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Lavern Bourne

Lavern Bourne

Senior Teaching Professor

Practicum Coordinator/QA Coordinator

Medical Laboratory Science Program

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Business and Information Technology Building - Room UB3085
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 3612

Research topics

  • Public health: mental health
  • simulation in healthcare
  • accountability in the healthcare sector
  • interprofessional education and collaboration
  • transfusion science (immunology)

Research and expertise

  • Background and interests

    Lavern Bourne has a Medical Laboratory Technology diploma from the University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica, and the Michener Institute for Applied Science in Toronto, Ontario, and a Bachelor of Health Services Management degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. She has a Master of Health Sciences in Community Health degree from Ontario Tech University. Her thesis is entitled Approaches to Accountability in the Medical Laboratory Sector. Supervisor Dr. Brenda Gamble. She has a PhD in Public Health from Walden University. Her Doctoral Thesis Topic: Strengthening Mental Health Awareness of University Students Using an Online Training Module. Supervisor: Dr. Michael Dunn

    Before joining the university, she worked in clinical practice as a registered medical laboratory technologist in Jamaica and Ontario. She currently teaches in the university's Medical Laboratory Science program.


  • Education
    • Doctor of Public Health: Walden University, USA  2020
    • Master of Health Science: Ontario Tech University Oshawa, ON  2014
    • Bachelor of Health Services Management: Ryerson University in Toronto, ON  2005
    • Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science: The Michener Institute of Education at UHN in Toronto, ON  1999
    • Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology: University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica  1989
  • Courses taught
    • Clinical Hematology I
    • Clinical Hematology II
    • Foundations in Microbiology and Immunology
    • Microanatomy and Histotechnology
    • Transfusion Immunology & Hemostasis
    • Simulated Clinical Practicum
    • Transfusion Science
    • Prof Practice in Clinical Lab I and II
    • Clinical Project I and II
  • Publications

    Gamble, B., Bourne, L., Deber, R., 2014. Ontario’s Quality Management Program-Laboratory Service, Healthcare Policy (Longwoods).

  • Grants
    • Name of Agency: Ontario Government
      Title of Grant: Micro-credential badges: Virtual interprofessional education for Medical Laboratory (ML) learners.
      Date of Award: December 2021
      Total Amount:  $186,716.00
      Principal Investigator: Dr. Brenda Gamble
      Role: Collaborator 
    • Career Ready Fund (CRF) Stream 2
      Title of the Grant: The Use of Interprofessional Simulations to Improve Collaboration and Problem
      Solving Among Undergraduate Medical Laboratory Science and Nursing Students
      Date of Award: May 29, 2018
      Total Amount: $34,036
      Principal Investigator: Helene Goulding
      Role: Collaborator 
    • Teaching Innovation Fund (UOIT-TIF)
      Title of the Grant: Simulation-Based Interprofessional Education for Nursing and Medical Laboratory Students
      Date of Award: April 13, 2018
      Total Amount: $7,300.00
      Principal Investigator: Helene Goulding
      Role: Collaborator 
    • Mental Health Grant (CSMLS)
      Title of the Grant: CSMLS-Boosting Mental Health Grant
      Date of Award: September 19, 2018
      Total Amount: $250.00
      Principal Investigator: Helene Goulding
      Role: Collaborator 
    • Name of Agency: Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
      Title of the Grant: Establishing a Durham Regional Resuscitation Research Collaborative
      Date of Award: June 2013-June 2014(extended until March 2016)
      Total Amount: $20,328.00
      Principal Knowledge User: Dr. Randy Wax
      Role: Collaborator