Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 103, Issue 6, pp e468–e471 | Cite as

Frequently Asked Questions About Population Health Intervention Research

  • Penelope HaweEmail author
  • Erica Di Ruggiero
  • Emma Cohen


Population health intervention research requires stronger definition. There are overlaps and differences between it and established domains such as evaluation, health impact assessment, knowledge translation, health services research, and social and public policy analysis. The value added of this growing field is its potential to draw more resources as well as diverse expertise, methods and ways of knowing under one umbrella at a critical time in history. That is, at a time when actions to reduce health inequities have become paramount.


La recherche interventionnelle en santé des populations doit être plus étroitement définie. Il y a des chevauchements et des différences entre ce type de recherche et les domaines bien établis comme l’évaluation, l’évaluation des incidences sur la santé, l’application des connaissances, la recherche sur les services de santé et l’analyse des politiques sociales et publiques. La valeur ajoutée de ce domaine en pleine croissance est qu’il a le potentiel d’attirer davantage de ressources, ainsi que divers savoirs, méthodes et modes d’acquisition des connaissances sous un même toit à un moment critique de l’histoire, alors que les interventions visant à réduire les iniquités en santé deviennent primordiales.

Key words

Population health intervention research evaluation 

Mots clés

santé des populations recherche d’intervention évaluation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Population Health Intervention Research CentreUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Institute of Population and Public HealthCanadian Institutes of Health ResearchTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Institute of Population and Public HealthCanadian Institutes of Health ResearchOttawaCanada

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