The Health and Society minor allows students to pursue specialty interests in health-related focus areas that are strongly represented at the University of Victoria through the various research centres (Aboriginal Health, Addictions, Aging, Biomedical Research, Disability/CanAssist, Early Child Research and Policy, Youth in Society) and provide them with the opportunity to work on projects with internationally renowned researchers in these areas.

Affiliated research centres

Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE)

The Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement is a University of Victoria research centre dedicated to promoting and engaging in health research in partnership with Aboriginal peoples to improve their health. Through engaging with stakeholders in Aboriginal health in British Columbia, across Canada and internationally, CIRCLE seeks to assume an active advocacy role in promoting relevant and ethical health research that seeks to improve Aboriginal peoples’ health.

Centre for Addictions Research BC (CARBC)

The Centre for Addictions Research of BC is a provincial research network involving a partnership of Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of Victoria. Its mission is to create an internationally recognized centre, distributed across BC, that is dedicated to research and knowledge exchange on substance use, harm reduction and addiction.

Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health

The Centre on Aging at the University of Victoria is a multidisciplinary research centre with a mandate to promote and conduct basic and applied research throughout the lifespan. Research is conducted in partnership with seniors, their families, organizations, health care providers, and the government and includes needs assessments and social surveys, experimental research, program evaluations, development of clinical diagnostic tools, and social policy research.


CanAssist at the University of Victoria is dedicated to helping people with disabilities improve their quality of life, with a focus on promoting independence and inclusions.  Their talented team develops innovative technologies and programs where there are gaps in existing services.  They work with the exceptional students and faculty at UVic, along with partners in the wider community.

Centre for Early Childhood Research and Policy

The Centre for Early Childhood Research and Policy (CECRP) is committed to advancing our understanding and improving the quality of young children’s lives through primary research, innovative community-university partnerships and practical policy recommendations that will enhance supports for children in their families and far beyond.

Centre for Youth and Society

The Centre for Youth & Society aims to promote the well-being of youth from diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds, across developmental transitions, and in evolving societal circumstances. The core mandate of the Centre is to promote research and action that contribute to the well-being of youth.