Health Change Lab

What is Health Change Lab?

Change Lab programs have been running at SFU since 2011. In less than four months, Health Change Lab students work in interdisciplinary teams to develop a project that addresses a pertinent social, environmental, or economic challenge concerning community health in the city of Surrey.

APPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH CHANGE LAB FALL 2018 ARE NOW CLOSED.

Schedule and LOgistics

The Nitty Gritty

STUDIO DAYS
Tuesdays 11:30am – 5:20pm at SFU Surrey.

PROJECT COACHING
Thursdays 2:30pm – 5:20pm at the RADIUS Social Innovation Lab (200-308 West Hastings Street, Vancouver).

RETREAT
There is a day-long offsite retreat on September 11, expenses covered.

More Information

What will you learn and do?

In Health Change Lab, participants work in interdisciplinary teams to investigate a community health-related challenge. Then, they develop and test an innovative, venture-based response. Teams will present to partner panels for feedback mid term and be given the opportunity to connect with community and City partners and leaders to help build their ideas with the possibility of seeing them proceed in the real world.

Sessions are a mix of hands on workshops, coaching by instructors and experts, limited content lectures, guest speakers, and open work time in your teams to advance your ideas.

Ideal Change Lab students come in with keen curiosity and a willingness to explore and deepen their own leadership skills. Individual reflection and journaling are part of the course. Participants will be challenged to both give and receive feedback from peers and instructors. Openness, vulnerability, and the ability to listen deeply are highly valued.

Commensurate with 10 credits, you should expect this to be an intensive experience. Many students have described the course as the most transformative of their undergraduate degree – but you have to be interested in and committed to:

  • developing and testing real ideas,
  • getting out of the classroom and talking to people, and
  • taking responsibility for the direction of your learning during the term.

There isn’t a lot of mandatory reading or information to memorize – you work with us to figure out what you need to learn to effectively advance your project.

Some of the topics you will learn about are social entrepreneurship, systems thinking, public health and community health issues pertinent to Surrey, determinants of health, business model development, personal development, effective teams, and more.

The specific credits that you are awarded are:

  • BUS 453 (Sustainable Innovations) – 3 credits
  • BUS 494 (Design for Innovation) – 3 credits
  • HCSI 495 (Applied Health Sciences Project) – 4 credits

This course is co-taught by experienced instructors Shawn Smith (BUS), Tamara Connell (BUS), and Paola Ardiles (HSCI). Mentors, speakers, and project partners are sourced through our extensive networks.

Pre-requisites

The Cohort

You do not need any past business or health experience to thrive in this course! Expect your changemaking peers to bring a variety of perspectives from departments and faculties across the university, a breadth of experience from their own lives, and a shared passion for social and environmental issues.

While we value experience in social change, leadership and project creation of all sorts, we also encourage anyone excited about the description here to consider applying.

Pre-requisites (may be waived at discretion of instructors in extenuating circumstances):

  • 60 credits
  • 2.67 GPA
  • Some relevant work or volunteer experience

past cohorts

Meet our most recent cohorts! ​​

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

Generously supporting the program

Change Lab is generously supported by Scott Shaw, Scotiabank and Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship and it is co-delivered with innovative allies at SFU such as the Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Environment, CityStudio, and Semester in Dialogue.

APPLICATION

How to apply to Health Change Lab 2018

If the above description motivates you to apply, please email change-lab@sfu.ca with the following three documents in one PDF file (if possible):

  • A 500-word letter of motivation describing your interest in this program;
  • An unofficial copy of your transcripts; and
  • A copy of your resume/CV to outline your relevant work and volunteer experience.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR FALL 2018 HEALTH CHANGE LAB.