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.

Compulsory Courses:
HSS 1100Microbiology and Immunology3 Units
HSS 1101Determinants of Health3 Units
HSS 2321Sociopolitical and Economic Perspectives in Health3 Units
HSS 3103Experience of Illness, Impairment and Disability3 Units
12 optional course units in health sciences (HSS) from the list of optional courses12 Units
6 optional course units in health sciences (HSS) at the 3000 or 4000 level6 Units
Total: 30 Units

List of Optional Courses

HSS 2102Communication and Health3 Units
HSS 2104Human Activity, Occupation and Health3 Units
HSS 2121History of Health Care3 Units
HSS 2305Molecular Mechanisms of Disease3 Units
HSS 2516La santé des francophones en situation minoritaire3 Units
HSS 3101Health Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches3 Units
HSS 3105Global Citizenship and Health3 Units
HSS 3303Environment and Health3 Units
HSS 3332Technology and Health3 Units
HSS 4103Information Systems in Health Care3 Units
HSS 4312Critical Appraisal and Evaluation of Health Research3 Units
HSS 4324Selected Topics in Health Sciences3 Units
HSS 4331International Health3 Units