Summer Programs

VSP Nursing Packages:

The UBC School of Nursing is ranked the top nursing school in Canada for 2018 by Maclean’s Magazine. Our excellence in health education and research methods is a significant part of the success. We are very excited to offer two Nursing Packages for the UBC Vancouver Summer Program in July 2019:

  1. Package A: Seniors’ Health and Home Care
  • Introduction to Seniors’ Health
  • Introduction to Caring for Seniors at Home and in the Community
  1. Package B: Health Research Methods
  • Introduction to Research Methods in the Health Sciences
  • Introduction to Visual Methods in Health Research

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four-week academic program that offers the opportunity to take a program package, includes two academic courses, while learning about Canadian practices and culture. Our summer courses are invaluable to students interested in learning more about Seniors’ Health and Care or Health Research Methods. We look forward to sharing with you our commitment to health education, research, and practice!

Program and Registration

Program Fee

The 2019 program fee of $5,250 CAD includes:

  • Tuition and course materials
  • Shared accommodation on UBC campus
  • Medical insurance
  • Group airport transfer and city tour
  • Orientation and farewell events
  • Social activities (optional trips may require an additional fee)

Students are responsible for the cost of food and transportation around the city, as well as any other personal expenses they may incur.

Registration

Students must meet their institution’s requirements for studying abroad, be proficient in English, and have a strong academic background. Application and selection is made through the participating students' home university.

We regret that we are unable to accept applications directly from individual students. Please have your home institution’s international or study abroad office contact us for further information.

2019 registration deadline for the July Program is March 29, 2019.

See the UBC Vancouver Summer Program website  for more details about registration procedures.

Accommodations

Accommodation details can be found here.

Take a virtual tour of the UBC residences.

Schedule

July 13 to August 13, 2019

Nursing Package A: Senior's Health and Home Care

The following two academic courses are offered in Package A:

Introduction to Seniors' Health

Field excursions to innovative seniors’ care centres and effective mentorship techniques will provide students with an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in the most advanced learning in healthy aging and common health concerns among seniors. A broad range of guests will engage with students, including older adults, healthcare providers, and educators, and will provide content expertise. This course provides a window into normal aging processes and introduces students to some of the main health challenges experienced by seniors, including dementia. Best practices for supporting seniors’ health and wellbeing will be discussed, guided by ethical considerations and principles of personhood. The course includes lectures, workshops and mentored individual projects by students that will be presented at the end of the course.

Introduction to Caring for Seniors at Home and in the Community

Students will gain hands-on experience in developing skills to effectively engage with and support seniors in their homes and communities. A wide variety of guests will engage with students, including seniors, family caregivers, and health and social service providers. Students will engage with seniors to consider practical tips to create supportive home environments. This course provides an overview of the key components of supporting the health and well-being of seniors in their home environment. Students will be introduced to issues associated with aging in place, including environmental, policy, and systemic factors. The course will be led by expert faculty in the field of aging. Course content will be delivered through lectures, case studies, small and large discussion groups, and field excursions.

The content covered in NURS Package A: Seniors Health and Home Care is similar to foundational pillar courses in the Masters of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) Seniors Care program as a whole (NURS 542, NURS 585S), however, this course does not translate exactly into the content covered for either course due to condensed format.

Nursing Package B: Health Research Methods

This interdisciplinary Health Research Methods package offers the following two academic courses:

Introduction to Research Methods in the Health Sciences

Highly relevant for anyone planning to do a research project in their undergraduate program, has plans for graduate studies or is seeking employment as a research assistant. Students in the health or social sciences will benefit from learning about the diverse methods and strategies used in research. Students enrolled in the course will have the opportunity to learn through simulated practice how to conduct surveys and qualitative interviews in face-to-face situations. We will also cover how to obtain consent for research participation. Students will learn introductory skills in data analysis methods and how to generate reports of their findings. This course introduces different types of research that health researchers use to tackle problems relevant for health promotion. This course focuses on quantitative and qualitative designs.

Introduction to Visual Methods in Health Research

Engaging speakers, visits to multi-media and research facilities and effective mentorship techniques will provide students with an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in the most advanced learning in visual methods health research. A wide variety of health researchers specializing in arts based, photographic, video and social media will participate in the course and provide examples of research conducted at UBC and other academic institutions.  This course provides a window into how visual methods can be used in health research. Visual research methodologies, research process, ethical considerations and practical tips for conducting high-yield, evidence-driven visual research with patients and/or health care providers will all be presented and discussed. The course includes lectures, workshops and a hands-on mentored individual research project by students that will be presented at the end of the course.

The content covered in NURS Package B: Health Research Methods is similar to coursework intended to support health & social science students to advance their knowledge and practice of research in health sciences (NURS 506, NURS 548, NURS 549, NURS 552) however, this course does not translate exactly into the content covered for any of the courses due to condensed format.

2019 Cohort Information

Welcome School of Nursing Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) Students. You all will be here very soon. There’s no better to be in Vancouver than in the summer. During the summer, it is hot but still very mild compared to many other destinations. Temperatures hover between 19˚C – 25˚C (66˚F – 77˚F) during the day, dipping by about 10˚C (50˚F) overnight. Check Vancouver’s current and historical weather conditions online.

Please meet your Student Cultural Ambassadors, Cathy Zhu and Anthony Yuen. Both Cathy and Anthony are directly responsible for the coordination of the School of Nursing VSP's socio-cultural activities.

Cathy Zhu is an incoming fourth-year student pursuing a Nutritional Sciences degree in the faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC (Vancouver Campus). She has spent her third year at UBC as President for Students for Partners in Health Canada, a registered AMS club focused on supporting Partners in Health Canada’s non-profit work on global health. Outside of UBC, she is volunteering with the Vancouver Crisis Centre and Vancouver Coastal Health in the VGH Emergency Department. During her free time, she enjoys painting, going to the beach, travelling and staying active through exercise and kickboxing. She hopes to create an unforgettable experience for the incoming Vancouver Summer Program students!

Anthony Yuen is a third-year Bachelor of Science student majoring in Integrated Sciences and minoring in French. Apart from his role as a Student Cultural Ambassador, Anthony also works at Vancouver International Airport and as a volleyball referee. He enjoys spending his time volunteering with friends, playing volleyball, and going on hikes. For the past 3 years, he has dedicated his time to various Rotary youth programs, including the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Anthony is interested in infectious diseases and neuroscience, hoping to one day pursue a career in public health.