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Public Health Simulation Lab

 

The Environmental Health Simulation Lab (S-Lab) is a key institute in the Centre for
Science, Research and Innovation that enables students and faculty to bring their research
to the community by providing real-life conditions in a simulated environment.

The S-Lab simulates facilities for the training of students enrolled in the Environmental
Health After Degree program. It will further enhance students’ learning through visualisation
and hands-on experience by utilizing Augmented Reality (AR). AR will revolutionize the
training for the human sector by allowing students to experience real world situations in a
controlled environment. AR prepares professionals for areas previously considered
dangerous and risky, and helps to improve responses and judgment to address them
effectively and efficiently.

The S-Lab will pave the way in training the next generation of front-line practitioners to
sharpen their skills and competencies to improve the productivity of the workforce and
protect the health of Albertans across multiple sectors such as oil & gas, construction, and
public health.

Impact

  1. Serves as an innovative training facility both for students and Environmental Health
    Officers across health authorities in the Prairie Provinces: Alberta, Saskatchewan and
    Manitoba.
  2. Enhances hands-on learning of students, and professional development of front-line
    public health practitioners.
  3. Showcases Canadian public health practices to the general public and international
    scholars/practitioners.
  4. Bridges the latest science research with applied skills development and knowledge
    translation in areas such as health risk assessment and management.
  5. Brings stakeholders together such as academic researchers, policy-makers,
    environmental health practitioners, and industry.

The S-Lab will bridge what was humanly impossible with the possible, and take training in
traditional sectors such as environmental health to the next frontier where arts and science
meet.