

February 2, 2017 12:00pm EST

A career in public health can take you anywhere. Dr. Hyshka’s path started with an undergraduate lecture on illicit drug policy and led to a faculty appointment conducting applied health services and policy research at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health. In this webinar, Dr. Hyshka will overview her own career trajectory, how she developed a research interest in substance misuse, and a snapshot of her day-to-day activities.

Public health careers outside of the public health sector

January 4, 2017 12:00pm EST

A Master in Public Health degree can take you anywhere. Just because you have a public health degree it’s unrealistic to expect you will get a job in the public health sector… nor should you necessarily want to! This webinar will feature some “non-traditional” careers chosen by people with public health backgrounds. The presenters will share how public health skills and competencies set them apart in the workforce.


Finding a public health practicum placement

December 1, 2016 12:00pm 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 provide tips and lessons learned that will help students who need to find a public health practicum placement regardless of the varied practicum placement approaches at different universities.

Getting a job in public health with a Master in Public Health

November 1, 2016 12:00pm EDT

When it comes to searching for a job, you can’t rely on Google. Searching for a job in public health with a Master in Public Health involves knowing the job landscape and having a professional online presence. This webinar will provide tips and tricks on job searching, developing your online presence, and tailoring your resume and cover letter for a job in public health. The presenter has a background in human resources and public health.

Canada’s public health system

October 6, 2016 12:00pm EDT

Anyone with an interest in public health will benefit from a greater understanding of the structure and organization of public health systems in Canada. As one of the world’s most federated systems, how public health is organized, the services it provides, and by whom they are provided can vary dramatically by province and territory.

Leadership in public health

September 14, 2016 12:00pm EDT

What does it take to be a leader in public health? The field of public health is inherently multidisciplinary and is made up of a wide range of professionals – physicians, nurses, public health inspectors, health promoters, epidemiologists, nutritionists, dental professionals, and more. Yet we stand united around the concept of leadership.