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Imagine you could change the future of health care, today

Imagine creating a centre of national, perhaps even international, excellence in health and social innovation at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. A powerful magnet for motivated students, highly qualified faculty and world-class researchers. A place that educates professionals in a new way of thinking built on teamwork and interprofessional collaboration. A place that creates bold solutions capable of effecting not just change, but transformation in our society. That is our vision. That is the Integrated Health Initiative.

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A vision for the future

Systemic health care reform in New Brunswick

There is no more challenging and important issue facing Canada today than the delivery of effective, efficient and sustainable health care.

At UNB, we’re coupling health education with social innovation and greater collaboration to support systemic health care reform. We call it integrated health.

The pillars of integrated health

  • Interdisciplinary education
  • Collaborative research
  • Technical and social innovation
  • Knowledge transfer and commercialization
  • State-of-the-art, purpose-built infrastructure


Educating the health professionals of tomorrow

New interdisciplinary degree programs

The core of UNB’s Integrated Health Initiative is a suite of new, interdisciplinary degree programs that draw upon our strengths in health sciences, social sciences and business education.

Our Bachelor of Health, unique in Eastern Canada, prepares students to excel as health care administrators and policymakers, future medical professionals and informed citizens. New programs are currently in development, including:

  • Extracurricular undergraduate certificate offering hands-on experience across a spectrum of health and care environments
  • MBA in Management in Health aimed at professionals
  • Master in Health degree focused on health, wellness and societal research

Support students in our integrated health programs

Driving change through research

Collaborative research clusters with national and global impact

Research shapes our curriculum, sparks innovation and inspires evidence-informed public policy, product development and new business ventures.

UNB will support transformative health care reform and social development through research that is:

  • Interdisciplinary and collaborative, involving both campuses of UNB, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Community College, and Horizon Health
  • Aimed at establishing Saint John as a national and international centre of excellence in health, wellness and social innovation
  • Clustered in five new research teams led by highly qualified research chairs, supported by faculty, practitioners, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows

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A building like no other

UNB Saint John’s Health and Social Innovation Centre

Overlooking the campus quad and the Kennebecasis River, this 65,000-square-foot, three-and-a-half-story structure will be located in close proximity to Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, New Brunswick Community College and the Saint John Regional Hospital.

Building highlights

  • State-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, as well as informal learning and study spaces, that are fully accessible
  • Elements that connect students and researchers to New Brunswick’s Indigenous landscape, honouring Indigenous ways of knowing and healing
  • Constructed to green building standards, aiming for LEED certification and a low carbon footprint
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A sustainable future for health care in New Brunswick

Learn how Saint John is poised to become the leading hub for digital health in Atlantic Canada.

A Health and Technology District for Saint John
A sustainable future for health care in New Brunswick

Integrated Health Initiative in the news

Dr. Petra Hauf, shares UNB's ambitious vision for the new Integrated Health Initiative

The Integrated Health Initiative (IHI) is an innovative and ambitious new program aimed at contributing to health care reform and addressing some of society’s most pressing issues.

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Global health researcher brings child health expertise and international experience to UNB

Dr. Ziba Vaghri has journeyed the world researching and advocating for children’s health, development and rights. Now, Dr. Vaghri is bringing that passion and expertise to the University of New Brunswick. She was recently appointed as a Senior Research Associate in the department of psychology on UNB’s Saint John campus.

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East Coast-West Coast partnership cements vision for Health and Technology District Saint John

Coming soon to Atlantic Canada: a place where innovators and entrepreneurs, students and faculty will work alongside scientists, clinicians and health care practitioners to develop new technologies and improve health outcomes, patient experiences and the economics of health care delivery in the region and beyond.

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UNB launches innovative program aimed at provincial health care reform

Well before the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of New Brunswick was developing an ambitious plan to help address the most challenging and important issue facing New Brunswick and Canada – the delivery of effective, efficient and sustainable health care.

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Help us shape the future of health care

The Integrated Health Initiative is UNB’s Strategic Vision in action, serving the public good and tackling society’s grand challenges. Through this ambitious initiative, UNB will become the place to which other jurisdictions turn when confronted with seemingly insurmountable health care challenges and social issues.

Learn more

To learn more, contact Petra Hauf, vice-president Saint John.

Become a supporter

To become a supporter, contact Angélique Simpson, director, Development & Donor Relations or make a gift now.