This Division addresses population health perspectives on improving the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples, women, children, youth and their families; and, the determinants of population health, including social, biological, and developmental forces, throughout the life course from birth to death.
Key goals of the Indigenous and Global Health Theme will be the recruitment and education of Indigenous health professionals to address persistent health disparities and to promote self-determination by increasing Indigenous leadership in health and health care, and the provision of the training necessary for all health professionals to work more effectively with Aboriginal people and organizations. Working with Indigenous peoples, the theme members examine and aim to provide scientific knowledge applicable to improving or preserving the health status of populations experiencing disparities of health. Delivering services and conducting research with people living globally requires a unique set of skills that stem from a sound understanding of the key issues and effective culturally-safe strategies. We are committed to ensuring that research processes open pathways for Indigenous peoples in Canada and abroad are self-determining, self-governing, and build community capacity and trust in research and understanding.
Faculty within the Division come from a wide range of disciplines and academic/service backgrounds that include public health, health systems, clinical, behavioural, applied and social sciences as well as sectors corresponding to a wide range of health determinants. A number of research centres also linked to the Division include the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, provincial UBC-affiliated hospitals, BC Centre for Disease Control, UBC International Health Centre, BC Children's Hospital-Centre for International Child Health, and the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences.
The goal of the Maternal-Child Health (MCH) theme is to improve the health and well-being of women, children, youth and their families. Maternal and Child Health, within Public Health, takes a population-based perspective on research, education, advocacy, and administration.
Students interested in this area can follow a curriculum in physical and cognitive development, health problems, relevant health services and policies, appropriate research methods, and program planning and evaluation. Typically, MCH practitioners are involved with infrastructure building (e.g. needs assessment to identify essential gaps in existing programs serving mothers and children, enhancement of information systems, standards development), population health monitoring (e.g. incidence of very low birth weight infants, incidence of adolescent suicide) and applied prevention research (e.g. planning and evaluation of home-based injury prevention programs for toddlers). MCH works at a systems level to complement direct services provided by clinical practice providers.
Stephen Hoption Cann
|Ruth Elwood Martin