A Career in Public Health – Shaping Your Future

CPHA hosts webinars for students, trainees, and early career professionals. The webinars are a combination of mentorship sessions featuring speakers working in various public health professions and skills-building sessions that will provide participants with career-related tips and tools.

The webinars occur monthly from September to March from 12:00-1:00 pm ET.


  • Free for CPHA members
  • Free for Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC) members in select months
  • $12 each for non-members


Registration for each webinar opens in the month preceding the date of the webinar.

Space is limited. Please notify CPHA Communications if you are no longer able to attend.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

A cancellation notice must be received at least 24-hours prior to the webinar in order to receive a full refund, if applicable. Please notify CPHA Communications if you are no longer able to attend.


If you have any questions about the webinar series, please send an e-mail to CPHA Communications.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 – Leadership in public health
What does it take to be a leader in public health? The field of public health is inherently multidisciplinary and is made up of a wide range of professionals – physicians, nurses, public health inspectors, health promoters, epidemiologists, nutritionists, dental professionals, and more. Yet we stand united around the concept of leadership. This webinar will introduce two contemporary concepts of leadership style, review newly developed Canadian public health leadership competency statements, and showcase relevant literature on the topic. From political astuteness to the roles of humour, emotional intelligence, and spirituality, participants will learn about various skills that will enhance their leadership potential. Leaders need to recognize their personal strengths and weaknesses and the webinar will provide strategies for building self-awareness. Finally, the presenter will offer guidance on how to recognize leadership skills you may already possess and how to develop the skills you need.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 – Canada’s public health system Co-hosted with PHPC
Anyone with an interest in public health will benefit from a greater understanding of the structure and organization of public health systems in Canada. As one of the world’s most federated systems, how public health is organized, the services it provides, and by whom they are provided can vary dramatically by province and territory. In this panel discussion Ak’Ingabe Guyon from Montreal Public Health, Sandra Allison the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Northern Health, and Michael Rachlis, a health policy consultant will each present on the public health systems where they have worked and share their thoughts on public health systems in the rest of Canada and how they could be improved. Emerging leaders in public health will come away with insight on their role in the system and ideas for advancing their professional development goals.

  • Presenters: Ak’ingabe Guyon, Montreal Public Health
    Sandra Allison, Northern Health
    Michael Rachlis, health policy consultant
  • Moderator: Jia Hu, PHPC
  • Watch the webinar recording

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 – Getting a job in public health with an MPH
When it comes to searching for a job, you can’t rely on Google. Searching for a job in public health with an MPH involves knowing the job landscape and having a professional online presence. This webinar will provide tips and tricks on job searching, developing your online presence, and tailoring your resume and cover letter for a job in public health. The presenter has a background in human resources and public health.

Thursday, December 1, 2016 – Finding a public health practicum placement
Most Canadian schools and programs of public and population health require that students fulfil a practicum placement as a graduation requirement. This webinar will provide tips and lessons learned that will help students who need to find a public health practicum placement regardless of the varied practicum placement approaches at different universities. The presenters will overview how to find a placement and how to get the most out of a placement. A recent public health graduate will share her practicum experience and what she’d do differently if given the opportunity.

  • Presenters: Frank Welsh, Canadian Public Health Association
    Shannon Leblanc, Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017 – Public health careers outside of the public health sector
An MPH degree can take you anywhere. Just because you have a public health degree it’s unrealistic to expect you will get a job in the public health sector… nor should you necessarily want to! This webinar will feature some “non-traditional” careers chosen by people with public health backgrounds. The presenters will share how public health skills and competencies set them apart in the workforce.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 – Public health research in an academic setting
A career in public health can take you anywhere. Dr. Hyshka’s path started with an undergraduate lecture on illicit drug policy and led to a faculty appointment conducting applied health services and policy research at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health. In this webinar, Dr. Hyshka will overview her own career trajectory, how she developed a research interest in substance misuse, and a snapshot of her day-to-day activities. A career in public health research in an academic setting might not be what you expect. Dr. Hyshka will highlight the highs and lows of her life as a researcher and will offer career-related advice for students and early career researchers. If you are undertaking public health research or are considering a career in academia, you won’t want to miss out.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Networking and advancing your career with mentors and advisors
Developing and maintaining professional relationships beyond your fellow students and/or coworkers is essential for any career in public health. But how do you do this, especially at an early stage of career? The ability to network is critical, and like any skill, it takes practice and refinement. Having mentors and advisors can make a tremendous difference in your ability to perform to your highest potential on the job. How do you find, approach and sustain these relationships? The presenter in this webinar will discuss how and when to make connections to help develop your own network and establish relationships with mentors and advisors.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – Public health in practice Co-hosted with PHPC
Navigating through different career options can be challenging. This panel will highlight the unique paths and personal experiences of three different types of public health practitioners. Andrew Gray, a Medical Health Officer; Lorraine Telford, a community health nurse; and Paul Cseke, an Environmental Health Officer will share what they currently do in public health and the various educational and professional experiences that led them there.

  • Presenters: Andrew Gray, Northern Health
    Lorraine Telford, Alberta Health Services
    Paul Cseke, Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Moderator: Jia Hu, PHPC