December 15, 2010
The University of Northern British Columbia will add another building block to its health-related programming next fall with the addition of a doctorate-level degree in Health Sciences. The PhD Health Sciences is a research-intensive degree, which will integrate across disciplines related to health research or the organization and delivery of health services.
The degree joins the PhDs in Psychology and Natural Resources and Environmental Studies as the University's third doctorate-level offering and was approved recently by BC’s Minister of Science and Universities, the Honourable Ida Chong.
“It is great to see the PhD approved,” says UNBC professor Henry Harder, Chair of the School of Health Sciences. “We believe that this degree, coupled with the existing Master and Bachelor of Health Sciences, increases our ability to provide and improve health services in the North, provide a full suite of health-based education, and heighten the University’s reputation in this area."
Graduates of the degree will have an area of concentration as well as a familiarity with other disciplines intended to enable them to undertake research and leadership within the increasingly complex and multidisciplinary health sector. The new degree will incorporate faculty members with health expertise throughout the University.
UNBC was approved for the degree due in large part to the support and positive reviews of community members and organizations such as Northern Health, which will also be important in its implementation. The degree begins in September of next year with applications being accepted until February 15.
Media: To arrange an interview with Dr. Henry Harder, please call 250.960.5363