The UBC School of Nursing has an international reputation for improving health in Canada and beyond through excellence in education, research & practice. The UBC School of Nursing is nationally and internationally recognized for research that sheds light on the health care experiences and health outcomes of diverse socio-economic and demographic groups across Canada, and for creating health care and policy solutions to reduce health disparities and improve well-being across the lifespan. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs taught by experienced and award-winning faculty members. Interested in learning more? Please visit our VSP – Health Research page. July 13 - August 13, 2019 Course Package Package A - Seniors Health and Home Care (NURS A JULY) Introduction to Seniors' Health Field excursions to innovative seniors’ care centres and effective mentorship techniques will provide students with a 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. Package B - Health Research Methods (NURS B JULY) 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.