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 French immersion stream is available with this program.

Compulsory General Studies Courses (15 units)
BIO 1140Introduction to Cell Biology3 Units
CHM 1311Principles of Chemistry3 Units
ENG 1100Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units
PSY 1101Introduction to Psychology: Foundations3 Units
SOC 1101Principles of Sociology3 Units
Compulsory Health Sciences Courses (54 units)
ANP 1105Human Anatomy and Physiology I3 Units
ANP 1106Human Anatomy and Physiology II3 Units
HSS 1100Microbiology and Immunology3 Units
HSS 1101Determinants of Health3 Units
HSS 2102Communication and Health3 Units
HSS 2305Molecular Mechanisms of Disease3 Units
HSS 2321Sociopolitical and Economic Perspectives in Health3 Units
HSS 2342Nutritional Determinants of Health3 Units
HSS 2381Quantitative Methods in Health Sciences I3 Units
PHI 2396Bioethics3 Units
HSS 3101Health Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches3 Units
HSS 3103Experience of Illness, Impairment and Disability3 Units
HSS 3106Pharmacology: Mechanisms and Compliance3 Units
HSS 3303Environment and Health3 Units
HSS 3305Pathophysiology of Health Problems3 Units
HSS 4101Development and Evaluation of Health Programs3 Units
HSS 4102Development of Health Problems throughout the Lifespan3 Units
HSS 4303Epidemiology3 Units
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 30 Units
or a minor
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 2111Posture, Movement and Injuries Prevention3 Units
HSS 2121History of Health Care3 Units
HSS 2516La santé des francophones en situation minoritaire3 Units
HSS 3105Global Citizenship and Health3 Units
HSS 3332Technology and Health3 Units
HSS 4100Exploration of Death and Dying3 Units
HSS 4103Information Systems in Health Care3 Units
HSS 4107Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Death and Dying3 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 4933International Health Fieldwork3 Units
HSS 4934Canadian Health Fieldwork3 Units