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10th Annual Public Health Summer School

July 4 - July 5

the 10th annual public health summer school


Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems

July 4th & 5th, 2019


Registration is open now! Click here to register


The Public Health Association is BC is excited to announce the dates of our 10th annual summer school, happening on July 4th and 5th, 2019 at the University of Victoria, University of BC, University of Northern BC and University of BC: Okanagan campus. Drawing practitioners of public health from around the province, PHABC’s annual public health summer school is a leading forum for inspiration, sharing, and learning on public health and health equity at the individual, health care system, and community levels.


This year we have partnered with the Saskatchewan Public Health AssociationManitoba Public Health Association, Yukon Public Health Community of Practice and the Public Health Agency of Canada to bring our summer school across most of western Canada via UBC’s WebEx videoconferencing technology. Our summer school is one of the only continuing education courses for public health. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the latest issues in public health, build your professional skill-set, network with like-minded individuals and find out how you can use complex adaptive systems thinking in your position to affect positive change!


The theme for the 2019 school is “Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems”.  Complexity science is the study of a system and problems that are dynamic, unpredictable and multi-dimensional, and have interconnected relationships and parts. Complex adaptive systems (CAS), occurs within that paradigm of complexity science, and will be the focus of the summer school.  Over the two days participants will be introduced to CAS thinking, what it is, and how it can be used to create innovative solutions to population level interventions in public health.


Some sub-topics to be discussed include: Immunization & Infectious Disease Response, Food Systems & Security, Overdose Response/Safe Supplies and Health Equity in Practice.



Registration is on now, click here to register or copy the link below and paste it in your preferred browser. Save on registration as a member of PHABC and don’t forget to share the event with others who may be interested in attending.


2 Day Registration*
PHABC Members $100.00
Non-members** $160.00
Student PHABC Members $80.00
Student Non-members** $120.00

*Registration does not include lunch; but refreshments will be served at main sites.
**All non-member summer school registrations will include a complimentary one-year membership to PHABC.



Following the format of last year’s summer school and fall conference; our chosen theme, integrated with the discussions held by participants at the summer school, will be used to help guide and inform the curriculum of our annual conference. Participants who attend the summer school are encouraged use what they learn to develop an abstract for consideration at the conference, happening from November 14th to 15th, 2019 at the Sutton Place Hotel in Downtown Vancouver.


If you are interested in attending the summer school but cannot attend at one of the four main BC sites, please contact Christina Harding, summer school & project coordinator, at coordinator@phabc.org to see about setting up a remote site.


We are also looking for volunteers at each of our main sites, if you are interested in attending the summer school but the price of registration is not feasible please contact Christina at coordinator@phabc.org to learn about current volunteering opportunities.


We look forward to seeing all of you this summer!


July 4
July 5