Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

research impact

For the period 2015–19

№ relevant publications: 6,223

№ times cited: 233,663

Key Stats

1,908 graduates in health professions out of a total of 8,873 graduates in 2020 

366.32 academic staff in Medicine out of a total of 1,647.6 in 2019/20

Sample Courses


University Health Centre

The University Health Centre offers medical services to all staff, students and family members of students. The centre is welcoming to all and provides family physicians, sexual health services, transgender healthcare, mental health support, nutrition consultations, and more. Services are available online and in person.

Sexual Assault Centre

The U of A Sexual Assault Centre provides drop-in crisis intervention support to survivors of sexual violence and their supporters, as well as comprehensive educational workshops for the campus community. All services are free and are available to people of all genders, sexualities and backgrounds.

Heroes for Health

The Heroes for Health grant provides up to $5,000 to support staff, students and faculty who  contribute to a culture of wellness at the University of Alberta. Recipients have promoted social connections, provided mental health workshops, offered students healthy snacks and set up spaces for students to destress.

The Landing

The Landing is a Students’ Union service offering support for gender and sexual diversity. The service runs a drop-in space in the Students’ Union Building for community-building activities, one-on-one support, mentorship, referrals, access to a resource library, and advocacy for the safety and acceptance of LGBTQ2S+ individuals.

Mental Health Supports for Students and Staff

The University of Alberta provides students and staff access to mental health supports.

Mental Health Supports for Students include community supports, peer support programs and mental wellness programs. WellTrack is a free online self-help program available to all University of Alberta students who want to learn more about coping with stress, anxiety and depression.

Mental Health Supports for Staff include the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), which offers a wide range of professional mental health counselling and family mediation services.


The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement

The Steadward Centre actively supports inclusion and independence for children, youth and adults living with impairments through programming, knowledge-sharing, research, education and collaboration with local, national and international organizations. The centre serves more than 1,000 children and adults annually and trains more than 250 students. In 2016, the centre moved into a 17,000 ft2 dedicated facility that includes a multi-purpose fitness studio, children’s activity room and an assessment room.


Global Health Initiative

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry’s Global Health Office strengthens medical education and research in global health. The office has bilateral partnerships with institutions in Ghana, Uganda, Nepal, Ethiopia, Kenya, China and the Philippines. U of A students and residents are able to volunteer in middle and low-income countries, while faculty and physicians are invited to the U of A for research and knowledge dissemination.

The Coming Together Project 

A partnership between the UAlberta Faculty of Nursing and the University of Ghana School of Nursing, the Coming Together Project supports future nursing leaders with the knowledge and leadership skills needed to address significant maternal newborn child health issues in Ghana.

Notable Stories

🔗 U of A dentistry school partners with Métis Nation of Alberta to improve access to oral health care

A partnership with the Métis Nation of Alberta gives its 46,000 members access to affordable and high-quality pediatric, emergency, denture, and other dental services carried out under faculty supervision by U of A students who are training to become dentists and dental hygienists. Students learn about Métis culture while serving people who may have avoided the dentist due to cost, distance or fear.