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MPH students develop walking tours

In 2013, with the guidance of instructor Dr. Colleen Davison, MPH students developed "Determinants of Health" walking tours which are now publicly available. Each 90 minute self-guided tour has an audio file, accompanying guide and map that can be downloaded (see and click on extras). The initiative was highlighted the week of May 6, 2014 in the Kingston Whig Standard and on Queen's News. Well done Queen's MPH students!


PHS faculty members receive a grant from the Heart and Stoke Foundation

Drs. Ian Janssen and Michael McIsaac have received a $293,000 grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada to study outdoor active play, an important yet vastly understudied mode of child physical activity.  This cross-sectional study of 10-12 year olds will use new technology to measure active play levels in an objective and novel manner.  The primary objective of this study is to determine how much active play children get in a typical day.  A second objective is to determine what individual, family, and neighbourhood factors predict active play.  The final objective is to determine whether active play is a stronger correlate of chronic disease risk factors than other forms of physical activity such as organized sport, physical education, and active transportation.    


Thanks to Work Placement Student

Thanks to Jéhanne Hurlbut, work placement student (Office Administration – General/Legal) from St. Lawrence College, who recently joined the Department for two weeks.  Jéhanne spent her time with us revising the filing system for the main office and assisting the graduate office with the preparation of recruitment materials.  We appreciated her hard work and wish her luck in finding permanent employment now that she has completed her program.


Seventeenth Annual Meeting for Health Sciences Research Trainees Day

The Seventeenth Annual Meeting for Health Sciences Research Trainees will be held on Tuesday, June 3rd 2014 in the Biosciences atrium.

This all-day meeting has been organized in order to provide a forum for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research project students, medical students, and clinical residents of the Faculty of Health Sciences and related Schools/Faculties at Queen’s University to discuss their recent research findings. Individuals interested in presenting should submit their abstract(s) according to the instructions outlined in the attached form. All presentations will be made by trainees only.

Call for Abstracts


Successful Seminar Series

Students and faculty within the Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and interested members of the Queen’s community have had opportunity to attend twenty interesting seminars this academic year.  The variety of topics has enriched learning, exposed participants to inspiring research within and outside Queen’s, and promoted interdisciplinary networking. 


Melanie Walker successfully defends her PhD thesis

On Wednesday March 26th, 2014, doctoral candidate Melanie Walker successfully defended her PhD thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences.  Melanie's topic was the potential role of Vitamin D levels as a determinant of breast density, an intermediate endpoint for breast cancer.  She was supervised by Dr. Will King, Dr. Harriet Richardson, and Dr. Ralph Meyer, and her examiners were Drs. Celine Vachon (Mayo Clinic), Michael Brundage (Oncology), Ian Janssen (PHS) and Will Pickett (PHS).  During the upcoming year, she will continue her studies as a post-doctoral fellow in the Cancer Care and Epidemiology research unit under the direction of Dr. Patti Groome.  Congratulations Melanie. 


Summer Field School Course Possibility for Public Health Sciences Students

The Departments of Geography and Public Health Sciences are delighted to announce that new faculty member, Dr. Heather Castleden, will be offering a Field School for graduate students this coming August on 'Indigenous Perspectives of the Environment and Health'.  To learn more about the Field School (for which graduate students may earn credit for GPHY 894), you are invited to an informal meeting with Dr. Castleden in the Grad Club on Friday, 4th April between 4 pm and 5:30 pm (look for the sign saying 'Field School' on the 1st floor). You may also contact Dr. Castleden at Heather.Castleden@Dal.Ca.   


Dr. Erica Weir joins the Department of Public Health Sciences

The Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Erica Weir has joined Public Health Sciences as a new faculty member. Dr. Erica Weir is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine physician appointed to the Departments of Public Health Sciences and Medicine. She divides her work week between teaching in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program and providing clinical care to geriatric patients at Providence Care, St Mary’s of the Lake site. Prior to her appointment at Queen’s, Dr. Weir worked for several years as an Associate Medical Officer of Health in a local public health unit.   

Dr. Weir ‘s primary responsibilities within the Department of Public Health Sciences include teaching EPID 827 (Public Health Leadership and Administration), designing a course in environmental health and health protection and leading the development of a strategic plan for the future direction of the MPH program.