In 1997 UBC Centre for Disease Control (UBC CDC) was created in part by the Ministry of Health as centre of excellence in the area of public health communicable disease control. The main goal was to embed an academic mission within the public health service role of the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and provide a comprehensive approach to public health in British Columbia.
Our mandate is:
- to advance health research
- public health policy
by linking the academic and research expertise of UBC with the expertise and experience of public health professionals at the BCCDC.BCCDC, the provincial public health centre responsible for protecting and enhancing the health of all British Columbians, is the keystone connecting British Columbia’s population health objectives to Canada and the world. BCCDC is a unique population and public health institution in Canada and is an agency under the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).
UBC CDC is the academic arm of BCCDC; conducting and coordinating
- policy development
in support of provincial, national and international programs for infectious disease control and prevention. UBC CDC provides provincial and national leadership in public health through a global standard of excellence in the management and prevention of greater than 40 infectious diseases. It is the provincial centre of excellence in research on the
of infectious diseases, effectively linking academia, governments, health organizations and the public in understanding communicable diseases; UBC CDC is making a significant difference.
Collaboration and interdisciplinary work encompass the operational foundation of the UBC CDC and as such, extensive relationships have been fostered with related faculties, departments and groups within UBC. The relationship between the University of British Columbia, the UBC Faculty of Medicine and the UBC CDC has been inextricably linked and supported through research, policy, administration and education.
The host institutions, BCCDC and the University of British Columbia, have provided the UBC CDC with a state-of-the-art research environment, and contributed nationally and internationally recognized health professionals and researchers. Moreover, the unique partnership UBC CDC has with both the BCCDC and the University of BC has
- facilitated recruitment
- provided academic career paths
- created excellent student placements and learning environments
- supported research with informatics, statistical analysis, and communication resources
UBC CDC Faculty research projects have been, and are currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), British Columbia Lung Association, National Institute of Health (NIH), British Columbia Medical Services Foundation (BCMSF), Genome British Columbia, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Pan Provincial Vaccine Enterprise Inc., Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), British Columbia Ministry of Health and BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).