Orientation

Welcome to the School of Public Health.


As a student admitted to one of our programs in September 2016, you are expected to participate in and attend orientation.
This orientation will provide you with vital information as you prepare to start your graduate program in our faculty.


Goal

Students experience a smooth transition to graduate studies and acquire, or become aware of, the knowledge, skills, attitudes and supports that will help them succeed.

Principles

  • Orientation is multi-faceted, extending both before and following the formal orientation days.
  • Orientation is to meet the needs of all students, in all degrees and specializations (MPH, MSc and PhD), in both campus and distance learning formats.
  • Activities will provide opportunities for interaction and multi-directional sharing of information, rather than one-way conveyance of information.
  • All activities, events and presentations will be designed to reflect the diversity of the School (e.g. students, faculty, programs, disciplines, areas of expertise).
  • The objectives of the orientation will guide the timing, time allotment and structure of both formal orientation and associated orientation activities.
  • Orientation activities will actively promote appropriate participation of faculty, staff and returning students.

Phases

  • Phase 1: SPH 101 (online orientation) - eClass portal log in page
  • Phase 2: Program Planning Consultation (June to July, depending upon the program)
  • Phase 3: On-campus Orientation (August 30, 31 and September 1)


Objectives and learning outcomes

Objective 1: Enable students to prepare for success in their academic program.

Outcome 1.1: Understand the expectations of his / her program.

Outcome 1.2: Understand essential public health values and concepts.

Outcome 1.3: Understand essential concepts in his / her specialization.

Outcome 1.4: Use e-learning software and skills as appropriate for their situation.

Outcome 1.5: Participate confidently in planning the academic program with his / her supervisor.

Objective 2: Enable students to prepare for success in graduate studies in the School of Public Health and at University of Alberta

Outcome 2.1: Understand expectations for graduate-level programs in order to adapt and prepare.

Outcome 2.2: Understand and / or access resources and supports available at the School.

Outcome 2.3: Understand and / or access resources and supports available through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Outcome 2.4: Understand and / or access resources and supports available at the university.

Outcome 2.5: Understand and / or access information on awards and incentives.

Objective 3: Enable students to become actively engaged as members of the School of Public Health community.

Outcome 3.1: Begin to build respectful, trusting, supportive relationships with students as appropriate.

Outcome 3.2: Begin to build respectful, trusting, supportive relationships with faculty and staff as appropriate.

Outcome 3.3: Understand and appreciate the values and organizational culture of the School.

Outcome 3.4: Understand key sources of information, ways to connect.

Outcome 3.5: Learn about, and connect with the School of Public Health Students’ Association and the School of Public Health Alumni Chapter.

Outcome 3.6: Aware of research being done in the School as appropriate for their situation.

Outcome 3.7: Learn about life in Edmonton as appropriate.