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The Healthy Populations Institute (HPI) is a multi-faculty research institute at Dalhousie University that aims to improve population health and health equity in Atlantic Canada and beyond by understanding and influencing the complex conditions that affect the health of communities.


We can achieve our population health goals by focusing on reducing health inequities.

Check out our HPI welcome video to learn more about what we do. 

New and Noteworthy: 

HPI is hiring a Research and Knowledge Mobilization Facilitator
July 2023

Join the HPI team for an exciting 13 month opportunity. We are looking for a Master's graduate with an interest in population health and health equity who can support research and knowledge mobilization activities across our flagship projects.

The full job description can be found here. 

If you are interested in this position, please contact Cecilia Carrea at

2nd Annual Leon and Rose Zitner Prize : Winner Announced!

July 2023

HPI administered the cross faculty award for excellence in citizen knowledge and community engagement in health and is happy to announce that Emily Drake from the Faculty of Health is this year's winner! 







The cross-faculty review committee was inspired by the calibre of applications this year. We received 22 submissions, an increase from 14 submissions in our first year. 


Emily Drake’s work on the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Societal Movement hit all criteria for this award: novelty, impact, and community advocacy. We think that she is a very deserving winner!

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HPJ Special Issue: Improving Black Health Outcomes Launches

April 14, 2023

HPI's Improving the Health Outcomes of People of African Descent Flagship Project and the Healthy Populations Journal are thrilled to announce our partnership on a special issue “Improving Black Health Outcomes” as an outcome of the First International Black Health Conference (IBHC) held in Halifax, Nova Scotia from October 6-8, 2022.














We are accepting submissions for this special issue beginning April 15th, 2023. Submissions will close by October 8th, 2023, the anniversary of the IBHC! Visit here to access the submission portal and for more details regarding submission guidelines.


Land Acknowledgement:

We acknowledge the presence of the Healthy Populations Institute (Dalhousie University) in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw people, which is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship signed with the British Crown in 1725. We continually remind ourselves that the treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but, in fact, recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. We must all take time to reflect on the inequities caused by historic and ongoing violence against, and oppression, of Indigenous peoples, as well as the African Nova Scotia community and others who have been marginalized on this land. 


We are all Treaty People.

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