Registration now open for Public Health Summer School 2019!

the 10th annual public health summer school

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems

July 4th & 5th, 2019

BC Sites: University of BC, University of Victoria, University of BC: Okanagan, University of Northern BC


Registration is open now! Click here to register


Have you had a chance to check out the save the date for our upcoming public health summer school? This year’s event is happening July 4th and 5th at university campuses across BC, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. Now in its 10th year, the two-day continuing education program give public health professionals the opportunity to gather together, network, and learn about the latest innovations in public health & how to take concept to practice in two days of engaging presentations, workshops and discussions. Registration is on now!



This year we are excited to partner with Saskatchewan Public Health Association, Manitoba Public Health Association, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Yukon’s Public Health Community of Practice to give participants across most of western Canada the option to join in our event. For information on registering for a BC site, click here or copy and paste this link into you preferred browser ( For information on registering in Manitoba or Saskatchewan, check out their respective webpages below. Please contact Christina, summer school coordinator, at  for information on registering for the Yukon site.

Saskatchewan Public Health Association    

Manitoba Public Health Association          



Over the two days you will be introduced to complex adaptive systems (CAS) thinking, a branch of complexity science, and will learn how to take concept to practice to create innovative solutions to current issues public health & learn about effective population level interventions. Subtopics that will be covered will include Immunizations/Infectious Disease Response, Health Equity in Practice, Food Systems & Security, and Overdose Response/Safe Supplies.



Each half-day session will consist of a multi-site wide presentation, introducing the subtopic and how it relates to CAS, followed by a workshop component where participants at each site will take the concept to practice with the chance to work through real issues in public health collaboratively and finish with a feedback session where participants will engage in a knowledge exchange between the various sites. Both days will begin with an overview of CAS and complexity science and end with a recap of what was learned.



We will be releasing our preliminary agenda and scheduled speakers soon, please check back on the event page for more details as they are released. And don’t forget to tell your friends! Our overarching theme and subtopics will be the focus of our annual fall conference, happening on November 14th and 15th, 2019. If you are interested in presenting at our fall conference, we highly suggest attending the summer school to gain a thorough understanding of our theme.



If you are in Kelowna or Prince George and would like to volunteer for the summer school, please contact Christina at to learn about current volunteering opportunities. Victoria and Vancouver sites have already reached their volunteer limit, thank you to everyone who reached out to us.



We hope to see many of you this summer!