Public Health Electives

The School of Population and Public Health and the UBC Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program are able to offer resident elective experiences. Residents from other public health and preventive medicine programs and residents interested in public health and preventive medicine issues can apply to complete electives for 2 weeks to 3 months. Training sites that can accommodate residents on elective include Environmental Health and Epidemiology Services at the BC Centre for Disease Control, and some Health Authorities. Health Authority experience can be found at various sites such Vancouver Coastal, Interior, Fraser, Northern and Vancouver Island.

At the end of an elective with the Public Health & Preventive Medicine program at UBC, we ask that residents complete an assessment (Word document) of their elective and return to the Program Coordinator.

Out of province residents who wish to complete an elective with the UBC Public Health & Preventive Medicine Program should start by visiting the UBC Postgraduate Medical Education website.

The School of Population and Public Health and many of the resident placement sites are able to offer medical students elective experiences. These sites include Environmental Health and Epidemiology Services at the BC Centre for Disease Control, First Nations and Inuit Health, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and Health Authority experiences. Health Authority experience can be found at various sites such as Vancouver Coastal, Interior, Fraser, Northern, and Vancouver Island.

UBC medical students can apply for electives through Undergraduate Medical Education. Out of province medical students should apply through the visiting student elective program at UBC to ensure they are licensed in the province of BC. The electives listed in the above paragraph are available but may not be listed on the visiting student electives list. Please contact our program (e-mail spph.residency@ubc.ca) if you have difficulty arranging an elective through the UBC electives office.

Core Elective Sites

  • BC Centre for Disease Control, Environmental Health and Epidemiology Services
  • Health Authorities: Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health Authority, Interior Health Authority, Northern Health Authority, Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • First Nations Health Authority
  • WorkSafe BC
  • School of Population and Public Health, UBC

 

Examples of Elective Training Sites

  • Office of the Provincial Health Officer, Victoria
  • BC Cancer Agency
  • BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
  • Institute of Health Promotion Research
  • BC Injury Prevention and Research Unit
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Canadian International Development Agency

  • attend meetings and participate in activities of Medical Health Officer (MHO) or supervisor
  • accompany Public Health Inspectors to site visits of restaurants, homes, service facilities, drinking water systems, sewage disposal systems, etc.
  • accompany Public Health Nurses on home visits, schools, outreach services, etc.
  • attend clinics provided in Health Unit such as baby, youth, immigrant, dental, hearing, STD, prenatal, postnatal, adult, travel, etc.
  • accompany Licensing Officer to site visits of child care and residential care facilities
  • participate in a client assessment for Long Term Care
  • visit a Needle Exchange program
  • visit community programs and public health agencies
  • review immunization reactions and recommend further action
  • draft correspondence for MHO or supervisor
  • draft newsletter to practicing physicians for MHO
  • provide information for interprofessional or public inquiry or consultation through phone, media, letter, reports
  • draft an area of policy
  • assist with preparation of annual report
  • participate in the budget process
  • participate in strategic planning activities
  • participate in personnel management and labour relation issues
  • conduct an in-service for Public Health Nurses and/or Inspectors
  • make a presentation to the Board of Health, Municipal Council
  • assist in developing a community health profile
  • evaluate a community health service/program
  • conduct a literature review/critical appraisal on a topic of current interest
  • participate in an outbreak investigation
  • assess an environmental hazard, plan management, and communication strategies