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What to Expect in IDHS Courses

IDHS 1000: Introduction to Health, Health Promotion, and Health Professions

What to expect:

  • Discover new ways to understand your health, the health of others, and health from around the world.
  • Reflect on the importance of the history of health and how future discoveries are shaped by our past and present.
  • Realize the influence that our larger physical and social environments have on our biological, psychological, and behavioural health outcomes.
  • Examine topics such as gender, income, and other important determinants of health for people and populations.
  • Learn to appreciate the importance of inter-disciplinary and inter-professional thinking in health and health care.
  • Develop a keen interest and strong abilities in thinking and writing critically about health-related topics.
  • Become an advocate for the health of people in Canada and beyond!

IDHS 2201 - Intro to Aboriginal Peoples' Health and Healing

What to expect

  • Well-established and recognized Aboriginal health researcher and professor Debbie Martin will guide you through complex and socially-relevant topics.
  • Gain an understanding from various Indigenous perspectives, including Two-Eyed Seeing (a Mi’kmaq approach to understanding science).
  • Leading-edge materials including a new, acclaimed, and highly-praised textbook – Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada Beyond the Social, Greenwood, M., deLeeuw, S., Lindsay, N.M., Reading, C. (2015).
  • An opportunity to learn more and connect with a local Aboriginal community in your city/town/neighbourhood through learning assignments.
  • The ability to contribute actively to class discussions through small online discussion boards.
  • Online guest lectures, podcasts, etc. from leading scholars in Aboriginal health.
  • Your current perspective on Aboriginal health will be vastly shifted between the start and end of the course.

What students say about IDHS 2201, Aboriginal Peoples’ Health & Healing:
“Every time I leave this class I feel like my mind is blown. It has inspired me to continue future research and inquiry into Aboriginal Peoples health issues.” - Jonnie-Lyn Baron

“It is not only the amount of information being presented that excites me, but the depth of knowledge that Dr. Martin brings to this course. Her overall presentation leaves me highly debating a professional pursuit in this field."  - Ron Haigh

I identify as a status first nations individual. For this reason I signed up for the mini course last year on Aboriginal pain. It was at this event that I realized I needed to know more about this subject if I ever want to open up a clinic on a reserve. That has been my ultimate goal since I was 15 years old. I have been looking for ways to compliment my degree with aboriginal health courses, but this course was the first of its kind that I could find. I signed up right away.” -          Elise Bilodeau

“My biggest learning [from IDHS 2201] is understanding the ongoing history of colonization and how that continues to happen and ways in which Indigenous communities can be better respected in all of their rights, including access to health care.” - Zoe Bordeleau-Cass

“Something I liked most about the Aboriginal Peoples’ Health & Healing class was that it was not taught in a traditional manner. Prof. Martin incorporated contemporary teaching approaches that aimed at ensuring that we actually knew the class material, and not merely able to recite facts or information. The biggest take-away was the act of culturally appropriate care and health delivery.” - James Whittier

“As a student interested in community and mental health, I thought it was important to have at least a basic understanding of the practices and preferences of indigenous people in this country. Dr. Martin is a fantastic professor who is passionate and left a deep impression on me.” -                 Evan MacKay


IDHS 3000 – Contemporary Issues in Food Studies

What to expect:

  • Insight into the corporate practices of the top 10 food companies (“Big Food”) that control the world’s food
  • Hands on exercises demonstrating the powerful influence of food marketing and corporate sponsorships
  • Opportunities to connect with local-to-you food producers
  • Heated discussions on current issues of food security, genetically modified (GM) foods and more
  • Bring in your own connections to food practices, e.g. culture, traditions, and how these are connected to health
  • Use of online learning tools such as videos to watch, TED talks, and video and podcast creation opportunities
  • The way you see grocery shelves and many other consumer products will vastly change after taking this course, forcing you to question your purchases

IDHS 3100 – Contemporary Issues in Rural Health

What to expect:

  • Reflect on where you grew up and where you currently live, and how both contribute to how healthy you can be
  • Consider the serious health implications of rural living: what are the benefits and barriers?
  • Participate in practice policy development that focuses on the health of members of rural communities
  • Exercise your creativity by building your own ideal rural community – what would it look like?
  • Use current technology to connect with people who live rurally. Find out firsthand about current health challenges and explore how we can use systems thinking to address these challenges.