Specialty Public Health

Role and Facility Information

University of Victoria has a student enrolment of over 20,000 and is a destination university for more than 75% of this population. University Health Service (UHS) is a unit within the department of Student Services and part of the larger Division of Student Affairs. UHS is responsible for the overall delivery of primary health care, focused specialized medicine, urgent care for the campus community, and the coordination of population health planning and healthy student campus initiatives.

UHS operates a primary health care clinic at the Petersen Health Centre, with the expertise of an interprofessional team of physicians, nurses, office and administrative staff, and other specialized and allied practitioners. Clinical services address a continuum of care, from acute episodic needs, to disease/injury prevention, proactive treatment, chronic illness care, and palliative care. Clinical services comprise examinations, diagnostics, treatment modalities, monitoring of conditions, specialist and allied practitioner referral, health screening, health promotion, patient education, counseling and advocacy. UHS participates in the management of complex student situations (e.g. mental health/students at risk), provides clinical leadership and support to the campus community (e.g. major public health crisis), facilitates contracting of specialized campus services (e.g. psychiatry and orthopedics), and is the primary campus liaison with Island Health.

UHS also focuses on population health matters relevant to the young adult, such as mental health, public health, sports medicine, sexual health, chronic illness, and health and wellness. By collaborating with campus partners such as Counseling Services, the Resource Centre for Students with Disability, Athletics and Recreation, and other pertinent services and academic programs, UHS facilitates and promotes healthy student campus initiatives. Both clinical and population health are aligned with contemporary student development theory and the annual student life cycle to educate students in good health practices, and thereby enhance academic achievement.

UHS is accountable for the prudent management of key University and regional health authority (Island Health) resources in achieving the triple aims of quality client care, enhanced campus/population health, and service excellence and sustainability. UHS fosters service and program innovation and leads a number of strategic relationships with both internal university and external community stakeholders in order to deliver on departmental, divisional and institutional planning initiatives and goals.

The University of Health Services Registered Nurses contribute to the professional delivery of primary health services by providing clinical nursing practice, assuming leadership and coordination responsibilities for a population health focus, supporting clinical aspects of health programs established for targeted student populations, and providing health education and outreach to the campus community. Registered Nurses also contribute to a collaborative team climate, and provide a positive learning environment for colleagues and student placements.

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