Engage with us - Students

Integrate your academic experience with community engagement.

Are you a UCalgary student looking to get more involved in health equity projects, research or education? Are you already involved in community engagement activities and are seeking to connect more effectively with university resources or community partners? We can help.

Our office is able to provide students with knowledge, resources and opportunities to take part in health equity community engagement initiatives across the CSM and within the communities we engage. Whether through global health electives, volunteer opportunities, pre-clerkships or research projects, students have the ability to apply their skills, build community connections and make a real difference at home and abroad. 

In fact, one of our primary goals is to facilitate education, research and engagement efforts that build health equity at home and abroad, and to enable experiences that educate students on the different cultures, beliefs, delivery systems and types of social determinants that affect health.

How we help students:

The support and opportunities we offer UCalgary students is intended to integrate student academic experiences with community needs to address social and health inequity concerns. Whether it is through volunteering, taking part in a global health research project or simply supporting on-campus initiatives, we strive to help you integrate your skills and academic knowledge with collaborative experiences in the community.

  • We can help you access opportunities to be involved in Indigenous, local and global health experiences.
  • We can help connect you to resources and knowledge to help enable your efforts.
  • We can connect you with community partners, organizations and stakeholders for further community engagement opportunities. 
  • We can help facilitate relationships with other university departments and groups regarding community engagement initiatives.
  • We can support your student-led project or initiative.

Please note: We are currently revising our website and we appreciate your patience as we make these changes. 

Local Health Opportunities

RISE for Health, formerly Immigrant Youth and Health initiative, offers UCalgary students the opportunity to learn from and co-create community health programs with immigrant youth. Together, students and youth plan and execute youth health learning activities geared towards immigrant and refugee communities in Calgary, and build health leadership capacity of youth within these communities.

Please check back to see new opportunities. 

Global Health Opportunities

Please note: Our team is working on finalizing plans for a field school-like opportunity for the spring of 2023. Please see details below. The 2022 Global Health Electives have been postponed until further notice due to curriculum changes. We will provide updates as this situation evolves. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Global health experiences provide students with unique opportunities to see how the social determinants of health play a key role in patient health and health seeking behaviours. Previously, clerkship and pre-clerkship opportunities have been available for both Undergraduate Medical Education and Postgraduate Medical Education students.

Due to curriculum changes, our team is revising global health electives and experiences to best meet students' needs. Updates will be provided in 2023. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kathleen Jack, Global Health Coordinator at inhealth@ucalgary.ca 

Field schools and research experiences offer University of Calgary students the opportunity for experiential learning about Global Health promotion, capacity building, and equity through a mix of classroom and field/research work in a Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) country setting.

Our team is working to organize a field school-like opportunity in Uganda between April 21 and May 21, 2023. If you have any questions, please reach out to Kathleen Jack, Global Health Coordinator at inhealth@ucalgary.ca 

 

Indigenous Health Opportunities

Through this program, a group of Elders visit the medical school on a rotating schedule and engage in meetings with students, faculty, and staff, provide teachings and workshops, strengthen protocol at events and ceremonies, and build relationships with students.

Please note: due to COVID-19, programming is undergoing revisions. Please contact the Indigenous Health Program Coordinator for more details.