Summer Programs

VSP Program Package: "NURSING: Health Research Methods"

The UBC School of Nursing has been ranked the top nursing school in Canada for 2018 by McLean's Magazine. Our excellence in health education and research methods is a significant part of our success. We are very excited to offer interdisciplinary Health Research Methods as a set of summer program courses. The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four-week academic program that offers the opportunity to take two academic courses while learning about Canadian practices and culture. Our summer courses are invaluable to students interested in learning more about what research methods are and how to do health research in a variety of settings. We look forward to sharing with you our commitment to health education, research, and practice!

Program and Registration

Program Fee

The 2018 program fee is CAD $5100 and 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.

The registration deadline for the July Program is March 30th, 2018.

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 16 - Orientation
July 17 to August 7 - Classes in Session
August 8 to 9 - Exams, Graduation and Farewell Ceremony

Introduction to Research Methods in the Health Sciences

In this course we introduce you to the different types of research that health researchers use to tackle problems relevant for health promotion. This course focuses specifically on quantitative and qualitative designs. 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 is highly relevant for anyone who is planning to do a research project in their undergraduate program, has plans for graduate studies or is seeking employment as a research assistant.

Introduction to Visual Methods in Health Research

In this course we introduce you to the use of photographs, arts, video, web and social media in qualitative approaches to health research. This course includes opportunities to discuss examples and thoughtfully consider how you might design a visual methods study. Students enrolled in the course will have the opportunity to learn from existing examples and hands on experience in face-to-face seminars. We will also cover ethics specific to visual methods. Students will learn introductory skills in interpreting and sharing visual data to share findings drawn from visual methods.

This course is highly relevant for anyone who is planning to do a research project in their undergraduate program, has plans for graduate studies or is seeking employment as a research assistant.