Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 99, Issue 2, pp 130–132 | Cite as

Social Justice and Core Competencies for Public Health

Improving the Fit
  • Nancy C. EdwardsEmail author
  • Colleen MacLean Davison


Social justice is a core value of public health. However, the public health core competencies for Canada document (release 1.0) does not contain any explicit reference to the essential attributes of social justice within the competencies themselves. We argue that social justice attributes should be integrated into the core competencies and propose examples for consideration.

Key words

Social justice public health human rights 


La justice sociale est une valeur fondamentale en santé publique. Cependant, le document sur les compétences de base pour la santé publique au Canada (version 1.0) ne fait pas explicitement mention des attributs essentiels de la justice sociale dans les compétences mêmes. Nous tentons de démontrer, avec exemples à l’appui, que les attributs de la justice sociale devraient être intégrés dans les compétences de base.

Mots clés

justice sociale santé publique droits humains 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Nursing and Department of Epidemiology and Community MedicineUniversity of Ottawa, Community Health Research UnitOttawaCanada
  2. 2.CIHR-GHRI Post Doctoral Fellow and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholar, Institute of Population HealthUniversity of OttawaCanada

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