Summer School 2020 Registration is Now OPEN! Think Piece Released

11th Annual Public Health Summer School 2020

Think Globally, Act Locally

Public Health and the Anthropocene

Thursday July 9th & Friday July 10th, 2020


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Online this year due to COVID-19 but just as engaging as ever. Sign-up and attend anywhere you have internet


Want to know more? Read the Think Piece



The Public Health Association of BC; in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Saskatchewan Public Health Association, the Manitoba Public Health Association and the Yukon Public Health Community of Practice, are excited to announce that registration is now open for our 11th annual public health summer school, “Think Globally, Act Locally: Public Health and the Anthropocene”! This year’s summer school will take place on Thursday July 9th and Friday July 10th, 2020 and will be hosted entirely online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.



Registration is $60 ($50 for students/seniors) +GST for the two day summer school and individuals joining from BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba or the Yukon will also receive a complimentary 1-year membership to their region’s public health association!

Registration is open now at:



We are excited to have Dr. Trevor Hancock and Dr. Maya Gislason as our scientific program co-chairs for this year’s school on the Anthropocene and Public Health. The Anthropocene is arguably the greatest threat to health in the 21st century, barring nuclear war. In order to significantly reduce our ecological footprint, a profound transformation of our society, economy and entire way of life needs to be realized. This has important implications for population and public health practice, at all levels from the local to the global. Our intent is to locate this year’s summer school in this global ecological context, while grounding it in local public health action and linking it to the emerging debate about the need for transformative societal change and a just transition to a sustainable ‘One Planet’ society.



It is our hope that the information about our summer school is shared across the country to anyone who may be interested in attending. I encourage every one of our members to retweet and repost our social media content regarding the summer school. I’ve included the links below to our various social media accounts, please like and follow us!

Facebook: @PublicHealthAssociationBC
Instagram: @PHA_BC
Twitter: @PHA_BC



Interested in attending but not sure if the theme is right for you? Check out our think piece, which provides an detailed overview of the main theme of this year’s summer school, public health and the Anthropocene. This includes some further reading and resources to ensure you arrive at summer school prepared to dive into the topics.


You can read the full think piece here: Think Piece 2020



We will be releasing the draft agenda and announcing the first round of speakers soon, please keep checking the General Information page for the latest information.



If you have any questions about the summer school please do not hesitate to contact us at