Open Elective Courses

In consultation with their supervisor and with the approval of the dissertation advisory committee, students must select an additional three credit unit elective course from either the restricted electives or the list below:
  • AGRC 832.3 - Rural Development
  • AGMD 800.3 - Public Health in the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem
  • AGMD 802.3 - Rural Health Systems
  • CHEP 802.3 - Community and Population Health Research Methods
  • CHEP 811.3 - Professional Research Skills in Community and Population Health
  • CHEP 812.3 - Advanced Research Seminar in Population Health
  • CHEP 813.3 - Critical Perspectives in Interdisciplinary Population Health Research
  • GEOG 801.3 - Spatial Analysis I
  • GEOG 802.3 - Spatial Analysis II
  • NURS 814.3 - Aboriginal Health Issues
  • NURS 816.3 - Community Within the Context of Diversity and Vulnerability
  • NURS 893.3 - Qualitative Research Methods
  • NURS 896.3 - Nursing Research: Advanced Qualitative Research Method
  • PUBH 803.3 - Health Promotion
  • PUBH 804.3 - Foundations of Public Health
  • PUBH 807.3 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation
  • PUBH 864.3 - Health Care Law and Ethics
  • PUBH 867.3 - Health Policy and Politics
  • SOC 802.3 - Advanced Seminar in the Sociology of Agriculture
  • SOC 826.3 - Advanced Seminar in Social Policy
  • VACC 801.3 - A Multidisciplinary Approach to Vaccinology and Immunotherapeutics
  • VTMC 830.3 - Recent Advances in Microbiology
  • VTPA 873.3 - Wildlife Diseases


AGRC 832.3 - Rural Development -

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AGMD 800.3 - Public Health in the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem - Provides the foundation knowledge for issues related to rural health, public health and agricultural rural ecosystems. This PHARE course provides an overview of the major health issues, general health, and health service delivery issues facing persons in rural and remote areas of Canada. It provides an overview of the environmental health challenges for rural and agricultural populations in the areas of risk management, injury control, workplace safety, food safety, and protection of the biosphere. Note: AGMED 800 provides the foundation for the Public Health and Agricultural Rural Ecosystem Training Program (PHARE), a graduate training program funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). As well, AGMD 800 is beneficial as an elective to students enrolled in such disciplines as Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture, Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Economics, Community Health and Epidemiology, Engineering and Health Policy.

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AGMD 802.3 - Rural Health Systems - Will provide a detailed look at issues surrounding rural and remote health, including demographics, health determinants, models of health care delivery, health policy, and health promotion strategies. Students will have the opportunity to review relevant literature on rural and remote health topics and to then discuss these topics with health care providers, administrators, educators and policy makers with a wide range of expertise and practical experience.

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CHEP 802.3 - Community and Population Health Research Methods - An introduction to the concepts and principles of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research within the field of community health. Provides an overview of all steps of the research process, with an emphasis on writing the thesis proposal.

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CHEP 811.3 - Professional Research Skills in Community and Population Health - The goal of the course is to equip graduate students with professional research skills in areas such as grant writing, communication, critical and creative thinking, team leadership and management, research collaborations, research application process, knowledge mobilization and translation. Restriction(s): Must be registered in CHEP graduate program or have permission of instructor.

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CHEP 812.3 - Advanced Research Seminar in Population Health -

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CHEP 813.3 - Critical Perspectives in Interdisciplinary Population Health Research - Will focus on a critical consideration of social determinants of health with a focus on the theoretical influences and methodological approaches that inform each. Conceptual and methodological strengths and challenges will be considered with a view to developing critical interpretive skills for the analysis of data sets and research reports and for the translation of findings to applied settings. Prerequisite(s): Must be registered in CHEP graduate program, Faculty of Social Work (University of Regina) graduate program, or have permission of instructor.

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GEOG 801.3 - Spatial Analysis I -

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GEOG 802.3 - Spatial Analysis II -

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NURS 814.3 - Aboriginal Health Issues - Examines issues and challenges related to the health of Aboriginal populations in Canada. Health and illness concepts will be embedded within historical, social, cultural, and political realities. The student will have the opportunity to critically examine and reflect on Aboriginal health issues and health care practices.

