Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers one of Canada’s most comprehensive and integrated health sciences programs. Researchers and students from a broad spectrum of disciplines work together to study health and disease.

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Featured Graduate Student

  • Natalie Kinloch in Health Sciences traveled to the USA to study the genetic characteristics of HIV.

  • Biftu Yousuf in Criminology and Health Sciences studied Oromo conceptions of well-being in metropolitan areas of Canada.

  • Health Sciences student Shantelle Medal's project was recognized as the winning project of Student-Community Engagement Competition.

  • Monique Auger, a proud Métis woman, is a recipient of the 2015 Graduate Aboriginal Entrance PhD Scholarship.

  • Dr. Carter in Health Sciences studied sexual health, happiness, and pleasure among more than 1,400 women living with HIV in Canada.

  • Natalie's research on the genetic features of the HIV virus aims to bring us closer towards a cure.

  • Nathan researches dopamine neurotransmission, namely how important proteins may interact with other proteins of the dopamine signalling system.

  • Harry's research is on the development of novel statistical methods on the assessment of environmental chemical mixtures on pregnancy outcomes.

  • Viviane examines how contractual approaches in health care hinder and/or advance equity in mental health.

  • Emanuel is a PhD student aiming to generate evidence that will inform the clinical management of people with opioid use disorder with concurrent mental disorders. (CIHR Doctoral Research Award)

  • Josh is a master’s student using quantile regression to understand the relationship between exposure to toxic chemicals during pregnancy and child autism outcomes. (BC Graduate Scholarship and NSERC CGS Master's Scholarship)

  • Dr. Collins' research examined gendered poverty relations, poverty, and the built environment when it comes to overdose risk impact among women.

  • Dr. Patterson worked with women living with HIV to examine how the law may impact their healthcare engagement.

  • Dr. Rezansoff from Health Sciences is the first SFU student to be awarded two Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medals.

  • Weng Sut Sio is a Master of Public Health student seeking to identify myopia protective factors to implement in schools to help in myopia control.

  • Natasha is a Master of Public Health student working to contribute to finding solutions that allow aging in place.

  • Marco Zenone completed his master’s from the Faculty of Health Sciences.

  • Dr. Closson explored the intersect between sexual decision making, gender, and HIV-risk among young people in Soweto, South Africa.

  • Dr. Adams from the Faculty of Health Sciences spent three months in Mexico to learn how medical tourism practices shape health-care delivery.

  • Stefanie is a Doctoral student in the Faculty of Health Sciences trying to understand what immigrant women's access to healthcare looks like and how it may look different for younger women, as well as for people with precarious immigration status during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CIHR Doctoral Research Award, Graduate Fellowship, President's PhD Scholarship)

  • Georgia is a Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences studying about disparities in birth outcomes. (Janes Corbett Graduate Health Science Award)

  • Emanuel is a Doctoral student in the Faculty of Health Sciences whose research aims to help physicians improve medical care for people with opioid use disorder with concurrent mental disorders. (CIHR Doctoral Research Award)

  • Beth is a Public Health Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences whose interests range from global health to social determinants of health to epidemiology. (GPS Graduate Fellowship)

  • Diego is a Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences trying to create more efficient ways to deliver healthcare among cancer patients. (GPS Graduate Fellowship)

  • Martha is a Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences looking at the experiences and mental health problems of non-binary youth (ages 15-29) in organized team sports in Canada and the US. (Graduate Fellowship; CERi Graduate Fellowship)

  • Maude is a Doctoral student in the Faculty of Health Sciences studying the interaction between genetic and environmental factors in the development of mental health problems in the Québec Longitudinal Study of Child Development. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • Meridith is a Doctoral student in the Faculty of Health Sciences whose research explores the design of sociable, healthy, and equitable cities. (SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship)

  • Kelly is a Public Health Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences who's working on developing evidence-based interventions and programs that address the upstream causes of poor health outcomes among communities and populations, rather than just at an individual-level. (Janes Corbett Grad HS Practice)

  • Iveoma is a Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences working on a research project that 1) aims to critically examine the motivations underlying the move to privatize humanitarian aid; and 2) analyze the Canadian government's role in promoting privatized humanitarian aid as a solution for reproductive, maternal and infant global health challenges around the world. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Emily is a Doctoral student in the Faculty of Health Sciences whose research involves investigating how adverse life events, such as growing up poor or being bullied, can impact overarching structure of our DNA, and how that can lead to changes in our reactions to future stress and potentially impact mental health later on. (Graduate Fellowship)

  • Gisele is a Doctoral student in the Faculty of Health Sciences whose research focuses on understanding the ways human immunodeficiency virus type (HIV-1) uses to challenge protection by human immune responses, invade the body and enhance disease development. (Graduate Fellowship)

  • Alison is a Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences whose research interest lies in how resilient responses to multimorbidity translate into protection from other adversities, such as fall injuries. (Graduate Fellowship)

  • Mari is a Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences whose research aims to understand barriers to accessing mental health services among teens in BC. (CERi Graduate Fellowship, Dr. Nancy Hall Graduate Award in Public Health)

  • Gemma is a Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences investigating strategies to improve how we retain and transfer new learnings under different environments to enhance neurorehabilitation programs. (Mitacs Globalink Fellowship, Special Grad Entrance Scholarship)

  • Tessa is a Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences whose research seeks to contribute evidence that is directly relevant to the decision makers responsible for designing, prioritizing and funding cycling facilities, in order to maintain the momentum for action on active transportation. (Graduate Fellowship, Michael Geller Grad Scholarship)

  • Tanner is a Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences investigating the impact of air pollution exposure during pregnancy on the development of respiratory symptoms in early childhood. (Graduate Fellowship, Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Maggie is a Doctoral student in the Faculty of Health Sciences whose research interests broadly cover philosophy of medicine, health beliefs and patients’ experiences as well as medicines in colonial contexts with a focus on Chinese medicine. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship, Graduate Fellowship)

  • Quiana is a Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences developing an effective vaccine to prevent congenital disease and HCMV infection in general. (Graduate Fellowship)

  • Martha is a Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences learning about a wide range of public health topics and expanding her ability to evaluate public health issues using a social justice lens. (GPS Graduate Fellowship)

  • Erik is a Master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences whose research focuses on how food security and housing environments relate to mental health using a two-eyed seeing approach. (Graduate Fellowship)

  • Emily is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Health Sciences who is researching how police violence is portrayed in the media and the impact of that portrayal on people more likely to experience police violence. (Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship)

  • Amanda studies how stress and sleep patterns may affect women's reproductive development.

  • Brandi is a Master's student who is focusing on the relationship between Indigenous language fluency and health and wellness. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Zarah is a PhD student interested in understanding how cities can be designed to preserve, protect, and promote health. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Aniqa is working on a cure for HIV/AIDS. (CIHR Doctoral Research Award)

  • Dr. Amanda Butler completed her PhD from the Faculty of Health Sciences.

  • Anna is a master's student in the Faculty of Health Sciences whose research seeks to describe present HIV-1 subtype diversity in Ghana, identify circulating drug resistance mutations in the country and lastly predict HIV-1 coreceptor usage using an algorithm that analyses sequences in the envelope region of HIV. (Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship)

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Health Sciences

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway Work Experience
Health Sciences MPH Specialty Thesis; Project Practicum
Health Sciences MSc Regular Thesis -
Health Sciences PhD Regular Thesis -
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