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Global Health Program Prioritizes Arctic and Aboriginal Issues with New Course Electives

Global Health Program Prioritizes Arctic and Aboriginal Issues with New Course Electives August 31, 2017

The MSc Global Health program is offering seven new courses this year, including a course focusing on the Arctic and another centred on Aboriginal health. These electives will be available to global health students in the winter term.

The Arctic Studies elective builds on the program’s partnership with the University College of Southeast Norway (USN) which has provided exciting exchange and practicum opportunities and opened up access to education in underserved communities. The new course, which will be the first of its kind in Canada, will explore the intersections in critical global health issues impacting populations in the Arctic region, including climate change, while the Aboriginal elective will encourage students to evaluate the ways in which the university can be a site for intellectual and critical inquiry relevant to Indigenous peoples and communities. 

Other electives, which are pending approval, to be offered in 2018 include International Surgery, Global Health Research Methods in Low-Resource Settings, Global Environmental and Health Policy, Radiation and Global Health, and Ritual and Symbolic Healing, which explores healing practices in a variety of social, cultural and religious contexts and geographic locales.