Exemplary teaching and research
Our faculty come from a broad range of backgrounds and have a wide collection of interests. This creates a diversity of opportunities for students to learn in a multidisciplinary environment.
A longstanding area of strength in CHS is our focus on Indigenous health. Ongomiizwin – Research (formally known as the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research or MFN CAHR) is known nationally and internationally for promoting research excellence through the support and development of partnership-based health research with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and/or Indigenous communities.
CHS is nationally and internationally known for the activities of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP), a research centre of excellence that conducts world class population-based research on health services, population and public health and the social determinants of health.
The study of child maltreatment is a strength in CHS. Using diverse methodologies, such as population-based data analyses and qualitative research, faculty members study: child abuse, neglect, and physical punishment; child injuries at home; resilience in children; intimate partner violence; elder abuse; and the relationship between family violence and problem gambling.
What we offer
We offer broad, multidisciplinary training in a range of fields in public health and preventive medicine, at levels ranging from undergraduate to PhD.
Current student resources
Our department provides teaching and mentorship in community health sciences to undergraduate medical students, graduate students (masters and doctoral), community medicine residents and post-doctoral fellows.
Manitoba Health Student Research Day
Manitoba Health Student Research Day offers CHS students the opportunity to showcase our discipline and academic department across the health and social spectrum. CHS graduate students and residents compete for 13 awards at the Manitoba Health Research Poster Competition scheduled for June each year.
Awards and scholarships
The University of Manitoba issues more than $17 million to students each year in the form of scholarships and bursaries. Find out how you can access funding so you can focus on your studies.
Alan Klass Memorial Program for Health Equity
The program provides support and guidance to medical students seeking elective placement or summer early exposure in low resource, under-served communities both international or in Canada.
The Alan Klass Memorial Program for Health Equity will award up to $1,500 (adjusted depending on available funds and number of applicants) to undergraduate medical students to support a 2-10 week experience in a low resourced environment, based on a written submission and application that meets the eligibility and criteria below.
Undergraduate medical students at the University of Manitoba are eligible. Students may book their own travel and submit receipts and boarding passes for reimbursement of the award amount to the Department of Community Health Sciences.
Students are encouraged to explore and develop their projects independently. There are some resources at UM that may help in this process. Projects that are suitable for consideration for the award are those whose activities and objectives satisfy the following criteria. The experience:
- is located in a low-resource country or low resource northern/rural/remote community setting in Canada
- offers opportunity for community based learning
- offers opportunities to engage with local community members on health care or health related projects
- is at least two weeks in length
- is a national or international conference to address the health needs of underserved populations
Preference will be given to:
- students who show prior interest and participate in related student interest groups focusing on global, Indigenous, immigrant and refugee or rural health
- students involved in learning opportunities in low resource communities locally or globally
- students who participate in programs that work to increase the community’s capacity to deliver programming or services
The successful applicant will be matched with a faculty mentor for orientation, pre-departure preparation, access to reading resources, and to refine learning objectives and activities. Attending pre-departure workshops and self-preparation are required.
Students will keep a record of their experiences and activities (e.g. journal, logbook, blog) and a written reflection on their learning objectives during their elective. This will be submitted to faculty mentor for discussion.
Upon return the student will participate in post departure activities including submission of a short report (2,000-2500 words) and deliver a presentation at a venue organized by the program for students and faculty to attend.
To promote opportunities for students to learn about community engagement, knowledge of health needs, community strengths, and how the determinants of health that impact low resource communities, globally and in Canada.
Objectives are defined within the context of the proposed elective. After completion of the elective, the student will be able to:
- discuss the importance of community context in understanding a patient’s and community's health status
- reflect on the determinants of health and how these factors impact the local community
- describe aspects of the history, culture, geography, and socioeconomic factors in the host community that are relevant to the health of the community
- analyze local efforts inside or outside the formal health system used to address health needs and priorities
- examine and make explicit their own beliefs and biases, and practice skills for critical self-awareness
- design approaches to improve communication in a cross cultural setting
- evaluate the impact of one’s own presence and activities in the setting
How to apply
Submit an application form and letter (up to two pages) with a description of the proposed project, sponsoring agency with available website information, preceptor name, location, job, and title and any pertinent information. Include a brief essay of the applicant’s interest in global or Indigenous health, list of learning objectives, and outline of academic and personal goals to attain.
Please submit all materials to Dr. Sarah Lesperance.
Christine Egan Memorial Scholarship (for Nunavut Inuit)
In memory of Dr. Christine Egan (PhD/99), who died tragically on September 11, 2001, her family, friends, and estate have established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba.
The purpose of the fund is to perpetuate her values of generosity and caring for others and her commitment to health and education in Nunavut and to expand opportunities for the Inuit of Nunavut to study nursing by providing scholarship support to promising Nunavut nursing students.
