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Canadian Public Health Association

Exploring Careers in Public Health Webinar Series

A day in the life of...

Curious about what it’s really like to work in public health? Join us each month as we dive into a typical day in the life of different public health professionals. 

The webinars—a combination of mentorship and skills-building—will provide participants with career-related insights and advice. This series is primarily intended for students, trainees and early career professionals.

  • A day in the life of an epidemiologist | 13 September 2017, noon-1 p.m.
  • A day in the life of a conference presenter | 19 October 2017, noon-1 pm.
  • A day in the life of a city planner with a public health impact | 15 November 2017, noon-1 p.m.
  • A day in the life of a public health physician | 13 December 2017, 11 a.m.-noon
  • A day in the life of a health promoter | 16 January 2018, noon-1 p.m.
  • A day in the life of a public health post-doctoral candidate | 13 February 2018, noon-1 p.m.
  • A day in the life of an R.D. Defries award recipient | 13 March 2018, noon-1 p.m. 
  • A day in the life of a public health nurse | 11 April 2018, noon-1 p.m.


  • Free for CPHA members
  • Free for Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC) members in September and December 2017
  • $12 each for non-members


Registration for each webinar opens in the month preceding the date of the webinar. Find the link to register in each session's detailed description below. Space is limited. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

To receive a full refund, if applicable, we must receive your cancellation notice at least 24-hours prior to the webinar start time. Please notify the Communications Department if you can no longer attend.


Direct your webinar series questions to the Communications Department.


A Day in the Life of Public Health Physician

December 13, 2017 4:00pm EST

What role can physicians play in public health? How do physicians specialize in public health? These public health specialists use population health knowledge and skills to play leading and collaborative roles to maintain and improve communities’ health and well-being. Through interdisciplinary and intersectoral partnerships, they measure populations’ health needs and develop strategies to improve health and well-being. Dr. Shovita Padhi, Medical Health Officer and Medical Director at Fraser health will describe a typical day on the job, and give you a sense of what you can expect in a pub…

A Day in the Life of an Urban Planner with a Public Health Impact

November 15, 2017 5:00pm EST

What role can urban planners play to improve health? How do you embed a public health lens in municipal plans and policies? Given that the built environment, land use and transportation systems are among determinants of population health, this webinar will explore the role of an urban planner with a focus on public health and how urban planning can help support more socially just and equitable communities. Ali Shaver, Healthy Built Environment Coordinator with Nova Scotia Health Authority, will describe a typical day on the job, and give you a sense of what you can expect in a public health-focused urban planning career.

A day in the life of a conference presenter

October 19, 2017 4:00pm EST

How do you write a conference presentation abstract? What information and elements should you include in your presentation? How should you handle questions from the audience? There are many elements to consider when developing and delivering a conference presentation. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, a seasoned conference presenter, will share tips and tricks to help you become a great conference presenter. As a former member on the Canadian Public Health Association’s Conference Steering Committee, she will also share some insights from behind the scenes.

A day in the life of an epidemiologist

September 13, 2017 4:00pm EST

How often do diseases occur in different groups of people and why? What can we do to improve health? As medical detectives, epidemiologists are trained to uncover health problems, investigate the causes and consequences of disease, find ways to prevent illness and promote health, and evaluate interventions for public health, clinical practice, health services and policy. Catherine Dickson, public health physician and Field Epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency of Canada, will describe a typical day on the job, and give you a sense of what you can expect in an epidemiology career.

Public health in practice

April 4, 2017 12:00pm EDT

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.

Networking and advancing your career with mentors and advisors

March 1, 2017 12:00pm EST

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.

Public health research in an academic setting

February 2, 2017 12:00pm EST

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.

Public health careers outside of the public health sector

January 4, 2017 12:00pm EST

A Master in Public Health 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.


Finding a public health practicum placement

December 1, 2016 12:00pm EST

Most Canadian schools and programs of public and population health require that students fulfill 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.

Getting a job in public health with a Master in Public Health

November 1, 2016 12:00pm EDT

When it comes to searching for a job, you can’t rely on Google. Searching for a job in public health with a Master in Public Health 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.