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Waterloo's School of Public Health and Health Systems is training a new generation of leaders, researchers, and change agents, adept at thinking and responding to the complex adaptive systems that affect health and health care.

Together, we are seeking innovative solutions to some of the major health challenges of our time.

Meet our experts in:

  • Chronic disease prevention and management - helping to analyse and improve national and international health policies and regulations of chronic disease through understanding and altering social, economic, political, and cultural determinants
  • Food and water safety, security, and governance - examining the global health impact of food and water safety and security through epidemiology of food and water borne disease, nutrition management, and medical geography
  • Global health - examining how globalizing processes impact economic development, health, healthcare and education
  • Health and aging - taking an integrative approach to the biological, psychological, social, and environmental determinants of health and wellness focused on the life-course trajectory of aging in individuals
  • Health and environment - investigating the impacts of the built environment, environmental degradation, urbanization, globalisation on population health
  • Health informatics - developing and utilizing health sciences and information technologies to support and improve the status of individual and community health
  • Health neuroscience and cognitive epidemiology - examining reciprocal relationships between lifestyle, lifespan development, and sociodemographic factors and brain health on the level of whole populations
  • Health policy and health systems - investigating and evaluating health care systems and improving their integration and efficiency through the design of diagnostics, treatment, and analytic and assessment tools
  • Healthy workplaces - examining occupational health and safety risks and designing interventions to improve health and wellness in the workplace and develop more effective safety management systems
  1. Nov. 6, 2018ADHD youth no more at risk for traffic violations than non-ADHD youthTraffic lights

    A recent University of Waterloo study showed that youth with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are no more at risk of incurring traffic violations than their non-ADHD counterparts, contrary to previously published studies.

  2. Oct. 31, 2018Truck driver pain and discomfort can be alleviatedTrucker holding the steering wheel

    A​lmost 60 per cent of truck drivers in a recent Canadian study reported experiencing musculoskeletal (MSD) pain and discomfort on the job, even though it may be preventable.

  3. Oct. 31, 2018Everything you wanted to know about cannabis legalization in CanadaCannabis legalization in Canada image

    Public Health Professor David Hammond and doctoral student Elle Wadsworth have developed a video mini-series chronicling the ins and outs of cannabis legalization in Canada. Recreational marijuana was legalized on October 17, and Canada is only the second country in the world to do so (after Uruguay).

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