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Academic Units

The units participating in the Bridge Program span the health, engineering, and policy realms. Students who wish to become Bridge fellows must also apply to a graduate program in one of these academic units.

Academic Units  

Engineering Departments


  1. Chemical and Biological
  2. Civil
  3. Mechanical
  4. Mining

Departments offer MASc and PhD research degrees. Faculty members in these departments conduct a vast array of research related to the health of populations, such as industrial and municipal pollution control, waste management, water quality and treatment technology, sewage treatment, road safety, environmental impacts of transportation, air pollution, acoustics, vibrations, design of combustion engines and their alternatives, ventilation, mine safety, incinerator technology, and structural safety.

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Houses the Resource Management Environmental Studies MA, MSc, and PhD programs, which addresses environmental assessment, policy analysis, water resource management, energy use, risk perception and assessment, governance, science and policy, and community development. It includes the Sustainable Development Research Initiative, Westwater Research Unit, and the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaption Research Network.

School of Community and Urban Planning

Houses MA, MSc and PhD programs in six areas of concentration: community development and social planning, comparative development planning, disaster and risk management planning, ecological and natural resources planning, urban design and transporation planning, urban development planning.

School of Population and Public Health

Houses MSc and PhD programs that train researchers in occupational and environmental hygiene, to conduct clinical trials and population-based epidemiological studies on disease and injury etiology and evaluation of prevention measures. It also houses several non-thesis programs including the Master of Health Sciences, Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene and the Community Medicine Residency Program.

BC Centre for Disease Control

A joint venture of BC's provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the University. Its role is the understanding, management and prevention of infectious diseases of public health significance. Students may pursue graduate degrees with Centre faculty who are Bridge mentors, through the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine or the School of Population and Public Health.

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