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CIHR/PHAC chair in public health education and public health interventions

Principal investigator:

Marjorie MacDonald

Funder:

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Funding period:

September 2008 – September 2013


This five year award focuses on three streams of research:

  1. A series of studies exploring the implementation and impact of the Core Public Health Functions Framework in British Columbia.
  2. Studies related to adolescent health promotion in the areas of health literacy and adolescent smoking.
  3. Research related to conceptualizing the nature of advanced practice nursing in public health.

Goals

The goals of the program are to:

  1. Establish and work with a multidisciplinary advisory committee that will provide advice and guidance to the chair on all aspects of the proposed program.
  2. Develop and expand the current program of population health intervention research in the three streams.
  3. Develop capacity for population health intervention research by providing mentoring and training opportunities and financial supports to current and future graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty.
  4. Work with health authorities to expand system capacity for public health practice placements to: a) develop new and non-traditional placements; b) build capacity for practice mentorship through preceptor training and development; and c) establish a teaching–research health unit as a site for multidisciplinary public health practice training.
  5. Build on the existing strengths of UVic’s current undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education nursing programs to expand the public health content so that graduates from across the country are able to meet core public health competencies and nursing-specific competencies.
  6. Participate in the development of the new undergraduate and graduate programs in public health to be offered at UVic ensuring the core public health competencies are integrated into the programs.
  7. Develop capacity for use, application, and integration of research evidence into public health practice through the collaborative development with research, practice, and education partners of a comprehensive knowledge exchange program.

Contact

For more information about the CIHR/PHAC Chair in Public Health Education and Population Health Interventions please contact Luiza Souza, () Administrative Assistant to Marjorie MacDonald.

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