Public Health Blog

Exploring Salutogenesis: A New Frontier in Health Promotion

By: Melissa MacKay, Posted: February 8, 2024

MPH student, Lili Van Camp, completed her practicum with Public Health Ontario during summer 2023. Her work centers on the concept of salutogenesis, which focuses on factors that support human health and wellbeing. Instead of asking “what makes people sick?” salutogenesis poses the question, “what keeps one healthy?”. Simply, the concept explores the origins of health rather than the cause of disease. Key concepts in salutogensis include:

Samuel Njau, MPH Student, launches PosterPitch

By: Melissa MacKay, Posted: June 14, 2023

PosterPitch is a new social networking app for students, academics, and researchers that allows you to share academic posters or abstracts with your networks and a wider audience. PosterPitch is collaborating with the New Venture Creations Team at the University of Guelph to develop the platform for a global audience. Download the app on AppStore or Play Store as ‘PosterPitch’ , or visit, and you’ll be all set to post and share your work!

MPH graduate Steven Lam named recipient of CESEF Graduate Scholarship Program

By: , Posted: January 18, 2021


Congratulations to Steven Lam, MPH graduate and current PhD student in Population Medicine (Public Health), for being named the recipient of the Canadian Evaluation Society Education Fund (CESEF) Graduate Scholarship Program.


What is Public Health?

By: Josh Grignon, Posted: January 18, 2021

What is Public Health?


Working at PHAC to keep COVID Under Control

By: Julia Mielczarek, Posted: January 18, 2021

January 3rd 2020, marked my return to work after the winter holidays. Up until this point, I had been working for five months as an epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency of Canada, within the Influenza and Emerging Respiratory Infectious Surveillance team. I had been responsible for monitoring emerging respiratory pathogens along with my work colleague and supervisor; a small team of three. 


A Project on Climate Change at Durham Region’s Health Department

By: Brianne Kinahan, Posted: January 18, 2021

Back Row (L to R): Alexandra Swirski, Jasantha Naidoo, Sherri Deamond, Kaitlin Bradley, and James Lane

Front Row (L to R): Fangli Xie, Mary-Anne Pietrusiak, Karen Wall, Anjali Pandya


Reflecting on a Multifaceted Virtual Practicum with the Public Health Agency of Canada

By: Natalie Lewoc, Posted: September 8, 2020

A smorgasbord of national enteric outbreak investigations, video chats with accomplished epidemiologists, data visualization activities, statistical analyses, a COVID-19 surveillance rotation… What could this delightful array of experiences be? You guessed it – my virtual summer practicum with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)!

Responding to COVID-19 Abroad: Health Protection in the European Epicentre of the Pandemic

By: Victoria Wells, Posted: September 8, 2020

There is no question the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time, but it has also provided those of us working in public health with one of the greatest learning opportunities of our time. It has tested our strengths, exposed our weaknesses, and forced us to figure out how to improve together as a system. And on a personal level, it has given me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain real-life pandemic response experience.

Courtney Primeau wins NCCPH Knowledge Translation Award

By: Andrew Papadopoulos, Posted: August 28, 2020

Congratulations to Courtney Primeau, an MPH and PhD in Population Medicine (Epidemiology) graduate for being announced as one of the three winners of the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health 2020 Knowledge Translation student award. Courtney and her fellow award winners will be part of a webinar on September 3rd.

Steven Lam receives NCCPH Knowledge Translation award

By: Andrew Papadopoulos, Posted: April 3, 2019

Congratulations to Steven Lam, one of three receipts of this year’s National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) NCCPH Knowledge Translation Awards. This award recognizes the efforts of graduate students in Canada for their outstanding work in knowledge translation.