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Edmonton World Health Organization Conference, 17-20 FEB 2017


A World Health Organization Simulation.


edmontonWHO is a global health conference created in 2014 at the University of Alberta trying to raise student awareness about global health issues, provide a means for students to play a proactive role in global health policy, familiarize students with the WHO and its role in public and global health, and develop interprofessional relations between future healthcare professionals as well as amongst students whose fields of expertise play a role in health policy. Finally, it is to raise awareness and understanding of the social determinants of health.


Theme 2017: Substance Use

Substance use has been prevalent for thousands of years as people continue to use various substances, such as licit and illicit drugs, alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine, to change their mood, thinking and even behaviour. There is always some risk to using a substance, therefore, the topic of substance use touches on many facets of public policy, including public health and health care, criminal justice, economics, geopolitics and many other social issues. Because of its extending and compounding effects, there is a large body of research associated with substance use, including drug policy research that addresses a range of concerns, from treatment and intervention effectiveness, harm reduction, drug markets – supply and demand, behavioural and social sciences of predictors and consequence of substance use, to implementation and evaluation of various prevention programs.





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graphic educator

Christina Camille


graphic educator

Christina Camille


graphic educator

Christina Camille


graphic educator

Christina Camille



Day 1 agenda

Friday, Feb 17, 2017


To be announced soon.

8:00AM - 9:00AM

day 2 agenda

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017


To be announced soon.

8:00AM - 9:00AM

day 3 agenda

Sunday, Feb 18, 2017


To be announced soon.

8:00AM - 9:00AM

A new approach to public and global health.


frequently asked questions


What is the conference about?

edmontonWHO is a conference that aims to simulate the World Health Organization in an attempt to greater understanding of students and professionals in global and public health policy and politics. We believe that there is insufficient focus on the social determinants of health including global health and politics in the standard medical education system. Our goal is to expose students from all health care professions to the world of global health policy.

What is the theme?

The theme for the 2017 conference will be Substance Abuse. The theme is a topic that is set by the executive committee annually. The theme is purposely set broadly to give delegates the opportunity to focus on specific aspects of the healthcare implications of the theme topic.

Is edmontonWHO only for UAlberta students?

EdmontonWHO is a project under the Canadian federal non-profit Edmonton Simulation Conferences. Although EdmontonWHO itself is a student group at the University of Alberta, we welcome students and professionals from across Canada to participate in the 3-day conference and have had many participants from outside of Edmonton in past conferences.

Why is there a cost to attend?

At edmontonWHO, we try our best to keep ticket costs low to accommodate as many participants as possible. Ticket proceeds go towards catering throughout the 3-day conference as well as other conference supplies and the social events.

I’d like to purchase tickets for 20 members, is there bulk pricing?

Please contact our Chief of Staff (chiefofstaff@edmontonwho.org) for information on bulk ticket purchases or if you’re purchasing on behalf of your class.

Can highschool students attend the conference?

Of course! Although the majority of our participants in past years have been university students, we welcome students from highschool, graduate and professional studies as well.

Which payment methods do you accept?

We prefer payments to be processed online through our website. If you wish to pay by cash, please contact our VP finance through finance@edmontonwho.org.

More Questions?

For other inquiries, please contact info@edmontonwho.org

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