Health Studies Program Information

Health Studies is a social-science program in the Faculty of Arts and Science that focuses on the enhancement of health and wellness both from an individual and population perspective.

Core competencies build on:

  • Health Process: Both the social and the physical determinants of health and the methods of evaluation, assessment and implementation of health programs and policies.
  • Health Content: Nutrition, anatomy, sexuality, women's health and so on.
  • Supporting Knowledge and Concepts to the Evaluation of Health: Behaviour, policy and communities of practice.

BAH MAJ HLTH

  • A four-year Bachelor of Arts Honours program with a major concentration that requires 114.0 overall course units with 60.0 units in Health Studies.
  • This program can be combined with a minor arts concentration (requiring 30.0 course units) e.g. Psychology, Global Development Studies, etc. or with a general science concentration (typically requiring 30.0 course units) such as Biology, etc.
  • Core courses in the BAH MAJ HLTH are: HLTH 101/3.0 (Social Determinants of Health); HLTH 102/3.0 (Physical Determinants of Health); PSYC 100/6.0 (Principles of Psychology); ANAT 101/3.0 (Introductory Human Anatomy); KNPE 125/3.0 (Introduction to the Physiology of Human Movement); HLTH 205/3.0 (Health Promotion); HLTH 230/3.0 (Basic Human Nutrition); KNPE 251/3.0 (Introduction to Statistics); HLTH 252/3.0 (Introduction to Research Methods); HLTH 315/3.0 (Theory and Practice of Health Behaviour Change); HLTH 323/3.0 (Epidemiology); HLTH 405/3.0 (Canadian Health Policy); and, HLTH 415/6.0 (Program Design and Evaluation).

BAH MED HLTH

  • A four-year Bachelor of Arts Honours program with a medial concentration that requires 114.0 overall course units with 42.0 units in Health Studies and an additional 42.0 units in an alternative concentration, e.g. Biology, Psychology, etc.
  • Core courses in the BAH MED HLTH are: HLTH 101/3.0 (Social Determinants of Health); HLTH 102/3.0 (Physical Determinants of Health); ANAT 101/3.0 (Introductory Human Anatomy); KNPE 125/3.0 (Introduction to the Physiology of Human Movement); HLTH 205/3.0 (Health Promotion); HLTH 230/3.0 (Basic Human Nutrition); KNPE 251/3.0 (Introduction to Statistics); HLTH 252/3.0 (Introduction to Research Methods); HLTH 315/3.0 (Theory and Practice of Health Behaviour Change);and, HLTH 405/3.0 (Canadian Health Policy).
  • Students must also take PSYC 100/6.0 Principles of Psychologyas a supporting course (not counted in the 42.0 required course units).

BA MIN HLTH

  • A three-year Bachelor of Arts program with a minor concentration that requires 90.0 overall course units with 30.0 units in Health Studies.
  • Students in Bachelor of Arts & Science Honours programs with a major concentration can select a minor in Health Studies, e.g. Biology, Psychology, etc.
  • Core courses in the BA MIN HLTHare: HLTH 101/3.0 (Social Determinants of Health); HLTH 102/3.0 (Physical Determinants of Health); ANAT 101/3.0 (Introductory Human Anatomy); HLTH 205/3.0 (Health Promotion); HLTH 230/3.0 (Basic Human Nutrition); and, HLTH 315/3.0 Theory and Practice of Health Behaviour Change.
  • Students must also take PSYC 100/6.0 (Principles of Psychology)as a supporting course (not counted in the 30.0 required course units).

Note:

  • Either the general or honours degree paths will enable you to complete the necessary entry requirements to apply to many post-degree programs (e.g. Education, Law, Medicine, MBA, etc.).
  • However, students who plan on attending a Graduate School should research admission requirements.Graduate Schools in many subject areas would require an honours degree program in the area of specialization, e.g. Health Promotion.
  • Some Graduate Schools require an honours major program for admission. Other Graduate Schools will accept an honours degree with either an honours major or medial concentration.