All posts by Arlanna Pugh

Arlanna is currently studying epidemiology at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. She aspires to investigate her research interests in aboriginal and international health. Arlanna was the IJHS editor in chief from 2014 to 2015.

Foreward – Volume 5, Issue 1

Health care for all, a human right and priority, is an ideal yet ambitious goal. As an integral part of human life since the beginning of civilization, public health agencies have made significant strides towards ensuring health on both a local and global level. At its core, the field of public health strives to prevent disease and promote health among communities and populations. Largely influenced by surveillance data, which direct the establishment of public health policies, the field of public health research has grown and has tremendous potential. Furthermore, the shift towards more objective and empirical methods of testing, contrary to subjective opinion and experience, has opened up a gateway to new avenues of knowledge. Never before has public health research reignited the desire to ask questions and seek answers. With the advent of technology and globalization, this research can now be interpreted through a multifaceted lens and applied in culturally, socially, and environmentally appropriate ways. From tracking epidemics to developing vaccines, public health research will continue to inspire evidence-based policies and encourage both new and experienced researchers to look towards a brighter, healthier future.

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Call for Submissions

Summer 2015: Public Health (Special Issue)

Throughout the 21st century, the evolving field of public health has strived to promote health and prevent disease among global populations. With a strong focus on health monitoring and public policies and campaigns, the health system challenges of today will soon be the achievements of tomorrow.



Call for Submissions

Winter 2015: The Determinants of Health

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences welcomes articles, essays and reviews that contributes to the development of our knowledge on the various determinants of health – either biological or social. Submission criteria are based on the twelve determinants of health as outlined by Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Ideally, anyone who wishes to submit their original work should clearly identify which determinant of health is associated with their paper and the nature of the relationship – how is the subject related to human health through the chosen determinant of health?

The Public Health Agency of Canada lists the following determinants of health:

  • Income and Social Status
  • Biology and Genetic Endowment
  • Personal Health Practices and Coping Skills
  • Employment/Working Conditions
  • Social Environments
  • Physical Environments
  • Education and Literacy
  • Social Support Networks
  • Health Services
  • Healthy Child Development
  • Gender
  • Culture

The IJHS welcomes the following types of submissions in English or French (the word limit does not include the abstract or references):

  • Original research articles: 3000 word limit
    • Either quantitative or qualitative
    • Includes review articles, case reports, literature reviews and clinical experiments.
  • Article, Book or Media reviews: 750 word limit
  • Essay: 750 word limit

The deadline for submission into our Winter 2015 issue has been extended to Monday, February 2, 2015.

For more information, please visit our basic formatting criteria page.

Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed and selected articles will be published in the regular or special issues of the IJHS. As the IJHS is a bilingual and an open-access endeavour, every abstract will be translated and all articles will be freely accessible to the public.