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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

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.