BHSc Field and Research Opportunity

The Cumming School of Medicine has for many years worked together with our University partners from around the globe on initiatives to promote Global Health promotion and equity. The field schools and research opportunities offer University of Calgary students 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) setting. These international experiences usually run over the summer months. Students are required to complete a final written project relating the social determinants of health as they relate to their experience in the LMIC

Field school partners past and present include: Mbarara University of Science and Technology Uganda, Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences Bugando Tanzania, Gondar University Ethiopia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Managua Nicaragua, Clínica Lecheria Dominican Republic, and Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences.

The BHSc Field and Research Opportunities may consist of the following:

  • Assist in developing and executing/completing research projects relevant to the community. 
  • Assist in developing and deploying training programs for community member institutions. Students will work in teams for all fieldwork and training sessions.

All field experiences are done in close collaboration with our partners and their communities. UCalgary students work together with our partners’ staff, students and local health authorities to engage with community members in project and program planning. Examples of activities:

1) Projects for health promotion learning with either the urban or rural health facilities to engage community and increase public awareness of health issues

2) Projects for building research educational capacity in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology and Bioinformatic.

2021 Field School: Community Health Engagement Virtual Field Experience and Group Study Program in Uganda

With the onset of the pandemic and with students unable to travel, the program will be offered virtually for 2021. This year, the Community Health Engagement Field Experience Group Study Program in Uganda will provide 10 – 18 students with the opportunity to virtually work alongside the Healthy Child Uganda team, local communities, and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) faculty and students to gain exposure and cross cultural engagement on the theme “The Structural Determinants of Health in the era of COVID-19”.

Please note: Due to the temporary closure of academic institutions in Uganda because of the changing COVID-19 situation, the field school start date has been postponed until further notice. Although a difficult decision to make, the safety and health of our global health partners and students is paramount. A future start date will be determined as the situation develops.

The virtual program will be structured in two parts:

Part A: 3-day on-line class sessions of not more than 2 hours per day

Part B: 7 days for design, field work, report writing and presentation

Full details of the 2021 Field School: Community Health Engagement Virtual Field Experience and Group Study Program in Uganda available here.

Eligibility

Currently, the field school is open to students of all streams of the Bachelor of Health Sciences, and the Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation (CRDS). Other students in the fields of Nursing, and Social Work will be considered on a case by case basis.

Selection criteria for applicants:

  • A team player
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent health and ability to face challenging situations 
  • Previous global experiences are an asset but not essential

Course fees

Involvement in this program requires enrolment in and completion of the MDSC507 course. 

Funding opportunities

Once registered in the MDSC507 course, full time students are also eligible to apply for the International Study Travel Grant and the Cumming School of Medicine Medical Trainee Fund.

Students are also encouraged to apply to other internal or external grant opportunities.

Application process

Interested applicants should provide a 500-word essay on how you think you could make a positive contribution to this program, what your motivations are for joining this program and how you meet the desired criteria listed under the Eligibility section above.

Please also include a copy of your curriculum vitae, University of Calgary transcripts and two references (including their contact information and how you know each individual). You do not need letters of reference. Further application details available here.

Application deadline is April 25, 2021.

Questions about the application process can be directed to Edna Ashie-Nikoi, International Project Coordinator.