External Advisory Bodies

Skills Enhancement for Public Health Advisory Group

The Skills Enhancement for Public Health Advisory Group (the Advisory Group) will provide the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) with strategic advice on the direction and priorities of the program.

The Advisory Group will provide advice to PHAC on the following:

  • The broad strategic direction,  priorities, evaluation and sustainability for the Skills Enhancement for Public Health program
  • Key content questions as they emerge during the regular content revisions process to help ensure that content:
    • is accurate and up to date
    • is relevant to the goals of the program and each course and to current issues in Public Health in Canada
    • presents different perspectives
    • supports public health core competency requirements (using the Skills Enhancement Framework)
  • Content areas to develop new courses
  • Wider applications of Skills Online courses and issues around course adaptation
  • Issues around and options for course delivery
  • Potential emerging issues, barriers, and provide recommendations for solutions
  • Potential opportunities for communication and linkages with key stakeholders
  • Potential partnerships with other initiatives involved in activities that could complement the Skills Enhancement for Public Health program

The Advisory Group's role is to provide advice and make recommendations to PHAC.  The Advisory Group will have no decision-making authority, policy making responsibilities or investigatory responsibilities.  The Advisory Group will:

  • Identify and provide recommendations on content issues raised by the secretariat in an on-going and timely manner
  • Provide advice on the overall program direction and content for future courses
  • Comment and advise on issues raised by program staff as required

For more detailed information about the Skills Enhancement for Public Health Advisory Board, please refer to the following information or Contact the Secretariat.


The Advisory Group will have 8 to 10 members, including co-chairs. PHAC, in consultation with the co-chairs, may adjust the number of members from time to time to ensure the appropriate range of knowledge, expertise, experience, and perspectives.  The co-chairs and external advisory body members are appointed for a minimum of 1 year by the Program Manager of Skills Enhancement for Public Health, based on recommendations from the secretariat.   Membership will be reviewed on a regular basis by PHAC to ensure a range of expertise, experience, and perspectives, continuity of membership on the external advisory body, and a systematic rotation of membership.

Membership will have knowledge, expertise, and experience in the area of public health and eLearning. Members will have differing professional and educational back grounds and be familiar with different levels of the Skills Online courses and Skills Enhancement for Public Health program.  Membership should include, but is not limited to, people from the following backgrounds/ sectors:

  • Skills Online Facilitator representative
  • Core competency expert
  • Medical officer of Health
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Academic Public Health representative
  • Epidemiologist
  • Public Health Inspector
  • E-learning expert
  • Representative from French side of Skills Online program (INSPQ)
  • Learner
  • Representative of PHAC learners

Members may represent more than one discipline or area of expertise.  In addition to their identified fields of expertise, members would be selected from across Canada, including the North, and would have different levels of exposure and familiarity with the Skills Enhancement for Public Health program and Skills Online courses.

For more detailed information about the members of the Skills Enhancement for Public Health Advisory Board, please Contact the Secretariat.

Meeting Information and Reports

It is envisioned that this will be a virtual advisory group.  The bulk of the work and discussions will be conducted through electronic discussion tools, bulletin boards, teleconference calls and e-mail.  Face to face meetings will be held once per year in a suitable location based on the geographic distributions of members. Teleconference calls will be held approximately every quarter.  Additional meetings may be held on an as-needed basis at the discretion PHAC, in consultation with the co-chairs.

Members serve as volunteers and are not remunerated for their services.  Members will be reimbursed for expenses incurred on approved travel to attend Advisory Group meetings, such as transportation and accommodation, in accordance with Government of Canada policies, including the Treasury Board's Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures.

PHAC and the co-chairs will review the mandate, activities, terms of reference, and relevance of Advisory Group annually to ensure that it continues to meet ongoing needs. Recommendations for improvement will be considered on an ongoing basis.

All decisions are recorded in a formal record of decision.

Contact Information

Secretariat support is provided by Skills Enhancement for Public Health.

For any further questions or inquiries please contact the Advisory Body Secretariat:
External Advisory Body Secretariat Information

External Advisory Body Secretariat Information

If you would like a copy of the Terms of Reference or any other information about this External Advisory Body please contact the Secretariat.


Skills Enhancement for Public Health
Public Health Agency of Canada
120 Colonnade Road
AL 6701B
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0K9

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