The Health Policy PhD Program at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada is pleased to announce our annual graduate student conference, New Frontiers in Health Policy. This year, New Frontiers is going virtual! A weekly series of short sessions will be held online between November 1 and 30, 2021.

About the Conference

On behalf of the McMaster Health Policy PhD program, we are pleased to announce our annual graduate student conference: New Frontiers in Health Policy. This year, New Frontiers is going virtual! During the month of November, a weekly series of short sessions will be held online every Tuesday from 11 am to 12:30pm EST. 


Our conference theme this year is “Building a Better Normal: Innovation for Equitable Post-Pandemic Health Policy”. Between the lessons learned from a global pandemic and discussions around social equity, we need to start looking toward the future. Exploring innovative equitable solutions to health system challenges provides avenues for change.

The New Frontiers in Health Policy 2021 Conference will feature a virtual panel on the theme of “Rebuilding the plane while we fly: Innovation within existing policy structures.” Stay tuned for more details on the panel date, time, and panelists!


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We hope to see you in November!

Conference Information

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Conference Agenda

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Call for Abstracts


The New Frontiers in Health Policy Conference 2021 offers graduate students immersed in the interdisciplinary field of health policy and related areas of study the opportunity to present and discuss their work, receive feedback, and network with faculty and other students. We welcome abstract submissions from all disciplines including political science, economics, sociology, health research methodology, public health, health professions, and health management. Abstracts may be for completed projects, or for works still in-progress.


This year’s conference will have weekly dedicated sessions to areas in health policy and research: health economics, health systems and society, and political sciences.

Oral presentations:

We welcome submissions of original health policy scholarship, including works-in-progress. Oral presentations will take place in an online format and will be 15 minutes each. Presentations will be grouped by thematic or methodological similarity, and will be followed by a faculty discussant and audience questions.

Poster submissions:

We also welcome submissions for asynchronous video poster presentations to be hosted on our conference webpage. Share your work in a 3 minute video! 


Structured abstracts for submissions should be a maximum of 300 words and should include the following sections: title, background, methods, results (which may be expected and/or preliminary), and policy implications.

The deadline for abstract submission has now passed. 



Click HERE to register for the conference.

Committee Members


Tamika Jarvis



Tatiana Villacres



Alex Cernat

VP External


Le-Tien Duong

VP Communications


Cara Evans

VP Internal


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Images from NFHP 2019

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