Dear friends of the Faculty of Health Sciences,
The past year has been extremely rewarding as we have completed our Faculty of Health Sciences Strategic Plan. Our goal during the planning process was to create a document that articulates our vision, our mission and, most importantly, our core values. We identified ourselves as an ACTIVe Faculty, in that we are accountable, collaborative, transformational, inclusive and vibrant!
Collectively we affirmed our commitment to support our students and to our colleagues. We will maintain our commitment to the undergraduate student experience while developing graduate programming and research capacity.
Our collaborative venture with the Faculty of Education to deliver a Master of Education Counselling Psychology in Addictions and Mental Health is well under-way with the first cohort nearing the end of their first year of studies; we have completed development of an innovative Masters of Nursing, and now await program approval; we continue to collaborate with the Faculty of Management on creating a Master of Health Services Management; and we have nearly completed development of a proposed Ph.D. in Population and Health in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Science.
In support of our goal of expanding research capacity we are currently recruiting an Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions Chair in Aboriginal Health and Wellness; this position will support translational research and complement the implementation of a major in Aboriginal health.
Last year I noted the exciting news of our first endowed position, the Emmy Droog Professorship in Complementary and Alternative Health; we remain on schedule to recruit for this position in 2014. In the meantime we have created a series of Emmy Droog Research Awards, with the goal of developing research capacity in the area of complementary and alternative health.
Finally, we have also been working collaboratively with other postsecondary institutions and the practice community to develop a new post-diploma program in Therapeutic Recreation. We are currently developing a business plan in support of this much anticipate laddering opportunity for students.
The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to providing a caring, dynamic, and diverse learning environment that develops principled health professionals.
Christopher Hosgood, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Lethbridge