The Honours Bachelor in Health Sciences program is defined by its integrative approach for studying health. Students are provided with a foundational biosciences core, research analytical skills training in a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies within a broader interdisciplinary context of the social and environmental determinants of health. This unique academic approach allows students to discover innovative ways to examine, measure and unravel complex health problems at all life stages, in Canada and around the world.

Future health professionals will be challenged to understand biological, environmental and social factors, both in isolation and as interactive health determinants.The curriculum contains a research methodologies core to provide students with applied, quantitative and qualitative transferrable skills for post-graduate training or employment. Three thematic programming options enable students to focus their academic trajectory in Integrative Health Biosciences, Technologies and Innovation in Healthcare or Population and Public Health, gaining theoretical and applied knowledge and skills in these domains. This program also includes select opportunities to conduct a research thesis project and participate in interdisciplinary health sciences fieldwork.

Graduates will be well-prepared to undertake healthrelated 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.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2018-2019 calendars for the previous requirements.

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
HSS 3101Health Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches3 Units
HSS 3103Experience of Illness, Impairment and Disability3 Units
HSS 3106Pharmacology: Mechanisms and Compliance3 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
Optional courses
15 optional course units in Health Sciences from the list of optional courses15 Units
6 optional course units offered by the Faculty of Science6 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 3109Research Approaches in Health Biosciences3 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