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Spring Convocation 2014

On June 6, 2014 the Department of Public Health Sciences held a Convocation Reception for recent MPH, MSc (Epidemiology) and PhD (Epidemiology) graduates. Department Head, Will Pickett, noted: "I am very proud of our graduates, who all are a credit to the Department. Congratulations on this important accomplishment". 


Shari Thomas successfully defends her MSc thesis

On Wednesday June 11, 2014, MSc candidate Shari Thomas successfully defended her MSc thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences.  Shari's thesis title was The influence of Toxic Metals on Small for Gestational Age. She was supervised by Drs. Will King and Tye Arbuckle, and her examiners were Drs. Stevenson Fergus (Kinesiology and Health Studies), Ian Casson (Medicine), Harriet Richardson (PHS), and Will Pickett (PHS). Shari has gained employment with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute​ as a Methodologist. Congratulations Shari. 


Lidija Latifovic successfully defends her MSc thesis

On Friday June 20, 2014, MSc candidate Lidija Latifovic successfully defended her MSc thesis to the Department of Public Health Sciences. Lidija's thesis title was The influence of alcohol consumption, smoking and physical activity on peripheral blood leukocyte telomere length. She was supervised by Drs. Will King and Tom Massey, and her examiners were Drs. Cheryl King-VanVlack (Rehabilitation Therapy), Louise Winn (Biomedical Sciences), Ian Janssen (PHS), and Heather Stuart (PHS). Lidija has gained employment with Cancer Care Ontario as a Research AssistantCongratulations Lidija. 


Vikki Ho attends the Canadian Student Health Research Forum (CSHRF) in Winnipeg

Vikki Ho, a recent graduate in the Department of Public Health Sciences, attended the Canadian Student Health Research Forum (CSHRF) in Winnipeg as one of Queen’s nominated top PhD students. The forum offers networking, research exposure and recognition to Canada’s most promising research trainees in the health sciences Dr. Ho presented her thesis work within the annual CIHR national research poster competition at this event and received an Honorable Mention.  


Department of Public Health Sciences takes part in QUQAP review

Public Health Sciences welcomed external reviewers to Carruthers Hall on May 28th and May 29th as part of the Queen’s University Quality Assurance Process (QUQAP) review of the graduate programs within our Department.

Drs. Kathy Speechley (Western University),  Sentil Senthilselvan (University of Alberta) and Marcia Finlayson (Queen’s) spent two days meeting with Deans, faculty, students and staff to learn about our MSc, MPH and PhD programs.  They will submit a review by the end of June.


MPH students develop walking tours

With 2013 EPID 826 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.