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March 5 2020

Reflective Webinars: Fundamentals of Statistics (part 1) and Introduction to AI and Machine Learning

New this week -- two reflective webinars touching on data-related topics in public health:

Fundamentals of Statistics (part 1)
Fundamental to the science of statistics is the ability to recognize a true effect, if it exists. Valid studies require results based on data that are unbiased and reliable. We demonstrate the role statistics plays to minimize these errors, and in so doing, enhance the credibility of a study’s findings.

Introduction to AI and Machine Learning
This introductory lecture is a primer to get you familiar with the fundamental concepts of AI as they relate to health data.

  • Framing of analytic approaches applied to Big Data
  • Key aspects of AI / ML - what are the distinguishing features?
  • Examples and applications


PHESC's reflective webinar series aims to move public health professionals toward a more reflective/reflexive practice. This offering includes questions to consider before watching the video, the ~60 minute video itself, as well as questions to reflect on after viewing the content. A certificate of completion will be generated upon submitting your post-webinar reflection. Finally, we'll reach out in three months to see how these reflections have impacted your practice. The purpose of these exercises is to help you pause, reflect and engage with the content. See our full listings for other topics in the series.

Looking for something more in-depth on statistics?

See PHESC's online course Basic Statistics for Public Health:

The intent of this course is to provide you with the language and basic concepts of statistics to enable you to know when and how to communicate with a statistician in a way that is beneficial to both of you.

Voir notre cours en ligne Introduction à la biostatistique :

Le matériel didactique vise principalement à fournir un langage et une compréhension communs des concepts statistiques, en évitant les formules mathématiques détaillées. L’objectif est de vous familiariser avec le langage et les concepts de base de la statistique afin que vous puissiez savoir quand et comment communiquer avec un statisticien d’une façon constructive à la fois pour lui et vous.

Beyond PHESC: Other Resources and Professional Development Opportunities

New Podcast: Race, Health, and Happiness

Dr. Onye Nnorom's new podcast, Race, Health and Happiness, is "...not a podcast where we start explaining racism and if there is any in Canada. The assumption is that the listener understands that. This podcast is like course 201. Now, we think about staying well, thriving and finding joy. Center stage is the Black, Indigenous People of Color experience. It’s an opportunity to understand how groups have thrived and survived systemic racism. At its core, it’s how we overcome and enjoy despite life challenges."

Nnorom is a physician and Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.

More information
Listen online or subscribe to the podcast

(The first season of PHESC's own podcast, Tenfold, remains available as well, via our site or your favourite podcatcher!)
Institut d'été : L’Intelligence Artificielle pour la santé publique (IAPSP), un accent sur l’équité et la prévention

Un institut d'été financé par l’IRSC et développé par une équipe pancanadienne de chercheurs et de partenaires.

L’institut inaugural sera organisé conjointement par l’École de santé des populations et de santé mondiale de McGill et par MILA à Montréal, Qc, du 20 au 24 juillet 2020.

Pour appliquer
Veuillez remplir le FORMULAIRE D'APPLICATION disponible sur le site ( et le faire parvenir à l'adresse suivante

Date limite
11 mars 2020 à 16h HAE

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