|Tuesday, April 26, 2011|
|SPPH awarded grant for healthy workplace initiatives|
|The School of Population and Public Health is one of 11 UBC units to receive a healthy workplace grant from the UBC Department of Health, Safety and Environment this spring. SPPH’s $5,000 grant will support yoga classes and a wellness reimbursement program for faculty and staff in the SPPH building.|
The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program Fund is part of UBC’s Focus on People strategy to develop a sustainable, healthy workplace. This is the second healthy workplace grant SPPH has received. A $5,000 grant in spring 2010 supported the purchase of bikes and safety equipment for an ongoing faculty/staff bike share program.
|Thursday, April 21, 2011|
|UBC School of Environmental Health to merge with the School of Population & Public Health|
|The UBC Senate yesterday approved the merger of the School of Environmental Health (SOEH) in the College for Interdisciplinary Studies into the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) in the Faculty of Medicine effective June 1, 2011. The SOEH name will no longer be used. Its academic programs, research and personnel will join and enrich SPPH’s Occupational and Environmental Health Theme.|
“Research and teaching of occupational and environmental health traditionally are located within a school of public health in North American and European universities,” says Dr. Kay Teschke, Acting Director of SOEH. “Since the creation of the School of Population and Public Health in 2008 and now its recent move to the same building as SOEH, there is broad support for these two schools to merge.”
SOEH’s primary objective has been to prepare professionals and researchers with the expertise to evaluate risks from physical, chemical, and biological exposures, and with the skills and sensitivities to effect changes that will protect human health and well-being.
“This merger is the most recent example of the School of Population and Public Health bringing together units at UBC with the common goal of improving health to provide the best possible research and teaching programs,” says Dr. David Patrick, Director of SPPH. “The side by side training of specialists in different aspects of public health will prepare them to work together in interdisciplinary teams throughout their careers.”
Before SOEH became a School in 1999, it began in the early 1990s as the Occupational Hygiene Program, to fulfill the mandate of an endowment from the WorkSafeBC to train professionals in the field of occupational hygiene. It was and remains the only graduate program in western Canada fulfilling this mandate.
“The College for Interdisciplinary Studies is proud to have been the home for SOEH and to have facilitated its transition into SPPH,” says Principal Michael Burgess, Principal of the College. “We are confident that the merger will further enhance UBC’s international reputation for its public health research and learning activities and look forward to further interfaculty collaboration with SPPH on issues related to health and social policy.”
SOEH’s MSc program will remain as a separate program within SPPH, and its PhD program will integrate into SPPH’s PhD program over time. SOEH’s continuing education program and its laboratory will develop new capacity in SPPH. SOEH’s faculty, staff and students will now be appointed with SPPH.
|Monday, April 18, 2011|
|Community Medicine Residency program changes its name|
|The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has changed the name of its Community Medicine Residency program to the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency program. The Royal College changed the name to better reflect the discipline’s scope of practice and to ensure consistency of terminology in Canada and with international jurisdictions. In summer 2010, the Specialty Committee in Community Medicine requested the name change, which the Royal College approved on Feb. 25, 2011. |
More info on the Public Health and Preventive Medicine program at the UBC School of Population and Public Health.
|Monday, April 18, 2011|
|World leader in infectious diseases research to speak at special rounds presentation|
|Dr. William Jarvis, an acknowledged world leader in hospital-acquired infection control, will be speaking at the School of Population and Public Health's special grand rounds presentation May 17 in downtown Vancouver. His talk, "Mandatory Reporting of Healthcare Associated Infections: Can U.S. Experience Inform Canadian Policy?" will be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites at 1110 Howe St. at 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 6:30. Dr. Jarvis is a highly published expert in infectious diseases, infection control, epidemiology, public health, and pediatrics and has been a leader in infection control for over 20 years. |
For more details, download the event poster.
|Monday, April 18, 2011|
|Adjunct Prof. Richard Doll appointed to new role within BC Cancer Agency|
|The BC Cancer Agency recently announced Richard Doll, an Adjunct Faculty member at SPPH, will become the Provincial Lead for Survivorship reporting to the VP, Safety, Quality and Supportive Care. Richard has been working collaboratively with SPPH researchers for several years on cancer survivorship. In his new role, he will work both provincially and nationally to develop the Cancer Survivorship agenda to gain a better understanding of patients' needs in the Survivorship phase. He will be stepping down from his role as BCCA’s Provincial Director for Cancer Rehabilitation and will continue to lead the SocioBehavioural Research Unit.|
|Monday, April 04, 2011|
|Celeste Bickford wins Vanier Scholarship|
|PhD student Celeste Bickford has won a Vanier Scholarship for her research project "Adherence to guidelines on the clinical management of dystocia in British Columbia".|
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) was created to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and to establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. It is worth $50,000 per year for three years and is available to both Canadian and international PhD students studying at Canadian universities.