The scholarship is provided by interest from a permanent endowment. The approximate amount available for the 2021-22 academic year is $17,600 distributed among successful applicants.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Are Nunavut Inuit
- Have completed at least one year of a Baccalaureate Nursing degree at a post-secondary institution in Canada
- Have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 2.5 (or equivalent) in their most recent year of full-time study
- Are enrolled full-time in the second, third, or fourth year of a Baccalaureate Nursing degree at a post-secondary institution in Canada or are nurses who are enrolled full-time in post-graduate study in Nursing or a related field at a post-secondary institution in Canada
- Have demonstrated that they are committed to a career in nursing in Nunavut
How to apply
Applicants must submit an application that includes:
- A cover letter indicating why they would be a suitable recipient of this scholarship
- A completed application form
- A curriculum vitae
- An official copy of their academic transcripts
- Confirmation of registration at a post-secondary institution in Canada
- Two confidential letters of reference from persons familiar with their academic and/or clinical work
Both achievement and need will be considered in selecting the successful applicants.
The deadline for this year is October 1, 2021.
Please submit all materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Health Sciences Graduate Student Travel Awards
Community Health Sciences encourages graduate students to submit and present papers at conferences.
Eligibility: Current full-time and part-time graduate students in Community Health Sciences who will present a paper or a poster related to their research at a conference held outside the city of Winnipeg. Normally students will not receive funding more than once per degree program.
To apply, complete the application form (PDF).
David Fish Memorial Scholarship
In memory of Dr. David G. Fish Fish (1929-2000), his family, friends, and colleagues have established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba.
Dr. David G. Fish was the founding department head of the department of social/preventative medicine at the University of Manitoba. He devoted his career to graduate education and international health. This fund commemorates Dr. Fish, his vision, and his accomplishments and also reflects his interest in research on international health by offering scholarship support for graduate students who undertake research abroad.
One scholarship shall be offered to a student who:
- is enrolled full-time or part-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in either the MSc or the PhD program delivered by the Department of Community Health Sciences
- has achieved high academic standing on all graduate level courses completed to date with a minimum degree grade point average of 3.75 (or equivalent)
- is conducting or has proposed to conduct thesis research that will require travel and fieldwork with primary data collection outside of Canada
For details on how to apply, please contact the Department of Community Health Sciences.
Evelyn Shapiro Award for Health Services Research
Professor Shapiro was a founding faculty member of the Department of Community Health Sciences, and as a lead researcher with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, she earned world-acclaim for her innovative, and policy relevant research.
On the occasion of her retirement, the "Evelyn Shapiro Award for Health Services Research" was established to support the work of graduate students in an area of health services research. Specifically, the award which is designated solely to help cover the cost of data access up to a maximum of $5,000 will be offered to a student or students who:
- are enrolled either full-time or part-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies (Masters or PhD) at the University of Manitoba, preferably in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
- has achieved high academic standing on all courses completed to date, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75
- are conducting research in the area of health services requiring expenditures associated with the use of the Population Health Research Data Repository (Repository); and
- are deemed by the selection committee to show great promise for research excellence and future contributions to the field of health services research
How to apply
Applicants must provide:
- a summary (not exceeding two pages) of the proposed thesis which should include sections on Introduction/Background, Research Questions, Methods, Analysis Plan, Policy Implications or how this research will contribute to the field of health services research; and Reference (not included in the two page limit)
- a quote from MCHP regarding the feasibility, cost, access and use of the Repository for the thesis proposed (refer to MCHP's website for the procedure to follow);
- a letter of support from the student's advisor, and
- a current transcript or student history from the University of Manitoba
Please send completed applications to Dr. Alan Katz.
Greene Memorial Fellowship
Joe Greene has established a fund to provide scholarships for Nurses who pursue further studies in community health or public health at the University of Manitoba.
The fund will be used to offer one or more scholarships for graduate students who:
- hold a Bachelor of Nursing degree
- are enrolled full-time or part-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in the first or second year of one of the following: Master of Science or PhD in Community Health Sciences, Master of Public Health, PhD in Applied Health Sciences, or Master of Nursing, with a focus on community and/or public health
- have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5 (or equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours of study
- have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in community and/or public health
The selection committee will have the discretion to determine the number and value of awards offered each year based on the available revenue.
Recipients may hold the Greene Memorial Fellowship concurrently with any other awards, consistent with policies in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Fellowship is not automatically renewable but previous recipients may apply.
How to apply
Contact the Department of Community Health Sciences for details.
This award was established to recognize excellence in medical students’ advocacy activity in the field of population and public health sciences. The $1,000 prize will be awarded to the small group of students (maximum six students) in the Community Health Sciences Clerkship who produce the best advocacy project as part of their Advocacy Physician Development Curriculum sessions.
Submissions are usually received in September. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Johnson, Rose Mary and Frederick Allan Scholarship
Dr. Frederick A. Johnson (B.Sc.(Hons.)/45) has established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba. The fund will be used to offer awards for students who have successfully completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree and are preparing for a career in health administration.
