Prestigious CIHR–IPPH, PHAC award to UBC MPH/DPH student

Graduate student Donna Lee won the highly regarded Dr. James Rossiter Masters of Public Health Practicum Award.

Donna Lee

Donna Lee

Lee, a dental hygienist, is undertaking UBC’s combined graduate program: the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the School of Population & Public Health combined with a diploma in Dental Public Health (DPH) from the Faculty of Dentistry.

The award is sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Its purpose is to strengthen public health capacity in Canada by financially supporting the current and future generation of public health policy makers and practitioners. Lee won the award for her MPH/DHP practicum project. She is the only recipient this year from UBC.

Her project bridges both public health and dental public health research to support the development, implementation and evaluation of a new curriculum in Indigenous cultural competency for the Dental Hygiene Degree Program (DHDP), and which may also be adapted for the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program, at UBC.