This is Public Health

This is Public Health | Lecture series

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2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic that infected one-third of the world’s population and left approximately 50 million dead in its wake. It is one of the deadliest disease outbreaks in recorded history.

A century later, what have we learned? And could this happen again?

In our most recent This is Public Health™ lecture, researcher Stephanie Yanow dove deeper into what made the 1918 flu pandemic the “greatest pandemic in history” and looked at recent pandemics such as the H1N1 virus to explain the important role public health plays in preparing for and responding to emerging pathogens.

Worldwide killers: Public health responds took place on November 8, 2018. 


Lecture video Q & A Infographic Flu Shot

Past lectures

Sleeping soundly | Why catching Zzz's matters for kids

Sleep is a pillar of child health and wellbeing. And yet, many Canadian children are sleep deprived. Can promoting healthy behaviours at school translate to sleeping soundly at home?

Lecture by Assistant Professor Kate Storey.

Legalizing Cannabis | Clearing the smoke 

Canada is poised to pass the Cannabis Act. But, is it just about providing legal access to the drug? 

Lecture by Assistant Professor Elaine Hyshka.


Old MacDonald had a farm injury 

It is the fourth most hazardous industry in Canada for injury. And when it comes to fatality rates, there is no profession more dangerous. Why, then, aren’t farm workers fairly and equitably protected by legislation in their workplace?

Lecture by Professor Don Voaklander.


10 things to know about addictions 

Addictions affect one in five Albertan adults. They involve alcohol, gambling, prescription drugs and other substances. How should communities respond, and how is our health system handling the problems?

Lecture by Professor Cameron Wild.


The water revolution | Reimagining our water system

Researcher Nicholas Ashbolt is working on ways to keep our water safe by reimagining how we use and reuse water, he is protecting the health and well-being of those living in our communities.


Dying in childbirth | Delivering solutions for mothers around the globe

Every day nearly 800 women die from childbirth around the globe. This is about the same as four full Boeing 767’s crashing per day. Of these women, 99 per cent are from developing nations.

Lecture by Associate Professor Zubia Mumtaz.