2020 International Conference



New Perspectives on Healthy Public Policy

The 2020 APPAM International Conference in Toronto, Canada will be held Friday July 23 - Saturday July 24 2020, hosted by Toronto University and American University at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. 

Healthy public policy, or the consideration of population health and health equity in all areas of policy, is vital to the achievement of sustainable and healthy communities. Policies affecting food systems, housing, education, immigration, transportation, employment and social assistance impact the social determinants of health and can have intended and unintended impacts on health and equity. This conference will showcase research examining how programs and policies affect health-related behaviors and outcomes, as well as inquiry into the development and analysis of healthy public policy. Policies and programs studied may have the objective of directly improving health or may affect health indirectly.



The submissions for the 2020 International Conference will be open soon. 

Policy Areas

For a full list of policy areas, click here.


The conference will be held at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street), University of Toronto.
The DLSPH is located in downtown Toronto at the University of Toronto’s St. George campus. The downtown campus blends historical architecture and inviting green spaces as a backdrop to a truly remarkable community. Just beyond the campus are the many events, neighbourhoods and industries that Toronto has to offer as the world’s most diverse city and Canada’s centre of business and excellence.
Toronto is the fourth-largest city in North America and is easily accessible by air, train and road transportation modalities. Toronto has two airports, the Pearson International Airport and the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. For international attendees, they may be required to have an electronic travel authorization (eTA) and/or a visa. For more information on the visa requirement, please visit the Government of Canada’s Help Centre. Information on the eTA is also available on the Government of Canada’s website. The city of Toronto has a public transit system – TTC – with subways, streetcars and buses. Individuals can also get around the city via bike, walking, taxi, or Uber. AccessTO is resource that allows individuals to verify accessible spaces in the city. For getting around the University of Toronto campus, the institution offers an interactive map.
Attendees can enjoy various events and festivals held during the summer, including Summerlicious and Beaches International Jazz Festival. Toronto has two official languages – English and French. In addition to these, the top five languages spoken in Toronto are Chinese, Italian, Tamal, Portuguese, and Spanish. The conference will only be held in English.

2019 Conference

The 2019 International Conference was held in July 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, and you can learn more about it here.

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