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We have many fantastic researchers in the Health Promotion program who work with students at the undergraduate level through independent studies or honours-level work. The honours program is research-based with two levels of research methods courses.

Since our program currently includes 2 streams—Community Health Promotion and Research and Policy—students are able to tailor some of their requirements if they want to be more involved in research. Because we have a research-based master’s program in Health Promotion, we ensure our undergraduates are prepared for this level of study and research should they choose to further their studies.

Our faculty members are often able to have students involved in research when they receive funding through their grants.

Our professors have expertise in various disciplines, such as health education/promotion, sociology, psychology, leisure, occupational therapy, and social work. They have direct connections and research partnerships with such organizations as:

Some examples of our faculty research expertise are:

  • HIV/AIDs
  • Aboriginal health
  • Sexuality and reproductive health
  • Resilience and change in rural & coastal communities
  • Personal and social relationships
  • Program evaluation
  • Health policy
  • Appraisal and coping
  • Spirituality and health
  • School health curriculum development
  • Community health promotion/education strategies

Health Promotion research in the news

Reaching youth
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Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan wants to reduce the number of young people contracting HIV and Hepatitis C. She recently received funding from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation for a three-year study into improving prevention policy for youth populations across Atlantic Canada.

Aboriginal health
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Dr. Debbie Martin wants to improve the specific health care needs of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. She and her colleagues in the Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program received funding to help undergraduate and graduate students pursue careers in Aboriginal health research.