New home for health faculty

April 07, 2005, vol. 32, no. 7



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A $41.5-million building at the Burnaby campus will house the university's new faculty of health sciences.

In a capital funding announcement at the end of March the minister of advanced education Ida Chong, said, “SFU's new faculty of health sciences will play a vital role in educating the scientists who evaluate new technologies, plan health promotions and assess the factors that affect the health of our population.”

The faculty, which was established in September 2004, is focused on population and public health, with the goal of reducing the amount of disease, premature death and disability through prevention programs. This contrasts with medical schools, which focus on clinical care and disease.

“The health sciences building will house innovative research and teaching programs in public and population health, infectious and chronic disease control, and global health management, drawing on expertise in complementary disciplines as diverse as geography, communications, epidemiology, molecular biology and administration,” said President Michael Stevenson. “They will build on SFU's long and respected history of health research and education to bridge issues of science, public policy and health-care practice.”

The provincial government is providing $34.5 million for design and construction of the 11,758-square-metre health sciences building, which will contain classrooms, teaching and research labs and academic support space for 650 undergraduate and 150 graduate students. The university is contributing $7 million.

Construction on the new building, which will open in 2007, is scheduled to begin in spring of 2006.

It will be located next to the arts and social sciences complex, which begins construction later this month.

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