Faculty of Health and Human Services

The Faculty of Health and Human Services offers a wide range of programs, including: certificates in Health Care Assistant, Education Assistant and Community Support, and Dental Assistant; diplomas in Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood Education and Care, Social Services, Dental Hygiene, and Disability Studies; and three degree programs: bachelor of science in Nursing, bachelor of arts in Child and Youth Care, and bachelor of Social Work. A graduate diploma in Gerontology and Active Aging has recently been approved. Plans for delivery are underway in partnership with VIU’s International Education. In addition, there are a number of short or part-time certificates within the Faculty’s Professional Development and Training unit. The Faculty is responsible for programs at all three Campuses (Nanaimo, Cowichan, and Powell River) and is responsible for the Centre for Healthy Aging at the Parksville/Oceanside Centre. The Centre for Outreach and Community Care, operated by the Child and Youth Care Department, provides inter-professional student experiences while developing and delivering prevention programs to young people and families in the local community. In collaboration with our Vancouver Island Health partners, state of the art Nursing Simulation Suites are available to prepare health care graduates for the rigors of practice and provide for best practice in Interprofessional work.

The Faculty employs over 100 faculty and staff, and has a reputation for quality undergraduate education and research. In addition, the Faculty holds the British Columbia Regional Innovative Chair in Aboriginal Early Childhood Development, as well as a number of educational partnerships specific to the needs of Aboriginal communities. Indigenous perspectives are embedded in all programs.

Mission of the Faculty

In Health and Human Services at VIU we foster and value student success. We strive to:

  • Develop and maintain relevant, responsive, and stimulating teaching/learning opportunities that are community-based, globally and locally, and;
  • Offer teaching/learning opportunities in a visionary, inter-professional environment that is conducive to building capabilities and promoting health and wellness for all.

Beliefs of the Faculty

We believe that learning is a lifelong endeavour, and we can work together with individuals and communities to co-create a positive, relational environment that promotes a sense of belonging, personal and collaborative participation, a sense of community, and enhanced well-being.

Goals of the Faculty

In Health and Human Services the goals are to:

  • Support leading edge teaching and research in health and human services thinking and practice by students and faculty who bring real world experience, knowledge and workplace context;
  • Build highly qualified health and human service talent in order to foster innovation and progress for health and human services and government in British Columbia, Canada and worldwide; and
  • Increase access to high quality undergraduate and graduate education for a broad group of learners ranging from those entering the post-secondary environment for the first time to those health and human services professionals and their allied counterparts who are already working.

Desired Student Outcomes

Throughout HHS programs, students will:

  • Expand competencies in HHS learning, research and practice;
  • Effectively conduct and evaluate applied HHS research;
  • Develop scholarship and applied skill in HHS practice;
  • Communicate learning and research findings and outcomes;
  • Create solutions to HHS issues that will increase best practices in the field;
  • Meet professional and educational standards and ethical requirements;
  • Enhance professional responsibility and credibility; and
  • Derive intrinsic satisfaction from higher level learning.

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