Due to the continued impact of the pandemic and province-wide restrictions by the order and the direction of the provincial health officer, UBC has made the difficult decision to cancel the Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) for 2021.

Please visit our VSP COVID-19 information page to stay up-to-date on the program’s response.

School of Nursing


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.

All disciplines are welcome to apply. No prerequisites are required; participants must be proficient in English, have a strong academic background, and be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the session. We look forward to sharing with you our commitment to health education, research, and practice at UBC School of Nursing! We are very excited to offer three packages for the UBC Vancouver Summer Program in July 2021:

July 10 - August 10, 2021 Course Packages

Introduction to Seniors’ Health

Virtual 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 (including older adults, healthcare providers and educators) will virtually engage with students and 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. Field excursions will be limited depending on COVID restrictions at the time of the course.

Introduction to Caring for Seniors at Home and in the Community

Students will gain experience in developing skills to effectively engage with and support seniors in their homes and communities. A wide variety of guests will virtually engage with students, including seniors, family caregivers, and health and social service providers. Students will virtually 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 virtual excursions. Field excursions will be limited depending on COVID restrictions at the time of the course.

Global Health Leadership

As we become more globalized and connected, health care providers have opportunities to lead the way for social justice and equity. This course will draw upon the World Health Organization’s current program of work and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. Students will learn about leadership styles and strategies for global health advocacy work and policy development. Course discussions will highlight global health leadership in action for complex contemporary challenges such as climate change; human resources for health; good global governance; decent work; gender and age-transformative action; universal health coverage (UHC); and the “triple billion” goals. To lead globally, we have to think both locally and internationally, and students will have opportunities to meet local leaders who are champions for local Indigenous rights and cultural safety in Vancouver.

Quality and Safety for Health Care

In complex healthcare environments healthcare professionals must have the knowledge, skills and judgment to continuously monitor and improve: a) the safety of the work environment for patients and providers; and b) the quality and safety of patient care delivery. There are six key quality and safety competencies that will be covered in this course: patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety and informatics. Students will learn about real-life applications for each of these key competencies. This course will use cases of quality and safety practice challenges such as errors (including near misses), omissions and other breaches to engage students in group discussions and problem-solving. Guests will include Quality and Safety Officers, Informatics experts and Patient Experience Advocates from various healthcare organizations.

Introduction to Mental Health

Using a life-course perspective addressing mental health from the prenatal period through older adulthood, students will build their understanding of the various mental health challenges, risk and protective factors, health system challenges and opportunities and evidence-based approaches to mental health promotion, prevention and treatment of common mental health challenges for individuals and their families. This course provides students with a foundation for working with individuals, families, and populations who experience and are living with mental health and substance use challenges. This course includes lectures and discussion groups.

Strategies to Manage Stress in Everyday Life

Students will have the opportunity to explore knowledge related to stress, stressors, resilience, social support, and strategies to foster physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Key concepts to be explored include the positive and negative aspects of stress, factors that contribute to stress, physiological and psychological responses to stress, and the various strategies to navigate and manage stress, including the role of social support and self-care. There will be a strong focus on practical strategies to manage stress within the context of students’ current and future lives. The course will encompass a variety of methods including lectures, discussions, and an interactive assignment will allow students to express their creativity.

For questions about the Vancouver Summer Program in Nursing, please contact:

Ellen Siu, MBA
Manager, Operations & Finance
UBC School of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science
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Dr. Suzanne Campbell, PhD, RN, IBCLC, CCSNE
Associate Professor, International Engagement
UBC School of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Science

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