The School of Public Health and Health Systems is pleased to announce that our name has changed to the School of Public Health Sciences. The change will not be fully in effect until later this year, but most instances of the new name should be complete by September 1.
The School was formally established in 2011, having grown out of the Department of Health Studies and Gerontology. Wishing to acknowledge a focus on health services research, the term “Health Systems” was included. However, health systems and services research is a well-recognized pillar of modern public health research and practice, so the focus is not lost by removing the term. The word “Sciences” better encapsulates our multiple research and teaching strengths and was widely supported by the community.
We have a large BSc in Health Studies program that offers multiple pathways to health careers, including life sciences, and we offer health informatics options at both undergraduate and graduate levels. We also offer undergraduate and graduate programs in Public Health, including a highly regarded online Master of Public Health. We remain the go-to program in Canada for online and distance education in public health, health informatics and health evaluation, and are recognized as one of the top public health educators in Canada.
For questions about this name change, please contact Carol West-Seebeck.