2014 Health Literacy for Children & Youth

Registration for 2014 is now closed. View the 2015 program.


Health education summer institute

Supporting, Planning & Educating for Health Literate Children and Youth

Course 2 | EDCP 327 96A | Special topics in Health Education (3.0 credits)

How can school districts, administrators and educators plan for quality student-centered health programming?  This question comes from the growing concerns across the nation of the health and well being of children and youth.

How do we teach our students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become health-literate? The course examines this question by first examining, health literacy along with past, current, and predicted issues that Canada faces for the health and wellbeing of children and youth.

In this course, we also examine the dimensions of health and the need for children and youth wellness programming in schools. We explore the role of, stakeholders (government officials, community organizations, school districts, principals, etc.), in promoting and supporting health literacy. We particularly look at the role of educators and how they can plan for and support health literacy in their schools and classrooms.

Through an inquiry approach to teaching and learning we construct knowledge through active involvement to develop deep understandings, critical consciousness, problem-solving faculties. We critically investigate case studies to uncover how educators can support children and youth in becoming health literate. We also examine subject specific, cross-curricular and extra-curricular programming and design practical projects and approaches for implementation.

Health issues for exploration: Bullying, Self-Esteem, Behavior, Puberty, Relationships, Communication, Social & Life skills, Physical Literacy, Nutrition, Mental Health & Substance Abuse.

This course focuses on the current BC Secondary curriculum and topics covered are related to: Foods, Family Studies, Planning 10 & Active Health 8-10.


Health Education in Secondary Schools

Course 1 | EDCP 326 96A | Health Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy (3.0 credits)

Please note that EDCP 326 96A has been cancelled.

Erin McGinley

Erin is currently an Adjunct Teaching Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC.

She earned her masters degree in the Department of Educational Studies at UBC in Leadership and Administration. Erin is seconded from the Burnaby School District where she worked as a Physical Educator & Athletic Director.

Erin’s passions lie in promoting and planning for health and physical education for all children and youth, as well as developing collaborative practices amongst educators.

UBC Vancouver

July 2–18, 2014
Monday–Friday

EDCP 327 | Special Topics in Health Education

Instructor: Erin McGinley
Forest Sciences Centre | Room 1613 | Map
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.


EDCP 326 | Health Education: Curriculum & Pedagogy

Please note that EDCP 326 96A has been cancelled.

Registration & Fees

The fees for the program will depend on your admission category.

UBC Student Registration

To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus);
please see "Admission to UBC" below. Once admitted, students may register in either of the options listed below.

Current UBC students register for undergraduate credit courses through the Student Service Centre.


EDCP 326 96A | Health Education: Curriculum & Pedagogy
Please note that EDCP 326 96A has been cancelled.

For current UBC tuition, visit UBC Tuition Fees for the Education per credit tuition fees.

UBC Students

For current tuition information please refer to the UBC Calendar.

Visiting Graduate Students

Visiting graduate students who wish to take credit courses must register for those courses and will be assessed tuition fees at the prevailing graduate per credit rate, plus authorized student fees.

Tuition fees are subject to review by The University of British Columbia. The Western Deans Agreement does not apply to this course.

Tuition Fee Certificates

Current UBC students may use Tuition Fee Certificates toward tuition or non-credit fees. The certificates do not cover the cost of course materials, texts, or other fees. Contact Professional Development & Community Engagement for more information: 604.822.2013 | pdce.educ@ubc.ca

Student Assessed Fees

Certain additional fees apply to students who take courses on campus.

In the case of the U-Pass and AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan, students who meet certain requirements may opt out of paying the fees during the first two weeks of the term.

To see whether you qualify for the U-Pass fee exemption, read the U-Pass FAQ information.

If you think you qualify for an exemption, using your CWL ID and password logon to the student service centre and click on the Financial Summary tab to navigate to the U-Pass fee exemption page.

Students registered in on-campus courses in the Summer Session are not assessed Health/Dental Plan fees.

You can also find out whether the AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan fee applies to you by visiting the Student Service Centre. If you already have medical/dental coverage (other than BC MSP), you may be able to apply for an exemption if you meet certain requirements and follow the necessary procedures.

Admission to UBC

To register in the course, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus).

Undergraduate Students

All non-UBC students wishing to register in the courses must be first be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education. Information on admission/readmission is available on the Teacher Education Office website.

Visiting Graduate Students

To be eligible for admission as a visiting student to UBC, students must be currently registered in a graduate program with good standing at the home university.

For assistance with the online admission procedures, contact the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Graduate Secretary: Basia Zurek.

Admission Categories

  • Unclassified Students
    If you wish to enroll in studies not intended to lead to a particular degree or diploma (such as a single course, a summer institute, or a 15-credit certificate program), you can apply as an Unclassified Student. Students with degrees who wish to register in education courses are admitted to the Faculty of Education as Unclassified, 5th year students, and typically already have a recognized degree.
  • Diploma Students
    If you wish to complete a 30-credit UBC-conferred post-degree diploma, apply for admission in this category, and be sure to indicate the specific Diploma program you are applying to.
  • UBC-Okanagan Students (Cross-Campus Registration)
    • All UBC-O students must contact pro-d.educ@ubc.ca or 604.822.3999 for assistance in registering for UBC-Vancouver Faculty of Education courses.
    • Cross campus registration is intended for UBC Okanagan undergraduate students interested in taking some courses at the Vancouver campus. To be considered for registration at the Vancouver campus, Okanagan undergraduate students must meet certain criteria. Further information is provided on the Okanagan Campus Students website.
    • UBC Vancouver Faculty of Education students who are interested in taking courses at the Okanagan campus should contact the program advisor for approval: Bette Shippam, Teacher Education Office.


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