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AFMC Primer on Population Health - A virtual textbook on Public Health concepts for clinicians.

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The integration of Public Health concepts in clinical practice is essential to providing high quality healthcare. This Primer is tailored for medical students, students of other healthcare professions and all health professionals interested in improving their knowledge. Covering the population health objectives of the Medical Council of Canada, the Primer presents the population perspective of health that is relevant to clinical practice and illustrates how public health concepts can be used in clinical situations.


Denise Donovan, Université de Sherbrooke: Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick
Ian McDowell, University of Ottawa
with Duncan Hunter during 2008 and 2009, Queen’s University

Authors & PHEN Members
Contributing authors and members of the AFMC Public Health Educators’ Network (PHEN) are listed by their faculty of medicine from west to eastern Canada.

AFMC would especially like to acknowledge and thank Denise Donovan and Ian McDowell for their ongoing commitment to the development and continuous improvement of the Population Health Primer.

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Last Update: 2017-05-10
‡ indicates a contributing author.
◊ indicates a PHEN member. Their years of involvement are indicated in parentheses.
University of British Columbia ‡ ◊ Rick Mathias (2007-2010)
◊ Jane Buxton (since 2010)
University of Alberta ‡ ◊ Jim Talbot (2007-2010)
◊ Chris Sikora (since 2010)
University of Calgary ‡ ◊ Laura McLeod (since 2007)
◊ Ghazwan Altabbaa (2009-2010)
‡ Jim Dickinson
University of Saskatchewan ◊ Bruce Reeder (since 2007)
◊ Stephen Whitehead (since 2009)
‡ Allen Backman
University of Manitoba ◊ Joel Kettner (since 2007)
◊ Gladys Stewart (since 2007)
◊ Sharon Macdonald (since 2009)
‡ William Libich
Northern Ontario School of Medicine ‡ ◊ Vera Etches (2007-2008)
◊ Dar Malaviarachchi (since 2008)
University of Western Ontario ‡ ◊ Mark Speechley (since 2007)
McMaster University ‡ ◊ Julie Emili (since 2007)
Queen’s University ‡ ◊ Duncan Hunter (2007-2010)
◊Beatriz Alvarado (since 2010)
University of Ottawa ‡ ◊ Ian McDowell (since 2007)
University of Toronto ‡ ◊ Ian Johnson (PHEN Chair 2007-2011)
◊ Fran Scott (since 2011)
‡ Ross Upshur
McGill University ◊ Gilles Paradis (since 2007)
‡Joe Cox
Université de Montréal ◊ Brigitte Maheux (since 2007)
Université de Sherbrooke ‡ ◊ Denise Donovan (since 2007. Current PHEN Chair)
Université Laval ◊ Jean-Paul Fortin (2007-2008)
‡ ◊ Yv Bonnier-Viger (since 2008)
Dalhousie University ◊ Bruce Holmes (since 2007)
Memorial University, Newfoundland ‡ ◊ Catherine Donovan (since 2007)
‡ Christine Kennedy

Project Management

Barbie Shore, Project Manager – AFMC, Former Project Manager
Brenda Du Plessis - AFMC, Web Developer, Canadian Healthcare Education Commons
Sue Maskill, Former Vice President Education & Special Projects
Jean Parboosingh, Consultant


The production of the Primer was funded through a contribution agreement generously provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Office of Public Health Practice, Professional Development Division.

Support in kind from the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau Brunswick with the Université de Sherbrooke, the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University is gratefully acknowledged.


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