The Honours Bachelor's in Health Sciences program enables students to study health and its related components from an interdisciplinary perspective, which allows students to discover innovative ways to examine, measure and unravel complex health problems at all life stages, in Canada and around the world. These future health professionals will be challenged to understand biological, environmental and social factors, both in isolation and as interactive health determinants.
Students will build on a foundation in biomedical sciences to integrate social and environmental health determinants in the study of health communication, disability and illness issues, pharmacology and nutrition. Significant training in health research methodologies is provided through courses in statistics, quantitative and qualitative approaches to research, epidemiology and health program development and evaluation. This program also includes select opportunities to conduct research thesis projects.
Upon completion, students will be well-prepared to undertake MSc programs in interdisciplinary health sciences or epidemiology, or work in health promotion or biomedical research. Graduates may choose to pursue careers in public or private health agencies, non-governmental health organizations or in community health programs. Graduates may also go on to further studies in medicine, rehabilitation studies, dentistry or pharmacy. Our interdisciplinary focus enhances the quality and maturity of future clinicians and health professionals.
This program is offered in English and in French.
The table below includes only discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on including a minor to your degree.
A Minor in Health Sciences is also available to students enrolled in other University of Ottawa programs. In fact, it can be combined with programs in many other disciplines in science, social sciences or humanities. The minor provides an opportunity for students to develop, within the field of healthcare, broad, transferable intellectual skills, while acquiring a solid and diverse knowledge base.
This program can be chosen only as a second study module as part of a 120-unit bachelor’s degree that allows a minor.
Direct admission is not possible.
|HSS 1100||Microbiology and Immunology||3 Units|
|HSS 1101||Determinants of Health||3 Units|
|HSS 2321||Sociopolitical and Economic Perspectives in Health||3 Units|
|HSS 3103||Experience of Illness, Impairment and Disability||3 Units|
|12 optional course units in health sciences (HSS) from the list of optional courses||12 Units|
|6 optional course units in health sciences (HSS) at the 3000 or 4000 level||6 Units|
List of Optional Courses
|HSS 2102||Communication and Health||3 Units|
|HSS 2104||Human Activity, Occupation and Health||3 Units|
|HSS 2121||History of Health Care||3 Units|
|HSS 2305||Molecular Mechanisms of Disease||3 Units|
|HSS 2516||La santé des francophones en situation minoritaire||3 Units|
|HSS 3101||Health Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches||3 Units|
|HSS 3105||Global Citizenship and Health||3 Units|
|HSS 3303||Environment and Health||3 Units|
|HSS 3332||Technology and Health||3 Units|
|HSS 4103||Information Systems in Health Care||3 Units|
|HSS 4312||Critical Appraisal and Evaluation of Health Research||3 Units|
|HSS 4324||Selected Topics in Health Sciences||3 Units|
|HSS 4331||International Health||3 Units|