Candace Nykiforuk, PhD, CE
Pronouns: she, her
Professor, School of Public Health
3-291 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NWEdmonton ABT6G 1C9
Director Cntr for Healthy Com, School of Public Health
3-300 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NWEdmonton ABT6G 1C9
Area of Study / Keywords
Community Environment Healthy Public Policy Chronic Disease Prevention Healthy Communities Engaged Scholarship Knowledge Translation Evaluation
I am a professor in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta and a recent Applied Public Health Chair (supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in partnership with Public Health Agency of Canada and Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions; 2014-2019) who works broadly to help advance the fields of population health intervention and health equity. I am a health geographer and health promotion researcher with strong interests in the role of community (built and social) environments and public policies in health and wellbeing.
My research is grounded in social-ecological frameworks, critical social science, and community-based participatory research perspectives. Most of my studies employ mixed-methods, involving both quantitative (e.g., surveys, systematic community observation) and qualitative (e.g., interviews, focus groups, photovoice) techniques. I also use geographic information systems (GIS) for mapping and spatial analysis in some of my work.
I am an applied researcher, which means that community impact (or “making a real difference in the community”) is as important to me as scholarly impact. My research is typically conducted in partnership with practitioners and decision-makers in the communities (or other settings) that are working with me. The community partners I collaborate with help to define project research questions and implement the project in meaningful ways. In turn, the research helps to address issues that the community partners are working with in their daily practice.
I am the Principal Investigator of the Policy, Location and Access in Community Environments (PLACE) Research Lab. For more information on the research that myself and my team, please visit www.placeresearchlab.com. I also serve as the Founding and Scientific Director for the Centre for Healthy Communities, School of Public Health.
Education & Professional Designations
Credentialed Evaluator (CE), Canadian Evaluation Society (2012 - current)
PhD, Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo (2004)
MA, Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo (1999)
BA, Human Geography, University of Alberta (1997)
Academic Distinctions and Awards (selected)
2018 - 2019 Killam Annual Professorship Award, University of Alberta
2014-2019 Applied Public Health Chair, Canadian Institutes of Health Research in partnership with Public Health Agency of Canada and Alberta Innovates: Health Solutions
2016 - 2023 Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada
2016 Supervisor of the Year (1 of 2), School of Public Health Students Association, University of Alberta
2015 Martha Cook Piper Research Prize, University of Alberta
2015 Community Connection Scholar Award, University of Alberta
2009 Faculty & Staff Award of Excellence, Presented on behalf of the Health Promotion Graduate Students’ Association for 2008-2009, University of Alberta
2009 CAFA Distinguished Academic Early Career Award, Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations
Students will be expected to apply knowledge of selected social determinants of health to multi-level interventions to improve health of individuals, communities, and populations. The course takes an ecological approach to the analysis of health needs and the design of public health actions. Students will apply key social science theories to the analysis of social determinants of health. May contain alternate delivery sections; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.