Summer School 2019: Complex Adaptive Systems & Complexity Science Think Piece Released!

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

Think Piece Released!

Registration is open now! Click here to register


Less than a month to go until our 10th annual summer school, Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches & Practice in Complex Systems, happening July 4th and 5th, 2019 at multiple locations across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon. Main BC sites include the University of Victoria, University of BC, University of BC: Okanagan, and University of Northern BC. To register today click here of follow the link below:


Interested in attending but not sure if this year’s theme is right for you? We are pleased to announce we have released our think piece to get you thinking about complex adaptive systems, complexity science and population level interventions. This document is designed to get you thinking about the summer school theme and its subtopics including Immunization & Infectious Disease Response, Food Systems & Security, Overdose Response/Safe Supplies and Wicked Problems in Health Equity. It also provides you with some links for further reading in advance of the school for those who really want to dive into the subject before school starts.


You can see the full think piece below or click here to download a version for offline reading

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Each of the subtopics will have their own half-day session consisting 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.



We are in the process of finalizing presenters for each session and will be releasing their names along with the full agenda shortly. Please keep checking back on our events page for the latest summer school news. You can access it by clicking here or following the link below:


We are still looking for volunteers for our Kelowna and Prince George sites; if you are interested in attending the school but the cost is an impediment to signing up please consider volunteering. You can find out about the latest volunteering opportunities by contacting the summer school coordinator, Christina Harding, at


We hope you are all getting as excited for summer school as we are!