The Department of Health Sciences, launched in 2009, is a new addition to the Langara family and was developed in response to an increasing need for trained individuals in the field of public health Modern public health encompasses a broad range of goals including improvement of medical treatment and access to health services, health promotion, disease prevention, establishment of healthy environments and understanding the distribution of health determinant in human populations. Trained public health graduates are also key informants in health education, federal and provincial health policy, and legal and economic decision making.
Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary field that examines health, illness, and disease in human communities. While it builds upon the traditional public health training grounds of epidemiology and biostatistics, Health Sciences also draws upon both the natural and social sciences, as well as from administrative fields such as health management and policy development. The integrative nature of the field provides a combined social, scientific and behavioural perspective on determinants of health, producing individuals with a holistic approach to public health. Students will gain a better understanding of social determinants of health, technology and information systems associated with health, health systems and policy, risks, assessments of risk, and mitigation of those risks, evidence based health education and promotion of health systems.
Our teaching approach emphasizes the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of public health and many of the courses are team-taught. This method of course delivery highlights the strengths of our diverse faculty members who include active researchers in breast cancer treatment and the health of traditional pastoral communities in Kenya, as well as faculty engaged in international development.
The Department of Health Sciences looks forward to continued growth, the enhancement of the skills of students already working in the health field, and the entry of our first graduates in Health Sciences into the work force as researchers, health administrators, hospital and regional health authorities, governmental health agents, environmental health assessors, participants in health advocacy groups and more.