Government of Canada makes significant investment in the future of applied public health research

News release

March 26, 2024 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Today, the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced the 2024 cohort of Applied Public Health Chairs, the program’s fourth cohort, with an investment of $13.8 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Chairs will lead high-quality research programs to tackle pressing public health challenges, work with decision makers from various sectors and communities, and support evidence-informed decisions that improve health and health equity.

Responding to the importance of public health to Canadians, the Applied Public Health Chairs program was established in 2008 to support creating public health solutions informed by the best available scientific evidence. The 2024 Chairs will continue that critical work on the most critical areas of public health in Canada. With the knowledge they gain through their research, the Chairs and their teams will work with decision makers, both within and outside of the public health sector, to contribute to the development of solutions to some of Canada’s biggest public health challenges.


“Public health leaders cannot tackle the challenges facing our country without the valuable knowledge gained through scientific research. By working with key decision makers, the Chairs will provide critical, applied, evidence-based information that will shape the programs and initiatives that support the health of all people living in Canada.”

The Honourable Mark Holland
Minister of Health

“This is the fourth cohort of APHCs that CIHR and PHAC have supported since 2008, led by the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health. The 2024 Chairs cover a remarkable diversity of topics and approaches to study many of today’s most pressing population and public health problems in Canada. By working with decision-makers throughout their research program, mentoring the next generation of researchers, and contributing to evidence-informed decision-making and the uptake of evidence in public health and other sectors, the work these Chairs do will benefit Canada for years to come.”

Dr. Katherine Frohlich
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health

“The important public health challenges we face, from the impacts of climate change to more frequent pandemics, require innovative solutions informed by the best available evidence using collaborative and integrated approaches. By investing in applied research, we are helping to generate evidence that is most useful to public health decision-making, in order to improve outcomes for all people living in Canada.”

Dr. Sarah Viehbeck
Chief Science Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada

Quick facts

  • The Applied Public Health Chair program was launched in 2008 to strengthen the skills and capacity of public health researchers, and since its inception has supported more than 45 leading public health researchers.

  • With this investment, the Government of Canada, through CIHR and PHAC, is providing $13.8 million to support 12 research projects over six years.

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Christopher Aoun
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Office of the Honourable Mark Holland
Minister of Health

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