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.

Upcoming Publications:

Out now! Volume 3, Issue 1 (March 2023): Special Issue on Indigenous Health in partnership with the Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network

Out now! Volume 3, Issue 2 (May 2023): Special Issue on Health Equity in Partnership with the CAHSPR Student Working Group. Twitter: @CAHSPRSWG

Check out the cover comic art by Jane Zhao!



Call for submissions! Submissions for our Special Issue on Improving Black Health Outcomes in Partnership with HPI's Improving the Health Outcomes of People of African Descent Flagship Project as an outcome of the First International Black Health Conference (IBHC) are open now until October 8th. Submit your abstracts here!


Upcoming Events:

Look out for an Author spotlight webinar to celebrate the publication of the Indigenous Health special issue.

We will  be at the CAHSPR 2023 Conference! Check out our panel session on Wednesday, May 31: Constructive Reflections: Thinking through academic learnings in health equity research. This session will launch the publication of the special issue on health equity co-led by the Healthy Populations Journal hosted by the Healthy Populations Institute, Dalhousie University and CAHSPR’s student working group. It aims to showcase thought-provoking submissions to the special issue, inviting panelists and the audience to reflect on unique solution-oriented strategies that can be implemented to support their research and studies in ways that promote health equity.