Public Health Summer School – Public Health and the Anthropocene

May 2, 2019

Start date: July 9, 2020

End date: July 10, 2020

Time: 0930-1730 Sask time


 Online this year due to COVID-19, but just as engaging as ever
Registration is open.

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Plenary session descriptions:

Break out session descriptions :

For at least the past 70 years, since the mid-20th century, we have been living  — unknowingly, for the most part — in a new geologic epoch: The Anthropocene. This new epoch – literally, a line in the sediment – is the geological expression of a set of massive and rapid global ecological changes, one of which is climate change, that are driven by human activity. These ecological changes and the cultural, social, economic, and technological forces causing them have profound implications for our health and well being and current way of life, at all levels from the personal to the global.

The Anthropocene has serious implications for population health and thus for public health practice locally, provincially, nationally and globally. Ensuring good health for all while making a swift and just transformation to a community and society that remains within the carrying capacity of the Earth requires transformational thinking and action. Knowledge and strategies for working in the interplay between social and ecological systems – from climate change to pandemics and at local through to global scales – are critical competencies to cultivate in this epoch.

This two-day online summer school will utilize engaging and equity informed approaches to exploring the population health implications of global ecological change and to identify and create innovative, effective community level interventions.

The price for registration is $60 plus GST for regular, $50 plus GST for student and seniors. Registration is open to anyone, no matter their location. Those that sign up in the provinces/territories that are involved in the planning committee (Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Yukon) get a complimentary registration to their region’s public health association as an added bonus to attend.

Note that the information package is still being updated and is in Pacific Time. You can see the full package here:

SPC Co-chairs:
Dr. Trevor Hancock, Retired Professor, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
Dr. Maya Gislason, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University 


Dr. Jura Augustinavicius -Assistant Scientist (Research Faculty), Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Jessie Best – Environmental Coordinator, City of Saskatoon

Dr. Katie Clow – Assistant Professor, University of Guelph

Andrew Gage – Staff Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law

Dr. Maya Gislason – Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Cora Hallsworth – Senior Associate, One Earth, BCIT EcoCity Centre

Richard Han – Provincial Manager of Farm to School BC, Public Health Association of BC

Dr. Trevor Hancock – Professor & Senior Scholar (Retired), School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria

Wii Esdes, Sandra A. Martin Harris – Community Developer & Social Development Advisor, Gitksan Government Commission

Mayor Fred Haynes, PhD – Mayor of Saanich, BC

Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon – Director, Cascade Institute, Royal Road University & University Research Chair, University of Waterloo

Dr. Theresa Healy – Adjunct Professor, School of Environmental Planning, University of Northern BC

Rita Koutsodimos – Executive Director, BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society

Dr. Wanda Martin – Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan

Pemma Muzumdar – Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health

Michael Nemeth – Principal, Bright Buildings, Passivhaus & Mechanical Engineering Consulting and Vice-president of SES Solar Co-operative

Dr. Margot W. Parkes – Professor School of Health Sciences, Cross-appointed, Northern Medical Program, University of Northern British Columbia

Dr. Tim Takaro – Professor, Faculty of Health Science, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Rory Tooke – Manager of Sustainability and Asset Management, City of Victoria

Aaren Topley – Provincial Manager of Can You Dig It, Public Health Association of BC

Shannon Turner – Executive Director, Public Health Association of BC

Dr. Shannon Waters – Cowichan Valley Medical Health Officer, Island Health

Jade Yehia, CPHI(C) – Regional Built Environment Consultant, Island Health