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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 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.


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.

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.