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NURS 816.3 - Community Within the Context of Diversity and Vulnerability - Involves intensive inquiry into selected topics on community within the context of diversity and vulnerability. Traditions of research, philosophical assumptions and epistemological stances for conducting research with these populations will be examined. Ethical and methodological issues related to community-based research will be explored in the context of contributions to culturally relevant knowledge.

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NURS 893.3 - Qualitative Research Methods - Provides opportunity for in-depth examination of the main traditions of qualitative research inquiry and methods. Included are: critical discussion of all elements of method and experience of writing a qualitative proposal with respect to nursing issues.

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NURS 896.3 - Nursing Research: Advanced Qualitative Research Method - Involves intensive inquiry into selected qualitative research approaches, their historical development, philosophical assumptions, and epistemological stances. Ethical and methodological issues related to qualitative designs will be explored in the context of contributions to clinically relevant nursing knowledge.

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PUBH 803.3 - Health Promotion - An introduction to theory, research, and practice in health promotion. Topics include: empowerment and community, health promotion strategies at the individual, group, community and policy levels.

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PUBH 804.3 - Foundations of Public Health - Provides an overview of the field of public health, including health care organization and community-based approaches to health promotion and disease prevention.

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PUBH 807.3 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation - Covers basic concepts and principles of the cycle of health program planning, which includes needs assessment, program development and implementation, process, impact, and outcome evaluation. Both qualitative and quantitative data collection will be addressed. Guest speakers, case studies, and assignments will link conceptual material with concrete applications.

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PUBH 864.3 - Health Care Law and Ethics - Provides a brief overview of the Canadian legal system and the legal framework for health care, including the regulation of health professions. It will discuss legal aspects of the relationship between patients and health care providers, such as negligence, informed consent, and confidentiality. Ethical issues that arise in health care will be explored in both a theoretical and practical context.

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PUBH 867.3 - Health Policy and Politics - To provide an opportunity for the graduate student in one of the health sciences or administrative programs to critically examine the process of health policy development, analysis and implementation and better understand what influences policy. Overall objectives include: 1. To understand and apply the major theoretical frameworks and paradigms of inquiry relevant to health policy analysis; 2. To practice using some of the tools employed by health policy analysts; 3. To explore how health policy is created and changed including the effects of evidence and politics; 4. To be able to discuss some of the enabling factors and barriers as well as strategies that influence the implementation of health policy.

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SOC 802.3 - Advanced Seminar in the Sociology of Agriculture - Theoretical and research approaches to the political and social economy of agriculture. Emphasis is given to contemporary works on agro-industrial reorganization, agro-food technology, sustainability, state intervention, international trade, aid, and agrarian reform.

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SOC 826.3 - Advanced Seminar in Social Policy - The formulation, development, management and impact of social policies. Includes analysis and evaluation of social policies in income security, social services, employment, housing and other areas concerned.

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VACC 801.3 - A Multidisciplinary Approach to Vaccinology and Immunotherapeutics - Provides an introduction to the scientific basis of vaccination, the pathobiology of infectious diseases, vaccine manufacturing, production and commercialization, as well as socio-ethical aspects of vaccines such as risk perception and public acceptance. Other topics will include legal issues such as intellectual property law, public health aspects of vaccines, national and international immunization programs and the use of vaccines in disease outbreaks. The course will be taught by recognized experts in the field with guest lectures given by experts from both industry and regulatory authorities.

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VTMC 830.3 - Recent Advances in Microbiology - A requisite for students in Veterinary Microbiology. Partly tutorial, consisting of assigned reviews of recent advances in selected areas of microbiology, including bacteriology, epidemiology, immunology, parasitology and virology. These discussions are student-driven and facilitated by individual faculty members with expertise in the areas of discussion. Training is also given in the writing of grant applications, such that a major part of the course comprises each student writing a full-scale, mock Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) application that addresses their proposed dissertation research.

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VTPA 873.3 - Wildlife Diseases - Deals with the ecology of infectious and non-infectious diseases of free-living mammals and birds. The etiology, epizootiology, pathogenesis and ecologic significance of the conditions are considered. Emphasizes diseases occurring in Western Canada.

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