Health Promotion

Health Promotion

Program of Study and Degree (MSc/PhD)

Health promotion is the art and science of facilitating behavioural, educational, environmental, regulatory, organizational, or political mechanisms that enable individuals, groups, and communities to improve and increase control over their health, and to promote health equity.  We have a comprehensive, multi-level view of health and health determinants; approach problems and issues in a multidisciplinary, applied way; and include quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methodologies in our work. Our work also reflects the substance of public health suggested by this definition, as we aim to inform health promotion interventions and wider efforts to promote social justice and change. 

Students in health promotion are provided with the training to investigate issues that affect the health of groups and communities, and to plan, implement, and evaluate public health interventions.

The Master of Science degree consists of a minimum of four one-term graduate level courses, and write and orally defense their thesis. Under the guidance of a thesis supervisor, students complete a comprehensive study in an area of health promotion in accordance with the regulations of the Queen's School of Graduate Studies. Doctoral students complete two one-term graduate level courses, comprehensive examination, and write and orally defend their thesis.

Facilities and Equipment

We have many partnerships and links with community groups and service providers in Kingston and elsewhere in Ontario and Canada.

Faculty Research Interests

For further information please contact one of the following faculty members:

Dr. Stevenson Fergus

Dr. Amy Latimer-Cheung

Dr. Lucie Lévesque (Physical Activity Promotion)

Dr. Jeffrey Masuda (Environmental Health Equity)

Dr. Jennifer Tomasone

Research Focus

We investigate a range of public health topics, including physical activity, food security, sociology of food, substance use, and sexual risk behaviours.

Note 1: National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health (2003). Learning from SARS: Renewal of Public Health in Canada. Ottawa: Health Canada


For further information contact
Graduate Coordinator

School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
SKHS Building
28 Division Street, KHS 206
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6

Tel:  613-533-6000 x2666
Fax: 613-533-2009