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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.


Finding a public health practicum placement

October 31, 2018 1:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ET

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.