Dr. Marcia Hills

Dr. Marcia Hills
Professor, Associate Director of Research and Scholarship
School of Nursing
Office: HSD B206


Area of expertise

Health promotion; curriculum development; family health; participatory action research; international health

I have held a tenure track appointment in the School of Nursing since 1989, although I have been associated with the university since 1982.

During my time in the School of Nursing, I've held many key positions, perhaps most prominent being coordinator of the Collaborative Nursing Program of BC from its inception in 1989 through to implementation in 1992.

I am a recognized leader in the areas of curriculum development and in health promotion research. To this end, I have extensive supervisory experience with students representing a wide range of disciplinary interests.

My major fields of scholarly and professional interest are:

  • caring science
  • health promotion
  • primary health care
  • collaborative, participatory research methods and program evaluation
  • curriculum development
  • teaching/learning
  • family health

I am the chair of the Watson Caring Science Institute Executive Council (2011–present), the vice-president, Scientific and Technical Development, IUHPE/NARO (2010–2013), and the Associate Director of Research and Scholarship for the School of Nursing (2020–present).


Research and Professional Activites

  • 2011-2013 Geneau, R., Hills, M., Mitik, W. Promoting Health Through Intersectoral Action (formerly The Case of Act Now BC in British Columbia). Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) ($125,000).

  • 2008-2013 Hills, M., Jackson, S. (2008) Canada-Europe Initiative in Health Promotion Advanced Learning, Trans-Atlantic Project (TEP). Human Resource and Social Department Canada (HRSDC) ($200,000).

  • 2007 Hills, M. (PI) Amuyunzu-Nyamongo, M., Hall, B. and Maloney, M. Water is For Life: Sanitation is For Dignity. Funding received from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) International Opportunity Program, one-time development/planning grant ($25,000).

  • 2006 Hills, M., (PI) McQueen, D., Metzler, Rootman, I. and MacDonald, M. (2006). Building the Evidence Base for Reducing Health Disparities: An Alternative Methodology for Knowledge Synthesis. CIHR ($90,000).

  • 2005- 2008 Hills, M., Krupa, E., Jackson, S. (2005) Canada-Europe Initiative in Health Promotion Advanced Learning (CEIHPAL). Human Resources Development Canada ($200,000).


In the past I have taught:

  • NURS 350: Health and Healing VII: Promoting Community and Societal Health and NURS 351: Nursing Practice VI: Promoting Health of Communities and Society.

  • NURS 345: Family Nursing

  • NURS 360: Professional Practice VI: Nursing Research

  • NURS 590: Directed Studies


  • Hills, M. and Dallaire, C. (2012) The symbiotic relationship of nursing and health promotion: Promising practices from education, research and practice in A. Pederson, M. O'Neill, I. Rootman and S. Duprere, Health Promotion in Canada, 3rd edition.

  • Hills, M. and Watson, J. 2011). Creating a Caring Science Curriculum: An Emancipatory Pedagogy for Nursing. Springer Publishing Company.

  • Sherriff, N.S., Jeffery, A., Davies, J.K., Hills, M.D., Carroll, S., Jackson, S., Krupa, G., Goepelf, E., Hofmeisterf, A., Tountasg Y. and Attorpa, A. (2011). Transatlantic student exchange between Canada and Europe: experiences from the CEIHPAL project. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 36(1), 2012, 41-55.

  • Hills, M., Mullett, J., and Carroll S. (2007). Community-based participatory research: transforming multi-disciplinary practice in primary health care. Revista Panamericana de Salud Publica/ Pan American Journal of Public Health, 21(2/3).

  • Hills, M. and McQueen, D. (2007). At issue: two decades of the Ottawa Charter.

  • 2 Hills, M., and Mullett, J. (2005). Primary health care: a preferred health service delivery option for women. Health Care for Women International, 26(4), 325-399, April, 2005.