Program evaluation and dose response: Application and reflection

In practice, evaluation takes place in a wide range of settings that perhaps constrain an evaluator’s choice of evaluation methods. For example, an evaluation may take place during implementation, rather than starting from the beginning. Or, ideas for interventions may emerge from various sources, affecting how much the evaluator can adopt an ideal evaluation design. … More Program evaluation and dose response: Application and reflection

Towards understanding climate change evidence

There is an overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is not only happening but also caused by humans. I think most people agree on this, although more so on the former. Perhaps, people have a basic understanding of how global warming works, and/or have noticed increasing extreme weather events lately such as record highs, or … More Towards understanding climate change evidence

Could loneliness be worse for your health than obesity?

A recent press release by the American Psychological Association says, “Loneliness and social isolation may represent a greater public health hazard than obesity, and their impact has been growing and will continue to grow”. Having just finished reading the book Social by Matthew Lieberman, and learning about our fundamental need to connect with other people, … More Could loneliness be worse for your health than obesity?

Media, infections, and dental visits: something to grind teeth over?

I don’t often read the news but lately I have been following, and with considerable interest, the Guelph Mercury-Tribune. It reads along the lines of “thousands of patients at a Guelph dental clinic were advised to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus, due to concerns that sterilization of dental instruments … More Media, infections, and dental visits: something to grind teeth over?

Public health in everyday life

What is public health? Most of the time I have a hard time explaining this, but here it goes. In medicine, doctors and nurses treat health problems one patient at a time. In public health, we are concerned with preventing health problems, and at the population level. Public health professionals work to identify the root causes of health problems, and implement … More Public health in everyday life