Public Health Blog

A Few Last Words on Practicum Experiences from a Student at Oxford County Public Health

By: Stephanie Duench, Posted: August 29, 2017

My summer at Oxford County Public Health may be finished, but the valuable experiences that I have absorbed along the way will last forever.

The purpose of my practicum project was to better understand the changes that occurred to the food premises inspection workload (i.e., number of food premises inspections) in Oxford County as a result of the provincial modifications to the risk assessment tool instituted in 2015.

Reflecting on health, Recognizing growth, Realizing possibility: Supporting Global Health Research at the International Development Research Centre

By: Adele Heagle, Posted: August 4, 2017

In an institution that honours “knowledge, innovation, and solutions,” I have had the privilege of being surrounded and influenced by leaders seeking to create meaningful change in the global world. For the past two and a half months I have been finding my own path towards greater impact, whilst completing my practicum at the International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) Food, Environment, and Health (FEH) and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program.

Jamie Snook Awarded the Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

By: Andrew Papadopoulos, Posted: July 28, 2017

Public Health at the University of Guelph would like to congratuate Jamie Snook (PhD, Public Health) on receive the prestigious Trudeau Foundation Award. You can read more about Jamie's award and research at the following link. Jamie is only one of 15 people in Canada to receive the prestigious scholarship, awarded for academic excellence and civic engagement in the social sciences and humanities.

PHAC Practicum: There’s only how many weeks left?!

By: Alyson Raschkowan, Posted: July 24, 2017

Even though I am about to enter the final month of my practicum with the Public Health Agency of Canada, my work feels like it is only just getting started! Here at the Centre for Food-borne, Environmental, and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, my data analysis is complete and I have been working away at a draft manuscript, a report on Canadians’ exposures to animals. The data analysis proved to be much more interesting than anticipated, and there were probably many more things that could have been explored if more time was available.

Midterm Reflection of Halton Region Practicum Placement

By: Jessica Mammone, Posted: July 24, 2017

I cannot believe that I am already 11 weeks into my practicum placement with Halton Region’s Public Health Surveillance and Evaluation (PHSE) team! My time here has been flying by and I’m learning so much about analysis and reporting of surveillance data, and conducting program evaluations.

Enhancing Wildlife Surveillance in Canada Through the Wildlife Health Tracker

By: Mark Reist, Posted: July 14, 2017

Over the summer, I have been completing my practicum placement at the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC), and for those who are unaware, the CWHC is a national organization dedicated to generating knowledge needed to assess and manage wildlife health. A large portion of what the CWHC does is centered around wildlife disease surveillance to detect emerging health threats to wildlife, including risks posed to humans and livestock.  

The Undertakings of Data Collection in the Philippines

By: Jessica Helwig, Posted: July 12, 2017

Grabe– the Tagalog expression to describe something serious, extreme, or exceptional, which is exactly how I would describe the first half of my practicum experience working with the Foundations for Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) at the project site in the Philippines.

A Midterm Reflection of my Time at PHAC

By: Rachelle Janicki, Posted: July 11, 2017

This summer, like several of my fellow MPHers, I am completing my practicum placement at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in Guelph, Ontario. I have to echo what others have said – I cannot believe summer is over halfway through!

An Update from Cancer Care Ontario: Evaluation and Report Development

By: Robbie D'Addazio, Posted: June 30, 2017

In my last post, I discussed how I was currently building an evaluation matrix for the CCO SEER*Stat Package – Release 10. This matrix has now been finalized and I have begun developing a questionnaire for a survey that will be sent out to external users of the package in the coming weeks. This has definitely been a fascinating process, as it involves conducting stakeholder consultations to ensure the questionnaire satisfies the information needs of each audience.

My Summer at PHAC

By: Nicole Pachal, Posted: June 29, 2017

My practicum placement at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is now halfway completed and I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. Within PHAC, I work in the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in the Public Health Risk Sciences division. The focus of my project is to complete a scoping literature review on a mosquito-borne disease. I have already completed several stages of the review such as drafting a protocol, completing the literature search, and screening the identified documents for relevance. Currently, I am in the data characterization stage of my project.