Health Sciences Summer Research Opportunity

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dr. Brenda Leung, in the Public Health Program, Faculty of Health Sciences, is working in conjunction with the Integrative Health Institute at the University of Alberta to provide opportunities for students to gain research experience. Students will learn about the barriers and facilitators to shared decision making between patients and health care providers. The goal of this project is to understand the reasons that patients and health care providers choose to start and stop using particular treatment options.

Job Description

Students will work in one of the Lethbridge health zone and be assigned to a specific PCN or other medical clinic. Specifically, the successful student will carry out the following duties:

i) recruitment of health care providers and patients

ii) data collection, including interviews

iii) data analysis (if appropriate) and manuscript preparation

All students will be required to complete the following core training requirements about 40 hrs including a 1.5 day workshop on qualitative data analysis using NVIVO. Attendance at all training is important, and therefore mandatory. Missing training sessions MAY result in termination of contract.

Following training, students will take part in data analysis, planning of knowledge dissemination activities (e.g., manuscripts, conference presentations), and field work. Positions will be up to 520 hours. Placements may be full-time positions (approx. 35 hours/ week for about 16 weeks) or part-time (approx. 20 hours/ week for about 26 weeks).


The successful studentship will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable conducting independent interviews
  • Exemplary information and communication technology skills (e.g., word-processing, spreadsheets)
  • Excellent organizational skills including prioritization, delegation and adherence to project timelines
  • Self-starter with demonstrated initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team setting
  • Ability to maintain professional and ethical boundaries and privacy regarding sensitive information

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program at the U of L. International student interns who comply with Canada Immigration & Citizenship regulations are also encouraged to apply.

Contact Dr. Leung at promptly as the position starts May 1, 2017.