Dates for the 2012 Summer Institute have been confirmed: the Institute will take place Friday, May 25 – Sunday, May 27. Stay tuned for more details! 

Please send all boarding passes to the following address:

Jocelyne Bernier
1420, boul. du Mont-Royal (local 3108-2), Montréal, Québec, H2V 4P3
Phone: 514.343.6111 poste 4959



JUNE, 2011

Montréal, Québec

We are pleased to announce a call for trainee nominations by PHIRNET Mentors to attend the 2011 PHIRNET Summer Institute in Montréal, Québec. As a PHIRNET Mentor, you are invited to nominate one trainee to attend both the PHIRNET Summer Institute (June 18 to 19 and the afternoon of 20) and the Canadian Public Health Association Conference (June 19 to 22).

Learning Objectives: By the end of the PHIRNET 2011 Summer Institute, participants will be able to:

  • Describe theoretical perspectives employed within PHIR;
  • Differentiate and discuss research designs and tools used in PHIR;
  • Identify mechanisms for implementing effective KT between policy/program decision-makers and researchers conducting PHIR;
  • Discuss how PHIR perspectives, designs, tools and mechanisms can be applied to/in their own research projects/programs of research.

Preparatory Reading Materials:

  1. Hawe, P. & Potvin, L. (2009) What Is Population Health Intervention Research? Canadian Journal of Public Health, 100, 1, I-8-I13. Available at:
  2. Hawe, P., Samis, S., Di Ruggiero, E. & Shoveller, J. (2011) Population Health Intervention Research Initiative for Canada: progress and prospects. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 22, 1-2, 27-32. Available at:
  3. Examples of Population Health Intervention Research. (2011) Institute of Population and Public Health, CIHR. Available at:
  4. Population Health Intervention Research Profiles (2011). Institute of Population and Public Health, CIHR. Available at:
  5. Perspectives on Funding Support for Population Health Intervention Research: Background and Report on Key Informant Interviews. (2009) Institute of Population and Public Health, CIHR. Available at:

Suggested Reading for Louise Potvin’s Presentation:

  1. Connor, R. F., Attman, D. G., & Jackson, C. (1984). Can We Be Scientific in Applied Social Science? From R. F. Connor, D. G. Attman & C. Jackson (Eds.), Evaluation Studies Review Annual, vol. 9, pp. 26-48. Available at:
  2. Hawe, P., Shiell, A., & Riley, T. (2004). Complex interventions: how “out of control” can a randomised controlled trial be? BMJ, 328, 1561-1563. Available at: 2004.pdf
  3. Holland, P. W. (1986). Statistics and Causal Inference. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 81(396), 945-960. Available at: 86.pdf
  4. Oakes, J. M. (2004). The (mis)estimation of neighborhood effects: causal inference for a practicable social epidemiology. Social Science & Medicine, 58, 1929-1952. Available at: Neighbourhood Effects.pdf

A copy of the Scientific Program is available here. For more info, contact: Rod Knight, PHIRNET UBC Executive Secretariat Coordinator (