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MPH winners (from left to right) Rachel Bethune, Edris Haghir, Shaileja Rajagopal. Not pictured is MPH online winner Desneige Meyer.

Poster Day Showcases SPH Research

The School of Public Health (SPH) annual Poster Day showed the strength and breadth of students' practicum work and research projects.

Colourful and informative posters lined the landings of the Health Science Building’s D Wing atrium as 63 SPH students gathered on October 28 to showcase their work at the annual SPH Poster Day.

Students from all five SPH programs treated colleagues, faculty, visitors and judges to an impressive display of posters, culminating a year of hard work.

30 Master of Public Health (MPH) students presented their findings, fresh from a 12-week summer practicum placement with health agencies in Saskatoon and beyond. Students worked with practicum field supervisors to explore a broad range of public health issues, including cost-effectiveness of lung cancer screening in Saskatchewan, adult bullying in senior care residences, risk factor assessment for back disorders in local cattle farmers, and an agri-health cooperative program proposal for the nomadic Olbalbal Maasai tribe in Tanzania, Africa.

They were joined by students in the Collaborative Biostatistics, PhD in Epidemiology, and Vaccinology and Immunotherapeutics thesis-based programs, presenting their research posters.

Breaking new ground, students from the MPH thesis program took part in Poster Day for the first time. Three students who entered the new program earlier this year presented research posters in their chosen area of public health, following a 16-week practicum placement. The MPH thesis program allows students to perform in-depth research and write and defend a thesis, in combination with classes from the professional course-based program.  

The impressive range of projects presented by the 33 thesis-based students showed the wealth of research taking place in the SPH.

Some of the many projects included exploring obesity trends in Canada, insights into how the human body fights the influenza virus, investigating the development of antimicrobial resistance in broilers on Saskatchewan poultry farms, and studying postpartum depression in Syrian refugee women who recently immigrated to Canada.

Due to the high quality of the students’ work, judges had a difficult time selecting the top posters. The winning posters for the MPH program combined quality design with an effective oral presentation, and superior design, organization of information and level of scientific merit decided the winners for the thesis-based programs.

Congratulations to all our Poster Day winners!

Master of Public Health: 1st - Rachel Bethune | 2nd - Shaileja Rajagopal | 3rd - Edris Haghir

Master of Public Health online: 1st – Desneige Meyer

Master of Public Health thesis: 1st - Patrick Seitzinger

Collaborative Biostatistics: Joint 1st - April Liu and Masud Rana

Epidemiology: 1st - Dana Ramsay | 2nd - Razi Mahmood | 3rd - Khrisha Alphonsus

Vaccinology & Immunotherapeutics (science stream): 1st – Liu Guanqun | 2nd – Mingjie Hao | 3rd – Alyssa Chaffey 

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