Healthy Populations Journal

The Healthy Populations Journal (HPJ) is a multi-faculty, student-led, open-access, peer-reviewed journal housed at the Healthy Populations Institute (HPI) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Our mission is to identify and disseminate research which mobilizes evidence to improve population health and global health equity.

Population health is thinking beyond the health of an individual and looking at the health outcomes of a whole community. It considers all the factors that influence the overall health of a specific population including the social and structural conditions in which people are born, work, live and age.

Differences in the social determinants of health result in health inequities – the unnecessary or unjust conditions that result in differences in people’s health status or health outcomes.  We can achieve our population health goals by focusing on reducing health inequities, drawing attention to the variety of factors that are known to have impact on individual and community health. The HPJ champions building health equity by disseminating research which addresses the fundamental causes and structural barriers of unhealthy lives and communities around the world. It is imperative that we research the wider determinants of health and create solutions that allow all members of a population to be well.


Our current call for submissions is themed on health equity. This special issue is in collaboration with the CAHSPR Student Working GroupTwitter: @CAHSPRSWG

Submissions deadline: January 31, 2023

Please see the commentary in our current Fall 2022 issue by Leclair et al.

Call for submissions

Vol 2, No 2 (2022)

A bowl of orange-coloured soup with fresh thyme. There is a slice of baguette on the side with a blue and white striped cloth napkin.
Cover photo by the Breakfast and Beyond Program. Read more about Rachel Waugh's trainee experience inside.