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Previous Placements

The practicum gives students the opportunity to meet and work with public health practitioners.

The MPH program has great contacts with organizations that have previously, or are willing to, host UBC students for their practicums. A list of organizations who have hosted students in previous years can be found below.

Practica can take place around Canada, as well as overseas, with some past students having travelled to South Africa, the South Pacific and South America, while areas of focus for past practica have included hygiene promotion, HIV outcomes, public health surveillance in given provinces, health survey translation and cultural adaptation, and engagement with Hepatitis C care.

Bree Beveridge, Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’wa Nations, Port Hardy

Margaret Erickson, Correctional Centres, B.C.

Christine Soon, Soweto, South Africa

Giulia Muraca, Oshitenda, Namibia

Previous Hosts

Alberta Health Services

Arthritis Research Centre of Canada

BC Ambulance Service (BC Emergency Health Services)

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

BC Ministry of Health – Mental Health and Substance Use Branch

BC Perinatal Health Program

British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)

British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Lands (BCMAL)

Canadian Cancer Society


Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation

Centre for Advancing Health Outcomes

Charite University Medical Centre, Campus Charite Mitte, Berlin, Germany

City of Vancouver, Department of Engineering, Active Transportation Branch

City of Windhoek, Division of Health Services, Winhoek, Namibia

Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education

Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Nutrition Research Institute

Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, UBC Hospital

Edmonton STI Clinic

First Nations Inuit Health & First Nations Health Society

Fraser Health Authority

Gender and Sexual Health Initiative, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Health Initiative for Men (HIM)

Human Early Learning Partnership, International Research and Initiatives Program

Interior Health Authority

Mental Health and Substance Use Branch, Ministry of Health

Michael Smith Foundation for Heath Research

Ministry of Health

Momentum Health Study, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH)

Northern Health Authority

Oak Tree Clinic, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, Vancouver

Public Health Ontario

Options for Sexual Health

Perinatal HIV Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC)

Sheway Program, Vancouver Coastal Health

SMART Fund, Vancouver Coastal Health

UBC Global Health Research Program

Unicef Zambia

United National Children’s Fund (UNICEF), New York Headquarters

United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Iran

United Way of the Lower Mainland

Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI), BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Vaccine Evaluation Center

Vancouver Coastal Health

Island Health – Residency Rural Rotation

Vancouver Native Health Society Medical Clinic

Vancouver Coastal Health Public Health Surveillance Unit

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

BC Women’s Hospital, Reproductive Mental Health

World Health Organization (WHO) HQ – Geneva

World Health Organization, Department of HIV/AIDS, Geneva