Faculty of Health Sciences: Best of 2010

Public health programs receive landmark accreditation
The Master of Public Health degree program became the first in English Canada to receive accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health. Public health graduates are trained to protect the community’s health through identifying, evaluating, and monitoring disease and illness patterns, and implementing programs and services to prevent disease and promote healthy environments and healthy living. The accreditation also covers the faculty’s undergraduate Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs.

Centre to study mental health, addiction, inequality  
The Faculty of Health Sciences established a new Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health to address how the intersections of gender, race, poverty and other social factors affect services and outcomes for people with mental health and addiction issues. Funded with nearly $2 million from the Institute of Gender and Health, part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, it will include more than 30 national and international co-investigators and collaborators.

Faculty of Health Sciences gets new arthritis chair 
Charles Goldsmith, a clinical epidemiologist and biostatistician who is passionate about helping people with musculoskeletal diseases such as arthritis, became the first appointee to a new arthritis chair at SFU. Professor Goldsmith has published more than 270 papers in the field of clinical epidemiology and is an internationally acclaimed leader in the development of evidence-based decision-making in medical practice.


New research chair tracks potential HIV moms in Africa 
Health sciences assistant professor Angela Kaida was named Faculty of Health Sciences new Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Global Perspectives in HIV, and Sexual and Reproductive Health. She is studying how expanding access to HIV treatment services, including the availability of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), influences reproductive decision-making, behaviours and outcomes among women in high-risk areas, primarily sub-Saharan Africa.

First health sciences PhD to take on HIV/AIDS
The Faculty of Health Sciences graduated its first PhD student, Nathan Ford, in October. Ford, who is deeply interested in issues of social injustice, health inequalities and HIV/AIDS, plans to help improve care for people with HIV/AIDS in the world’s most impoverished countries.