Canadian Community of Practice in Ecohealth : Training and Awards Program for Research in International and Development Settings

IDRC's Ecosystem Approaches to Human Health (Ecohealth) program initiative has been gradually devolving its awards program to southern institutions under the umbrella of communities of practice in Ecohealth (COPEHs). Training awards programs are now offered by COPEHs in West and Central Africa (Université du Bénin), Latin America and the Caribbean (Instituto de Salud Pública de Mexico), and East and Southern Africa (University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa). Researchers in key academic institutions have identified a need to consolidate efforts to build excellence and develop capacity in Ecohealth research.

This grant will support the creation of a Canadian Community of Practice in Ecohealth (COPEH-Can) to promote and support Ecohealth research, education, policy and practice. COPEH-Can will be built progressively on a regional consortium of institutions that have demonstrated their interest in Ecohealth and have a strong record of collaborating with developing country scientists, mainly: the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), the University of Guelph and the University of British Columbia (UBC). Over the next three years (2008-2010), each university will establish a regional node (Quebec/Maritimes, Ontario and BC/Prairies/Territories, respectively), and design and accredit a short graduate-level course in Ecohealth for students and professionals interested in international and development applications.

The project will provide a pan-Canadian platform to deliver and manage up to five Canadian Ecohealth graduate awards per year. It will also facilitate knowledge exchange and partnerships with southern COPEH's.

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Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

End Date

Sunday, July 1, 2012


48 months

IDRC Officer

Sanchez-Bain, Walter Andres

Total funding

CA$ 998,788


Food, Environment, and Health


University of British Columbia

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