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We’ve curated a list of over 600 sustainability undergraduate and graduate courses so you don’t have to. Use our course finder tool to search and filter for the best sustainability learning opportunities at UBC.

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SPPH 408 Topics in Aboriginal Health: Community-based Learning Experience

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: School of Population & Public Health

In-depth cultural and interprofessional learning experience that enables students to live and study in BC First Nations communities while learning about health, wellness, and community strengths from a local perspective. Interprofessional Health and Human Service (IHHS) course. Credit will be granted for only one of SPPH 408 or IHHS 408.

SSC Course Schedule - SPPH 408 Topics in Aboriginal Health: Community-based Learning Experience

SPPH 522 Topics in Environmental Health

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: School of Population & Public Health

Role of air, water, food and solid waste as sources of human health risks; global environmental health issues; sustainability.

SSC Course Schedule - SPPH 522 Topics in Environmental Health

SPPH 523 Global Health and Human Security

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: School of Population & Public Health

Global threats to human health stemming from conflict, poverty, and environmental degradation.

SSC Course Schedule - SPPH 523 Global Health and Human Security

SPPH 525 Issues and Concepts in Public Health

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: School of Population & Public Health

History of public health research and practice; occupational and environmental health; health services and systems; social and lifecourse determinants of health; and population health and emerging trends.

SSC Course Schedule - SPPH 525 Issues and Concepts in Public Health

SPPH 527 Social Determinants of Health

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: School of Population & Public Health

Foundational thinking giving rise to the concept of population health. Overview of the current state of research.

SSC Course Schedule - SPPH 527 Social Determinants of Health

SPPH 528 Rural and Remote Health

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: School of Population & Public Health

Issues and solutions to delivery of health services to underserved rural populations.

SSC Course Schedule - SPPH 528 Rural and Remote Health

SPPH 530 Epidemiology of Occupational and Environmental Health

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: School of Population & Public Health

Design and analysis of etiologic research in occupational health.

SSC Course Schedule - SPPH 530 Epidemiology of Occupational and Environmental Health

SPPH 533 Toxicology and Public Health

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: School of Population & Public Health

Mechanism of action of commonly encountered occupational toxic agents; relevance of laboratory and epidemiological evidence.

SSC Course Schedule - SPPH 533 Toxicology and Public Health

SPPH 535 Principles of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: School of Population & Public Health

Scientific basis for the recognition, evaluation, and control of chemical, physical, and biological, exposures; standard setting; exposure monitoring methods.

SSC Course Schedule - SPPH 535 Principles of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

SPPH 536 Aboriginal People and Public Health: Ethics, Policy, and Practice

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: School of Population & Public Health

Experience of colonization; <i>Indian Act</i>; the histories and intergenerational impact of the residential school; child-welfare systems; communicable disease prevention; the challenge of ethical public health practice; and traditional healing.

SSC Course Schedule - SPPH 536 Aboriginal People and Public Health: Ethics, Policy, and Practice

SPPH 545 Community Health Promotion

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: School of Population & Public Health

Practice and community-based (participatory) research related to health promotion, including its historical and philosophical roots. Application of social and behavioural theories to participatory research and the planning, implementation, and evaluation of community health promotion initiatives.

SSC Course Schedule - SPPH 545 Community Health Promotion

SPPH 562 Chemical and Biological Hazard Measurement

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: School of Population & Public Health

Industrial hygiene and environmental exposure monitoring, methods, and instrumentation, and theory. Laboratories demonstrate workplace sampling and analysis techniques.

SSC Course Schedule - SPPH 562 Chemical and Biological Hazard Measurement

SURG 510 Surgical Care in International Health

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: Surgery

Online course. Foundation to international surgery. The discussion of the global burden of unmet surgical needs and a professional response in low and middle income regions of the world.

SSC Course Schedule - SURG 510 Surgical Care in International Health

SURG 512 Global Disability: A Surgical Care Mandate

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: Surgery

Online course. Relationship of surgery to preventing and treating disabling impairments in lower income countries. Focus will be on sensory impairments (blindness and deafness) and physical impairment.

SSC Course Schedule - SURG 512 Global Disability: A Surgical Care Mandate

SURG 514 Surgical Care in Humanitarian Disaster Response

Faculty: Medicine
Subject: Surgery

Online course. Examines response to humanitarian disasters. Includes case models of surgical care responses and strategies to move from relief to recovery.

