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Interprofessional Summer Institute: Primary Health Care for the 21st century

Red River College Summer Institute

Located in Manitoba’s capital city, Winnipeg, Red River College delivers programs that support successful learning in the heart of Canada. During your time in the Summer Institute, you will learn about Canada’s role as a global leader in primary health care.

You will learn about assessing a community’s health, with emphasis on populations such as the aging population, Indigenous populations and with an optional two-day focus on childhood development. Classroom sessions have been designed so you can practice what you have learned on projects in groups and take part in simulation activities. After your summer experience, you will return to your home countries with broadened horizons and newfound knowledge.

Red River College’s Summer Institute provides a unique way for you to improve your skills and knowledge related to primary health care while also learning more about local and national culture through field trips and tours. The Summer Institute balances fun and interactive classroom sessions with outings to some of the city’s attractions, including downtown attractions, beautiful parks, museums, historic sites, cultural events and summer festivals.


  • Two-week program: July 20-31, 2020
  • Interprofessional – for students already in health care programs
  • Emphasis on the Canadian health care system with global comparisons
  • Emphasis on the older adult; indigenous populations and vulnerable populations
  • Science of Early Childhood Development (SECD) option for two days taught by leading experts from RRC
  • Expert lecturers/guest speakers from various fields including nursing, psychology, sociology
  • Cultural events

Course Description

The course of study will focus on general community health principles and assessments and indigenous health and will examine the needs of the older adult. An opportunity to choose to study with educators from RRC’s award winning Science of Early Childhood Development program (SECD) will be optional for one or two days towards the end of the two-week period. Please note on your application if you want to choose this option. Students will be awarded a certificate for the two weeks of study.

Students will get the opportunity to work on projects in groups and take part in simulation activities in RRC’s new simulation laboratories and simulation use both high and low fidelity scenarios.

Classes will be held from Monday to Friday with some tours related to the subject matter held during the week and cultural event on weekends. Social and recreational events will be offered on some weeknights.

Who Should Apply

Students who are registered and completed at least one year in a health care discipline course such as Nursing, Paramedicine, Pre-medicine, Physiotherapy, Recreational Therapy etc.

Program fee: $699 plus applicable taxes
Application Deadline: May 15, 2020

Contact Us

For information about housing, the application or other inquiries, please contact the Centre for International Education and Global Partnerships:

D210-2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3H 0J9

Phone: +1-204-632-2143

Office hours: Monday-Friday | 8:30am-4:30pm