The science behind the social determinants of health – UM Today

New community health sciences head plots future

March 10, 2020 —

Dr. Sharon Bruce, new head of community health sciences (CHS) in the Max Rady College of Medicine, is taking the lead of a growing and changing department situated within an evolving discipline.

Since its last strategic planning session 10 years ago, CHS has changed in numbers and structure, adding 20 new full-time faculty members. The department is bringing in four new Canada Research Chairs this year. The J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit has become Ongomiizwin – Health Services in the Rady Faculty level Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, which shares many faculty members with CHS. The Manitoba Centre of Health Policy has expanded in scope and the Centre for Global Public Health is also growing.

Other changes include the merger with the department of family social sciences, which brought CHS expertise in teaching and research related to the family, and an undergraduate program based out of Fort Garry campus.

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