Population health aims to improve the health of an entire population and reduce health inequities among different groups. Dr. Felix Cheung, Canada Research Chair in Population Well-Being, is examining what determines population well-being, what arises from it, and what policies are necessary to furthering it.
Using global data from more than five million participants spanning decades, he and his research team are investigating how major population events (such as the COVID-19 pandemic) and societal developments (such as technological advances) influence citizens’ well-being. They are also looking into how population well-being predicts key social and political outcomes, such as social unrest and electoral results. In addition, Cheung and his team are exploring how the general public perceives policies designed to help a population lead satisfying, purposeful and engaging lives.