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Supporting leadership capacity building within Ontario.

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Enhancing leadership competencies, facilitating thoughtful discussion and examination of leadership issues for public health professionals.

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Community Food Advisor

Promoting safe and nutritious food selection, preparation and storage practices.

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Community Food Advisors work in their community to improve and promote safe and healthy food selection, preparation, and storage practices.

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Your questions about public health answered...all in one place.

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Learn about why public health plays a vital role in ensuring the health of communities across Ontario!

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Ontario Public Health Association

Committed to improving the health of Ontarians.

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Since 1949, OPHA has served as a catalyst for development in the Public Health sector.

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Nutrition Resource Centre

Credible public health nutrition at your fingertips.

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Strengthening the capacity of health professionals across all care settings and in all communities across Ontario.

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The OPHA is a not‐for‐profit member‐based association that provides leadership in advancing public health in Ontario. Our Association represents six public and community health disciplines and our membership represents many public health and community health professionals from Ontario. To learn more about us, our structure, strategic direction, or membership, please visit the following links:

The OPHA provides leadership on issues affecting the public's health and works to strengthen the impact of people who are active in public and community health throughout Ontario. For more information, please visit the following pages:

The OPHA creates and maintains advocacy initiatives with a province-wide perspective. For more information, please visit the following pages:

This section includes the latest news about the OPHA and its programs, upcoming OPHA events, and other news of interest to the public health sector. For more information, please visit the following pages:

The OPHA leads the development of expertise in public and community health through collaboration, consultation and partnerships. Learn more about our Constituent Societies here.

The OPHA leads the development of expertise in public and community health through collaboration, consultation and partnerships. Learn more about our Constituent Societies here.

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Public Health and Planning 101

Public Health and Planning 101

An Introductory Online Course for Public Health and Planning Professionals to Create Healthier Built Environments


About the Course

There is a growing body of evidence that supports the relationship between land use planning decisions, community design and the determinants of health. Public health and planning professionals are working more closely on shaping the built environment to enhance public health through many land use planning initiatives. However, a lack of knowledge and understanding exists between the professions regarding each other’s overall mandate, legislation, and decision-making processes. It is important that we further build capacity among public health and planning professionals. This course helps to bridge the gaps between both professions and provides greater opportunities for partnership and the creation of healthy built environments.  

This introductory course was developed in collaboration with Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Additional supporters by funding from Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Ontario and York Region Public Health.

Course Syllabus

The online education module has both shared and tailored sections for public health and planners. It is comprised of four sub-modules:

  • Introduction to Health and the Built Environment;
  • Policy, Legislation and Standards;
  • Roles and Responsibilities; and
  • Public Health and Planning Professionals Working Together.

Recommended Background

This course is appropriate for anyone who works in or is enrolled as a student in the public health or planning fields in Ontario. 

Course Format

This online course format consists of short videos, exercises, interactive activities and supporting resources, self-examinations (multiple choice quizzes), and reading. No purchase is necessary. 


  • When does the course begin?
    • After signing up you will be able to access the course on the first Monday of the coming month (e.g. signed up on November 14th, course will begin on the first Monday of December).
  • What is the learning platform, ACTO?
    • ACTO is an online learning platform where it hosts our educational content. Learn more about ACTO here.
  • Will I receive a Certificate of Accomplishment?
    • If you have completed the modules, you can request for a mailed certificate by contacting info@opha.on.ca. A small fee of $20 CAD will be charged.
  • Where can I learn how the course was developed?
    • Please click here to learn more about the project background.
  • I have some additional questions. Who can I contact?
    • Please email info@opha.on.ca. 





Course at a Glance

• Approximately 3.5 hours to complete course modules (learn at your pace)