Cutting-edge Research, Exceptional Setting

A collaborative, entrepreneurial spirit underpins UBC research in fields of critical importance locally and globally. The Okanagan campus is earning a reputation as an important, respected centre of research.

The Faculty of Health and Social Development is home to active programs of research and scholarship focused on some of the most challenging health and social issues facing Canadians. Faculty-led investigative teams have received national and international attention for their research on a range of topics and have attracted an impressive record of funding. Building on this foundation, we are committed to strengthening our research programs through the creation of Canada Research Chairs, the development of graduate programs, and supporting research collaborations with community partners. Our current research projects reflect the use of diverse research approaches, the opportunities for research within and across disciplines, and our commitment to excellence in research. As our faculty grows and our community partnerships expand, we will continue to build our research programs.

Bill Tymchuck Cancer Research Award Opportunity –  In memory of her husband Bill Tymchuk, Leida Tymchuk has established the Bill Tymchuk Cancer Research Award Endowment to support cancer prevention research at UBC’s Okanagan campus. (The award is open to all full time faculty members, post docs and registered students (graduate and undergraduate) in the Faculty of Health and Social Development) For more information: TYMCHUK-GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION 2018


Our Research

Emerging areas of research excellence in the Faculty of Health and Social Development reflect some of the world’s most insistent themes in health science. The faculty’s undergraduate and graduate programs provide unique opportunities to work with leading researchers.

Research Themes

  • Health Policy
  • Health Care for Seniors
  • Families and Life Threatening Illness
  • Mobility in Aging Populations
  • Indigenous Health, Aboriginal Nursing and Policy Change
  • Chronic Disease Prevention in Youth
  • Health, Ethics and Diversity
  • Immigrant Health
  • Child Welfare Policy and Practice
  • The Social-Psyche Theoretical Research Program
  • Investigating Adult Community Living
  • Seniors’ Health Issues
  • Intimate Violence