Signature Areas of Research: Health and Wellness

Combining the arts, social sciences, biomedical sciences and medicine to make humans healthier


Research that combines aspects of the arts, population health, public health, biomedical, clinical, Indigenous, social and political science has the potential to increase the effectiveness of health care, health promotion and disease prevention in society.


Signature Area Lead:
Prof. Jennifer Lang (PhD)

Signature Area Lead:
Prof. John Gordon (PhD)

About the Signature Area

To tackle health challenges locally and globally, we need to collaborate across different fields. The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Health and Wellness Signature Area of Research is advancing existing relationships and emerging partnerships to foster impactful health research and outcomes. By undertaking directed social, fine arts, biomedical and medical research, implementing health-promoting initiatives and engaging our communities in these initiatives, the Health and Wellness Signature Area of Research utilizes a collaborative approach to remove barriers, increase access and impact meaningful change.

The Health and Wellness Signature Area of Research is comprised of multiple pillars and perspectives, each with unique vantage points to address human health challenges. At the nexus of health science, clinical medicine, social science, population demography and the arts, USask researchers are asking key questions, and embracing interdisciplinary answers to support all aspects of the health of individuals, communities and countries around the world.

Notable Areas of Research

  • Supporting the health and wellness of Indigenous communities.
  • Exploring the intersection of music, art and wellbeing.
  • Promoting child and youth wellness in schools.
  • Assessing and monitoring data and trends at the population level to inform interventions and policy.
  • Understanding how environmental factors such as climate change are impacting human health around the world.
  • Understanding how early life events and exposures can impact our health many years later.

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