Paul Veugelers, PDF, PhD, MSc

Professor, School of Public Health


Professor, School of Public Health
(780) 492-9095
3-50 (7) University Terrace
8303 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2T4



I received training in human nutrition (MSc from the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands), epidemiology (PhD from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and biostatistical modeling (postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia).

In 1998, I immigrated to Canada to join the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University, Halifax. In July of 2004, I took a position at the University of Alberta where I am currently a professor in the School of Public Health.

I received a Canada Institutes for Health Research New Investigator Award and currently hold a Canada Research Chair in Population Health, an Alberta Research Chair in Nutrition and Disease Prevention, and an Alberta Innovates Health Scholar Award in support of my academic research program. This program studies the importance of nutrition, healthy lifestyle, socio-economic factors, intervention programs and policies in relation to overweight and chronic diseases with the overarching objective to advise on and direct new health policies and population intervention programs to prevent chronic diseases and improve quality of life.

I direct the Population Health Intervention Research Unit in the School of Public Health. Examples of initiatives within this unit include evaluations of the implementation of comprehensive school health programs:

  1. Return on Investment for Kids Health:
  2. Raising healthy Eating and Active Living Kids in Alberta:
  3. Alberta Project Promoting active Living and healthy Eating in Schools:


PDF, University of British Columbia, 2007 
PhD, University of Amsterdam, 1996 
MSc, University of Wageningen, 1988


Canada Research Chair in Population Health, Canada Research Chairs, 2006-2016
Alberta Research Chair in Nutrition and Disease Prevention, 2013-2018
Alberta Innovates Health Scholarship Award, 2007-2014
Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award, 2000-2005


childhood obesity
health policy
population based research
public health
school health



Currently accepting graduate students.


SPH 525 - Public Health Nutrition

Nutrition is a major public health issue. Under-nutrition, malnutrition and over-nutrition all affect the health of individuals and mortality in developing countries, malnutrition to various nutrition related diseases and over-nutrition to obesity and numerous chronic diseases globally. The discipline of Public Health Nutrition focuses on the promotion of good health through nutrition and the primary prevention of nutrition related illness in the population. This course in Public Health Nutrition provides a broad knowledge base on causes and public health consequences of under-, mal- and over-nutrition, and address issues related to nutritional research methods, nutritional assessment methods, nutritional intervention strategies, and nutrition policies.

Fall Term 2020
SPH 603 - Scientific Communication in Public Health

An interdisciplinary seminar designed to explore communication in public health including: written and oral communication of research to scientific and lay audiences, grant proposal and manuscript writing, poster and oral presentations. All PhD students are required to complete this course. Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 603 and SPH 603.

Winter Term 2021

Scholarly Activities

Research - APPLE Schools: Alberta Project Promoting active Living and healthy Eating - Making the healthy choice the easy choice

Principal Investigator 
privately funded

Research - CLASS: Assessing the impact of healthy eating and physical activity policies on school based practices and health and health behaviours of children in Nova Scotia

Principal Investigator 
funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research

Research - Economic evaluation of a school-based program for the prevention of obesity

Principal Investigator 
funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Canadian Population Health Initiative

Research - Health benefits of vitamin D

Principal Investigator 
funded through the Alberta Research Chair in Nutrition and Disease prevention

Research - REAL Kids Alberta: An evaluation of new provincial programs to promote healthy weights among children and youth in Alberta

Principal Investigator
funded by Alberta Health

Research - ROI4Kids: Return on Investment for Kids Health

Principal Investigator                                                                                      funded by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions


Are sleep duration and sleep quality associated with diet quality, physical activity, and body weight status? A population-based study of Canadian children.
Author(s): Khan MK, Chu YL, Kirk SF, Veugelers P
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Can J Public Health
Volume: 106
Page Numbers: 277-282

Optimal vitamin D supplementation doses that minimize the risk for both low and high serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations in the general population.
Author(s): Veugelers P, Pham TM, Ekwaru JP
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Nutrients
Volume: 7
Page Numbers: 10189-101208

The influence of parental encouragement and caring about healthy eating on children's diet quality and body weights
Author(s): Faught E, Vander Ploeg K, Chu YL, Storey K, Veugelers P
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Public Health Nutr.
Volume: 23
Page Numbers: 1-8

Do school-based physical activity interventions increase or reduce inequalities in health?
Author(s): Vander Ploeg KA, Maximova K, McGavock J, Davis W, Veugelers P
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Soc Sci Med
Volume: 112
Page Numbers: 80-87

School-based health promotion and physical activity during and after school hours.
Author(s): Vander Ploeg KA, McGavock J, Maximova K, Veugelers P
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Pediatrics
Volume: 133
Page Numbers: 371-378

Availability and night-time use of electronic entertainment and communication devices are associated with short sleep duration and obesity among Canadian children.
Author(s): H. Chahal, C. Fung, S. Kuhle, P.J. Veugelers.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Pediatric Obesity
Volume: 8
Page Numbers: 42-51

Involvement in home meal preparation is associated with food preference and, self-efficacy among Canadian children.
Author(s): Y.L. Chu, A. Farmer, C. Fung, S. Kuhle, K. Storey, P.J. Veugelers
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Public Health Nutrition.
Volume: 16
Page Numbers: 108-112

The impact of a population-level school food and nutrition policy on dietary intake and body weights of Canadian children.
Author(s): C. Fung, J.D. McIsaac, S, Kuhle, S.F.L. Kirk, P.J. Veugelers.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Preventive Medicine
Volume: 07
Issue: 016