CoPEH-Canada Course and Webinar Series

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2021 Hybrid, multi-site course on ecosystem approaches to health

May 2021


Fires, floods. Extinction, equity. Deforestation, disease. Climate change, crisis.

Are you preoccupied by complex issues influencing the health of ecosystems, communities, humans or animals?


beeTransition, regenerative practices, resilience, adaptation, decolonization

Looking for approaches that can help you and your research or practice contribute to regenerative processes healing people, animals, ecosystems and the planet?


Discover innovative and dynamic approaches for better understanding the multiple factors which influence health – ecosystem approaches to health – with an experienced, pan-Canadian team. During this intensive course, you will learn methods for carrying out research and interventions on issues at the confluence of health, the environment and society.

This part online, part face-to-face (this will depend on university directives in the context of the evolving COVID-19 crisis) graduate level course on ecosystem approaches to health will be held at three “sites” in May: Montréal (UQAM), Guelph (University of Guelph), and an online “site.” Seven two-hour sessions (eight in the case of the online group) are conducted as simultaneous webinars across the sites. The rest of the time for the two university groups will be locally run sessions, including field trips (conditions permitting). We offer a rigorous, hands-on pedagogical approach.

This course is available to graduate students from all disciplines and also to professionals interested in these themes. It is possible to register for the full course for credit at one of the participating universities or to follow the eight webinars only, on-line (a certificate of completion is provided).

  • For those interested in following the webinar series or for general information*, please contact us at copehcanada <at>
  • For those interested in the course in Montréal, contact Jena Webb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For those interested in the course at Guelph, contact Jane Parmley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In 2021, the schedule for the webinars will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 13th to June 8th from 1:30 pm (EST), ending at 3:30 (EST). We will update the 2021 schedule shortly, see below for the topics covered by the 2020 webinars.

Webinar Topic Lead
1 Orientation to Hybrid Course/Webinar Series: Introduction & History of Principles of Ecohealth Jena Webb, UQAM
Case study: Health across species  Margot Parkes, UNBC; Jane Parmley, UofGuelph
3 Complexity & Systems Thinking  Jane Parmley, UofGuelph
4 Sex, Gender, & Social Equity  Johanne Saint-Charles, UQAM; Jena Webb, UQAM
5 Knowledge Translation  Audrey Simon, UdM;André Ravel, UdM
6 Resilience & Sustainability Margot Parkes, UNBC;Sandra Harris
7 Transdisciplinarity & Knowledges Jane Parmley, UoGuelph; Chelsea Himsworth, UBC
8 Synthesis with expert panel on pandemics Panel: Mélanie Lafrançois, UQAM; Samira Mubareka, Sunnybrook Research Institute; David Waltner-Toews, UofGuelph 

* Fees apply, please contact us for more details as wel have a sliding payscale 

Course participant Blogs

Each year, the participants of CoPEH-Canada's hybrid course write a blog on a topic of their choice related to ecosystem approaches to health and share with the other participants. Then everyone votes on their top three blogs and the three highest scoring blogs are published here. Along with the votes, participants have to provide a tweet for each blog they voted for, which we then use to publisize the blogs from our @copeh_canada twitter account. You can read past year's blogs here