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Faculty and Students attend Create an Impact Reception

Faculty and Students attend Create an Impact Reception


by Kelly Brennan

On February 24th, the Create an Impact reception was held to recognize graduate students and post doctoral students at Queen’s University who received a tri-council award from SSHERC, NSERC and CIHR. The Department of Public Health Sciences was well represented at this event, as several Master’s and PhD students have received CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarships to pursue their research. A few PHS students and their supervisors were in attendance for a congratulatory speech from Dr. Brenda Brouwer (the Vice Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies) followed by some networking over hors d’ouevres.

The event was a great opportunity to network among graduate students from other departments and find out what their research is all about.

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Roger Leung successfully defends his MSc thesis

Roger Leung successfully defends his MSc thesis


On Friday, December 18, 2015, MSc candidate Roger Leung successfully defended his MSc thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences. Roger's thesis title was Factors Associated with reduction in metabolic risk score during a lifestyle intervention program. He was supervised by Drs. Helene Ouellette-Kuntz (PHS) and Darren Heyland (MED), and his examiners were Drs. Dean Van Vugt (DBMS), Will Pickett (PHS), Meagan Carter (PHS), and Michael McIsaac (PHS). Roger has gained employment as Project Leader in the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit at Queen’s University. Congratulations Roger. 

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Jeffrey Dixon successfully defends his MSc thesis

Jeffrey Dixon successfully defends his MSc thesis


On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, MSc candidate Jeffrey Dixon successfully defended his MSc thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences. Jeff's thesis title was Impacts of the Patient-Centred Medical Home on Healthcare Access and Utilization Indicators for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Ontario. He was supervised by Drs. Helene Ouellette-Kuntz (PHS) and Mike Green (PHS), and his examiners were Drs. Catherine Donnelly (School of Rehabilitation Therapy), Will Pickett (PHS), Dana Edge (PHS), and Richard Birtwhistle (PHS). Jeff will continue in his role as Salesforce Business Analyst in The Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business, Queen’s University. Jeff has also started a PhD in Management Information Systems at Smith School of Business. Congratulations Jeff. 

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Public Health Science Day

Public Health Science Day


by Brenda Melles

November 20, 2015 - Over a hundred students, staff and faculty gathered at the Tett Centre for the Department’s annual Public Health Science Day. Plenary speakers - all groundbreaking researchers in their fields - as well as students from the Department’s various degree programs showcased the broad scope of public health experience and expertise in the Department.

Emergency response and surveillance was a theme of the morning plenary speakers. Dr. Susan Bartels, Clinician Scientist from the Department of Emergency Medicine, described her research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the setting for the world’s most devastating complex humanitarian emergency in terms of its impact on morbidity and mortality.

Dr. Kieran Moore, Assistant Medical Officer of Health and KFL&A Public Health and Adjunct Faculty in the Department assigned participants into various emergency scenarios. Small groups buzzed with discussion on surveillance needs and public health responses to events such as large scale outbreaks, mass casualty events, or prolonged heat waves.

In the afternoon, Dr. Ian Janssen, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Obesity and Professor in the Department, described his current research using accelerometers and GPS watches to track actual, versus self-reported physical activity among children. Results are fascinating but discouraging with the vast majority (9 out of 10) not meeting physical activity guidelines. 

The day also included a variety of student presentations from students in the PhD and Master of Science programs in Epidemiology as well as Biostatistics. From research on military family health, to sleep and injury in Saskatchewan farmers, to molecular epidemiology and breast cancer, to new biostatistical approaches to missing data, student’s work showcased a compelling range of important topics. Eight Master of Public Health students also profiled their summer practicum placements in a variety of settings, including health units, northern communities, and provincial and government organizations.

The day ended with student performances of original health-related poetry. Whether haiku, rhyming couplets or free verse, performers closed out the day to the sounds of laughter and applause.

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