Public Health - Assistant/Associate Professor (Population Based Health Promotion)

University of Waterloo

Location: Ontario
Date posted: 2013-01-22

Health Promotion

The School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo seeks an exceptional teacher and applied researcher for a full time tenure track position in population based health promotion. The initial appointment will be at a rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. It requires a doctoral degree in health promotion or a related area (public or population health, health policy, community or social development, public health law, social science, etc.).

We seek a colleague who enjoys collaborating with a vibrant, multi-disciplinary team and shares our passion for "systems thinking", problem-based learning, close links to policy makers and program providers, and research geared to finding solutions to significant health promotion issues. Candidates should have the expertise and desire to teach courses such as the social determinants of health, qualitative and mixed research methods, health promotion planning and intervention, community development and advocacy, health communication/social marketing, and/or health policy. Candidates with experience as a health promoter/policy developer would be highly desirable. Those with an interest in global and international health would also add value.

Candidates whose research informs health promotion policy and practice, with particular emphasis on reducing health inequalities, healthy environments, and/or food security and governance would be of particular interest. The position will include a balance of research, undergraduate and graduate teaching, graduate supervision, and service. The successful applicant must have a demonstrated record of outstanding achievement or show exceptional promise as an innovative and effective applied researcher, teacher, and graduate supervisor.

The School of Public Health and Health Systems is Waterloo's newest academic unit. It evolved from a dynamic department of Health Studies and Gerontology and reinforces Waterloo's reputation as Canada's most innovative university. We are in the midst of a six year period of strategic growth, innovation, and transformation that will add several faculty positions to an existing complement of 27 professors. We currently offer a BSc, MSc and PhD in health studies, an on-line MPH, an on line Masters of Health Informatics, and PhDs in aging, health and well-being as well as work and health. We have recently obtained approval to begin a new undergraduate degree in health promotion, and are awaiting approval for a new graduate degree in health program evaluation. Proposals are being prepared for a bachelor and doctoral degree in public health, as well new graduate research fields (e.g., health evaluation, health informatics, healthy aging). Visit for more detail.

Applications will start being reviewed on March 18, 2013 and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been hired. Submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, a summary of future research plans, as well as three letters of reference to: The Director, School of Public Health and Health Systems, Burt Matthews Hall, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, N2L 3G1. Application materials and references may also be sent electronically to All materials should include a reference to competition number SPHHS HP1 2013.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents may be given priority. The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.


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