SSC Course Schedule - SURG 514 Surgical Care in Humanitarian Disaster Response

UDES 501 Design Studio: Ecological Regional Design

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Urban Design

SSC Course Schedule - UDES 501 Design Studio: Ecological Regional Design

UDES 502 Design Studio: Sustainable Neighbourhood Design

UDES 503 Design Studio: The Urban Block Design

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Urban Design

SSC Course Schedule - UDES 503 Design Studio: The Urban Block Design

UDES 504 History and Theory of Urban Design

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Urban Design

SSC Course Schedule - UDES 504 History and Theory of Urban Design

UDES 505 Urban Design as Public Policy: Policymaking for a Sustainable Region

UFOR 100 Greening the City

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Urban Forestry

Roles played by urban forestry and greenspace systems in a rapidly changing world; topics include urban ecology, urban forest conservation, urban forest management, climate change, society and human well-being, design and planning, urban/rural interface issues, and urban forest policy.

SSC Course Schedule - UFOR 100 Greening the City

UFOR 200 Urban Forests and Well-Being

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Urban Forestry

Basic relationships between urban residents� mental and physical well-being and their urban forest environment.

SSC Course Schedule - UFOR 200 Urban Forests and Well-Being

UFOR 300 Arboriculture Principles and Practice

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Urban Forestry

Sustainable practice within the arboricultural discipline with emphasis on a comprehensive understanding of techniques and equipment used in a range of arboricultural operations.

SSC Course Schedule - UFOR 300 Arboriculture Principles and Practice

UFOR 400 Urban Forestry Field School

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Urban Forestry

Development of field skills, professional judgment, critical reflection, and integration of theory, practice, and policy. Offered at Malcolm Knapp Research Forest over a 7-day period in April.

See course listing.

SSC Course Schedule - UFOR 400 Urban Forestry Field School

UFOR 401 Integrated Urban Forestry Capstone Studio

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Urban Forestry

Integration of biophysical and socio-economic components of urban greenspace management and planning through within a collaborative holistic group project linked to a real-world urban forestry situation.

SSC Course Schedule - UFOR 401 Integrated Urban Forestry Capstone Studio

UFOR 402 Urban Forestry Administration, Policy and Law

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Urban Forestry

The administrative, legal, policy, and business environments for urban forestry governance, management, and planning.

SSC Course Schedule - UFOR 402 Urban Forestry Administration, Policy and Law

UFOR 403 Ecological Restoration

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Urban Forestry

Ecological principles relevant to restoration of ecosystems are applied to the restoration of several types of ecosystems.

SSC Course Schedule - UFOR 403 Ecological Restoration

URST 200 Cities

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Urban Studies

An interdisciplinary introduction to the city in the context of contemporary globalization. Analysis of urban patterns and processes from the theoretical perspectives of various disciplines and methodologies.

SSC Course Schedule - URST 200 Cities

URST 400 Seminar in Urban Studies

Faculty: Arts
Subject: Urban Studies

A seminar for senior students who wish to explore some common topics of importance to urban studies from the viewpoints of several disciplines.

SSC Course Schedule - URST 400 Seminar in Urban Studies

URSY 510 Urban Systems and Society

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Urban Systems

Urban systems in society and economy; spatial issues; equity and social justice. Governance, policy, regulation. Globalization and international development; implications for urban systems. Urban and regional economics; infrastructure financing. Urban systems and technology; tradeoffs; socio-economic-technical systems; emerging and green technologies.

SSC Course Schedule - URSY 510 Urban Systems and Society

URSY 550 Infrastructure Asset Management

Faculty: Applied Science
Subject: Urban Systems

General frameworks for infrastructure management, system-specific asset management (road conditions, pipe inspection), maintenance and renewal. Data, metrics, indicators and assessment: data sources, performance indicators, assessment, assessing condition and sustainability, multi-objective, multi-criteria decision making, performance prediction, lifecycle cost analysis (LCA), sustainability.

SSC Course Schedule - URSY 550 Infrastructure Asset Management

WOOD 120 Introduction to Wood Products and Global Trade

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Wood Products Processing

Introduction to forestry, wood products industry, processes, products, markets and global trade policy issues affecting the wood industry. Not available for credit to students in the B.S.F. degree.

SSC Course Schedule - WOOD 120 Introduction to Wood Products and Global Trade

WOOD 461 Globalization and Sustainability

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Wood Products Processing

Examination of globalization and its impact on sustainability, including social, economic, and environmental aspects.

SSC Course Schedule - WOOD 461 Globalization and Sustainability

WOOD 491 Environmental Facilities Design

Faculty: Forestry
Subject: Wood Products Processing

Introduction to pneumatic and hydraulic power, design and selection of waste recycling systems, boilers, energy generation and environmental legislation.

SSC Course Schedule - WOOD 491 Environmental Facilities Design

LFS 100 Introduction to Land, Food and Community

Faculty: Land and Food Systems
Subject: Land and Food Systems

Orientation to the programs, learning environment and core values of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems; career programs; survey of professional opportunities and requirements. See course listing.

SSC Course Schedule - LFS 100 Introduction to Land, Food and Community

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