Distributed Online Courses

The UBC Midwifery Program is excited to announce that beginning in the fall term 2020, successful first year applicants from British Columbia who live outside of the lower mainland will have the option of joining a pilot cohort of students who will complete their first year classes online from their own communities. Applicants from rural areas will have priority for the distributed option. All rural applicants will have the choice to move to Vancouver for the first year of classes, particularly if they aren’t comfortable with online learning. Five to six students out of the class of 20 will be selected for this pilot cohort. Weekly classes will be distributed using videoconferencing technology to students in their home communities. First year courses are being redesigned to support blended learning.

BC students selected for the pilot program will come to Vancouver the first week of September to meet their faculty and classmates. They’ll attend their first classes in person that week and complete other new student orientation requirements. DOME pilot students will return to their homes and attend classes online 4 days each week. Textbooks and assigned readings are available online through the UBC Library. Toward the end of the term in November, students will return to Vancouver for a week of skills labs and in-person learning. A similar schedule will be in place for Term 2 classes.

Students qualified for DOME will:

  • Meet admissions requirements for the bachelor’s degree program and be admitted into the fall cohort
  • Have a personal computer with Windows 10 or macOS
  • Have internet access
  • Be able to travel to Vancouver 1-2 times a term

If you are interested, please contact Blake Dobie, Student Services Manager at blake.dobie@ubc.ca


Midwifery faculty Cathy Ellis and Luba Butska help students review newborn resuscitation over Zoom.