Health and Wellness

UBC’s Okanagan campus has several units which focus strongly on Health and Wellness: the Health Studies program, the School of NursingSouthern Medical ProgramHuman Kinetics, the School of Social Work, the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, and the Centre for Healthy Living and Disease Prevention. Click to find an overview of Health and Wellness at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Learn more about areas of Research and Scholarship within the Faculty of Health and Social Development at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

The Southern Medical Program

The UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Southern Medical Program (SMP) in BC’s Interior will be another significant step toward improving the health of the population by directly addressing both the shortage as well as the uneven distribution of physicians in the Province. The Southern Medical Program will become the fourth site in UBC’s MD undergraduate program, with 32 students starting in 2011. Admission to the SMP program will be processed centrally by the UBC Faculty of Medicine Admissions office, as is the case with the other programs. Students will share the same curriculum and meet the same academic standards as their peers in Victoria, Prince George, and Vancouver. Graduates from the program will receive a UBC degree. Two new buildings funded by the BC Government will provide the SMP with high-tech classrooms and lecture theatres, research and teaching laboratories, and administration and faculty offices. The Health Sciences Centre, a $28 million, 4,266-square-metre building will be located on the Okanagan campus, and a two-storey, 3,200-square-metre building at Kelowna General Hospital will serve as a Clinical Academic Campus. In addition to Kelowna General Hospital, students will have first-rate clinical training opportunities throughout the province, and in the Interior region. Affiliated Regional Centres include the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Penticton Regional Hospital. (