Health Studies

High School Background Required
Life After Graduation
First Year Requirements
Further Information

The Health Studies program administered through the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, builds on a strong basis in the liberal arts and is organized around a framework that includes a broad overview of the behavioural and social sciences. The program addresses subject areas bearing on human health in its broadest sense. The program is designed to provide students with the skills to respond to the demands and issues of an increasingly complex public health care system in Canada. Students will explore comprehensive bodies of knowledge, strategies and experiences that will encourage professional growth and development. The core competencies of the Health Studies program include health processes (e.g. determinants of health, methods of evaluation, implementation of programs and policy), health content (e.g. nutrition, sexuality, women's health), and supporting knowledge and concepts fundamental to the evaluation of health (e.g. behaviour, policy, communities of practice).

This program of study is designed to provide students with the type of interdisciplinary, substantive knowledge that will place them at the forefront of human health. It will provide them with the opportunity to focus on one or more of the "four pillars" that the Canadian Institutes of Health Research have identified as central to contemporary issues in health (i.e. biomedical science, clinical science, health systems and services, and health of populations). It will also provide appropriate background for advanced degrees in emerging programs in public and community health at the graduate level.

A graduate of this program should possess the qualities desired of all Queen's graduates - that is, the ability to exercise good judgment based on scientific, philosophical, esthetic and quantitative knowledge. More specifically, the graduate should grasp how health care policy and social and environmental factors influence the health of individuals and populations.

High School Background Required

4U English (or equivalent) and 4U Biology (is strongly recommended)

Life After Graduation

  • Health care agencies/community associations
  • Regional health units
  • Graduate studies/research
  • Public and corporate policy
  • Health promotion and analysis
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics

First Year Requirements


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Further Information

School of Kinesiology and Health Studies Home Web page
Phone: (613) 533-2666
Fax: (613) 533-2009

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