The available annual income from the fund will be used to offer two scholarships of equal value to graduate students who:
- have successfully completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree from an accredited university
- are enrolled full-time or part-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in one of the following programs: Master of Business Administration Master of Nursing, in the Administration stream Master of Science in Community Health Sciences or Master of Public Health
- have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on the last 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study
- have demonstrated an interest in health administration
How to apply
Apply online here.
You will require:
- a current curriculum vitae
- two letters of reference (one academic and one professional reference)
- a description of their career goals and how their current program of study will assist them in preparing for a career in health administration.
- current academic transcript(s)
For more information about this award, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
John (Jack) MacDonald Lederman and John MacDonell Bursary
Through a testamentary gift, Mr. John McIntyre Stoddart made a gift of $144,611 to the University of Manitoba to establish the John (Jack) MacDonald Lederman and John MacDonell Bursary.
The purpose of the bursary is to provide financial support to graduate students in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
Each year the available annual income will be used to offer one bursary to a graduate student who:
- is enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in a Master’s or Doctoral program in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba
- has health economics as a main research focus
- has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0.
- has demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form.
The application is usually available by mid to late August each year. The closing date to apply is October 1 each year.
Manitoba Training Program for Health Services Research
The Manitoba Training Program for Health Services Research (MTP) is an applied training program for students engaged in health services research. MTP students receive $17,850 per year for Master's students and $22,500 for PhD students, paid on university payroll in bi-weekly installments.
Further details are available here.
Population Health Leadership
This award was established to recognize excellence in medical students’ leadership and promotion of public and population health. The $300 prize will be awarded to the graduating student who has demonstrated contribution and leadership during their medical school training in the areas of public and population health promotion through any of the following: course work, service learning, interprofessional activities, student leadership, volunteer activities and/or extracurricular activities.
Applicants may be nominated or may self-nominate by submitting a short letter (750 word maximum). In the letter, the applicant should describe their contribution(s) to public or population health promotion and engagement in collaboration (e.g., community organizations, allied health professionals or other groups) and how these contributions and collaborations have shaped or influenced the applicant’s approach to medicine.
Submissions are usually received in March/April. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Faculty of Graduate Studies awards
The following awards are also available through the Faculty of Graduate Studies:
Community Health Sciences draws from disciplines across the faculty, resulting in a team of researchers with great depth and experience. Explore the links below to learn more about each of these exemplary clinicians and scientists.
Research programs and units
Research programs and units within the department of Community Health Sciences focus on particular areas of research and service. Some of our faculty members work within these areas, while others work within the department at large.
Childhood Adversity and Resilience (CARe) research team
The CARe research team is led by Dr. Tracie Afifi, associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, and includes team members at the masters, phd and post-doctoral levels.
The CARe research team uses quantitative statistical approaches to study the relationships between child maltreatment (physical punishment, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, emotional neglect, physical neglect and exposure to intimate partner violence, bullying and mental and physical health outcomes across the lifespan.
More about the CARe team
The overall goal of the CARe research team is to prevent childhood maltreatment and thereby change a child’s trajectory, improve health and strengthen families. To reach this goal, the CARe research team works towards four objectives:
- To understand the size and scope of child maltreatment using nationally-representative data
- To identify protective factors associated with decreased likelihood of child maltreatment and bullying
- To develop new evidence-based intervention strategies or modify existing programs
- To evaluate new or modified intervention strategies and programs to determine effectiveness in preventing child maltreatment and bullying and associated mental and physical health impairment.
The CARe research team is affiliated with the Manitoba Population Mental Health Research Group.
Qualitative Research Group
The Qualitative Research Group (QRG) connects qualitative research findings to real world outcomes locally and internationally, working toward positive change in the community and a better understanding of the world around us.
The group began in the spring of 2008 and now has over 200 participants from the University of Manitoba working in health sciences, psychology social work, sociology, anthropology, and a number of other disciplines. Researchers from across Canada and around the world also contribute to QRG content and participate in QRG events.
Community and partners
Community outreach is a top priority for our department. We provide exemplary service models to individuals, communities, institutions and governments to the fullest extent, leading the way in community medicine.
Community Health Information and Research Partnerships (CHIRP)
CHIRP is a student-driven initiative that aims to support Winnipeg's community-based organizations (CBOs) with their research and evaluation needs by connecting them to passionate students, faculty and other helpful resources at the University of Manitoba.
CHIRP projects not only provide learning and networking opportunities for students, but allow them to utilize their academic and classroom skills towards addressing barriers to health equity in Winnipeg.
Biomedical Youth Program
The Biomedical Youth Program summer camp is offered free of charge to students in Grades 5-12 who are interested in science. Each year, youth from the inner city, northern communities and across Winnipeg get the the chance to fill in teeth, swab cheek cells, test blood pressure and try out test out all kinds of research and health-related procedures.
Faculty and staff
Bold Ideas takes place September through April on Fridays from noon – 1:00 p.m., with May reserved for a student forum.
Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada