An important objective of the Bridge Program is to introduce its cross-disciplinary vision and research themes to as wide an audience as possible, both inside UBC and elsewhere.
To help meet this objective, Bridge PhD students in their second or subsequent years of study are offerred TAships to develop and test problem-based course modules for use in undergraduate engineering, health science, and policy-oriented programs. The Bridge fellows who are interested in participating in module development are encouraged to do so. Working on these modules contributes to the development of essential skills, including teamwork, leadership, teaching, and communication of research results.
The modules will be offered in a new undergraduate course "Bridging the Health Sciences, Engineering and Public Policy to Address Public Health Issues" at the University of British Columbia. The course will be cross-listed by the Faculty of Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine.
The modules are being developed so that they can also be used independently from each other and thus be offered in other settings, for example at other universities, or in continuing professional education courses for engineers, public health professionals, and policy makers.
The Bridge Program was awarded funding from UBC's Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (in 2004 and 2006), and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Office of the Vice-President Academic (in 2005) to develop these modules.
The following have been designed and tested by Bridge Fellows over the past several years.
|2008 Modules||Bridge Fellows||Mentors|
|Andrea Miskelly, Masters fellow, Civil Engineering and Carolina Silva, PhD fellow, Mining Engineering||
Mike Brauer, School of Environmental Health; Jack Bryden, BC Ministry of Environment; Claude Fortin, Environment Canada
|2005 Modules||Bridge Fellows||Mentors|
|Eric Mazzi and Conor Reynolds, both PhD fellows, Resource Management and Environmental Studies||
Hadi Dowlatabadi and Milind Kandlikar, Resource Management and Environmental Studies; Steve Rogak, Department of Mechanical Engineering
|Meghan Winters, Masters fellow, Health Care and Epidemiology and Liz Tilley, Masters fellow, Civil Engineering||
Kay Teschke, Health Care and Epidemiology; Tim McDaniels, School of Community and Regional Planning
|Glenys Webster, PhD fellow, School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene; Kelly Bush, Masters fellow, Civil Engineering||
Ray Copes, BC Centre for Disease Control
|2004 Modules||Bridge Fellows||Mentors|
|Silvana Costa, Jen Hinton, and Carol Odell, all PhD fellows in Mining Engineering||
Marcello Veiga, Malcolm Scoble, Mining Engineering
|Karen McCaig, Masters fellow, School of Environmental Health and Carolina Silva, PhD fellow, Mining Engineering||
Tim McDaniels, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; Mieke Koehoorn, Health Care and Epidemiology; Paul Demers, School of Environmental Health; Tim Larson, Visiting Professor, University of Washington
Trickle or squelch: Ensuring water quantity and quality
|Negar Elmieh, PhD fellow, Resource Management and Environmental Studies; Andrea Lam, Masters fellow, School of Environmental Health; Kelly Bush, Masters fellow, Civil Engineering||
Hadi Dowlatabadi, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; Ray Copes, BC Centre for Disease Control
|Eric Mazzi, PhD fellow, Resource Management and Environmental Studies and Elaina MacIntyre, PhD fellow, School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene||
Mike Brauer, School of Environmental Health; Hadi Dowlatabadi, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
UBC Undergraduate Programs Involved
A number of undergraduate programs at UBC are partners in the development of these modules. They participate in the testing and evaluation stages, and will use the final products.