About the 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.

Latest Publications:

Our spring issue is out now! This Special Issue on Improving Black Health Outcomes was created 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).

Scroll down (or click here) to see Volume 4, Issue 1 (April 2024)


Upcoming in 2024: Look for the next issue of HPJ in the fall of 2024. 

We are also planning an upcoming special issue on Interprofessional Health Education and are seeking student guest editors and reviewers along with submissions. Look for a call soon or email HPJ@dal.ca to express interest.


Current Issue

Vol. 4 No. 1 (2024): Special Issue on Improving Black Health Outcomes
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