The Honours Bachelor in Health Sciences program is defined by its integrative approach for studying health. Students are provided with a biosciences background, knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, along with an interdisciplinary approach to study the determinants of health. This unique academic program allows students to discover innovative ways to examine, measure and unravel complex health problems at all life stages, in Canada and around the world.

The Integrative Health Biosciences option will provide students with advanced knowledge and research approaches to investigate the cellular and molecular processes that underlie the life-trajectory. Upon completion of this option students will be able to integrate molecular and (patho)physiological concepts and design research in the field health biosciences.

Graduates will be well-prepared to undertake health-related MSc programs or pursue careers in public or private health agencies, non-governmental health organizations or in community health programs. Students are provided with the necessary foundation for 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 French immersion is available with this program.

Compulsory courses at the 1000 level
ANP 1105Human Anatomy and Physiology I3 Units
ANP 1106Human Anatomy and Physiology II3 Units
BIO 1140Introduction to Cell Biology3 Units
CHM 1311Principles of Chemistry3 Units
ENG 1100Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units
HSS 1100Microbiology and Immunology3 Units
HSS 1101Determinants of Health3 Units
PSY 1101Introduction to Psychology: Foundations3 Units
SOC 1101Principles of Sociology3 Units
Compulsory courses at the 2000 level
HSS 2102Communication and Health3 Units
HSS 2305Molecular Mechanisms of Disease3 Units
HSS 2321Sociopolitical and Economic Perspectives in Health3 Units
HSS 2381Quantitative Methods in Health Sciences: Continuous Variables3 Units
HSS 2382Quantitative Methods in Health Sciences: Categorical Variables3 Units
PHI 2396Bioethics3 Units
Compulsory courses at the 3000 level
BIO 3152Cell Biology Laboratory3 Units
HSS 3101Health Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches3 Units
HSS 3103Experience of Illness, Impairment and Disability3 Units
HSS 3106Pharmacology: Mechanisms and Compliance3 Units
HSS 3109Research Approaches in Health Biosciences3 Units
HSS 3110Epidemiology3 Units
HSS 3303Environment and Health3 Units
HSS 3305Pathophysiology of Health Problems3 Units
Compulsory courses at the 4000 level
HSS 4101Development and Evaluation of Health Programs3 Units
HSS 4102Developmental Origins of Health and Disease3 Units
HSS 4112Molecular Determinants of Health and Longevity3 Units
HSS 4313Integrative Approaches in Health Biosciences3 Units
Optional courses
6 optional course units in Health Sciences from the list of optional courses6 Units
3 optional course units offered by the Faculty of Science3 Units
30 elective course units or a minor30 Units
Total: 120 Units


A maximum of 42 course units at the 1000 level is permitted.

List of Optional Courses

ANP 1107Human Anatomy and Physiology III3 Units
HSS 2104Human Activity, Occupation and Health3 Units
HSS 2105Understanding Mental Health3 Units
HSS 2121History of Health Care3 Units
HSS 2342Nutritional Determinants of Health3 Units
HSS 2516La santé des francophones en situation minoritaire3 Units
HSS 3105Global Citizenship and Health3 Units
HSS 3107Understanding Health Technology Signals3 Units
HSS 3108Disease Prevention and Health Promotion3 Units
HSS 3332Technology and Health3 Units
HSS 4107Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Death and Dying3 Units
HSS 4108Methods of Health Technology Assessment3 Units
HSS 4110Population and Public Health3 Units
HSS 4111Perspectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health3 Units
HSS 4312Critical Appraisal and Evaluation of Health Research3 Units
HSS 4324Selected Topics in Health Sciences3 Units
HSS 4331International Health3 Units
HSS 4900Research Project3 Units
HSS 4901Advanced Research Project6 Units
HSS 4902Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Fieldwork3 Units