Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours of classes are there in a typical week for a HLTH student?

Usually students in the HLTH program take 30.0 couse units a year which normally means students are in five courses each term. Usually, there are three hours of classes for each course for a total time of 15 hours weekly. Some courses will have additional lab or tutorial hours during the week.

First-year students need to understand that courses normally have a heavy workload. Course outlines are available within the first two weeks of class and stipulate specific expectations, e.g. readings, assignments, essays, exams, etc.

What are the approximate class sizes for HLTH classes?

There are approximately 60 to 400 students in first- and second-year core HLTH courses and anywhere from 200 to 600 students in first-year Arts & Science courses (e.g. PSYC 100/6.0, BIOL 102/3.0, BIOL 102/3.0).

Can a student complete a concurrent B.Ed. with a Health Studies program at Queen's?

Yes. For more information go to the Arts & Science Calendar - Program Profiles

What are the tuition costs for the Health Studies program per year?

Tuition costs are published by the Office of the University Registrar (see Fees).

What career paths are pursued by graduates from the HLTH program?

There are many career opportunities for graduates of HLTH programs. Students go on to employment inthe health-related fields of addiction research, health promotion, medical careers (including complementary medicine), etc. as well as other fields including law, marketing, broadcasting, education, etc.

Students in a BAH MED HLTH program can combine their interest in health issues with their other concentration (e.g. Psychology, Women's Studies, etc) to pursue employment with health-care agencies, Regional Health Units and other community agencies.

Take a moment to look at the Health Studies Career Information website for more information about potential careers.  Every year since 2007, HLTH students have been invited to post an "End Note" about their post-degree plans at the time of their graduation.  Take a look at some of the directions Health Studies graduates have gone!

Will a degree in HLTH lead to post-graduate work?

Students with an honours degree in HLTH may apply to many graduate schools including program such as an M.A. or M.Sc. in Kinesiology and Health Studies, Social work, Journalism, Public Health Sciences, Health Promotion, Health Policy, Rehabilitation Therapy, etc.

In addition, many post-degree certificate and diploma programs such as Health Promotion, Workplace Wellness, Behavioural Science Technology, etc. are available.

Students are advised to make sure that they take the correct course(s) and/or program prerequisites. Students are advised to consult early with Career Services to ensure that they plan ahead for their chosen career.

Will a HLTH program lead to admission to Medical School?

A specific degree (e.g. pre-med, basic life sciences) is no longer required to get into Medical Schools. Most Medical Schools now state that they require a minimum of a three-year degree and either specific courses (e.g. organic chemistry) or courses from particular categories (e.g. 12.0 course units from Phsycial Sciences and 12.0 course units from Humanities). Therefore it is not the HLTH concentration that is imiportant but selection of the correct courses and obtaining a degree.

Students are advised to consult the websites for Schools of Medicine for specific admission information.

Will a HLTH program lead to admission to Law School?

Students should visit the websites to determine the admission requirements to specific Law Schools. Entrance to Queen's Law School requires completion of at least two full years at University but an undergraduate degree is preferred. Law School is a very competitive program to access, meaning high marks are crucial. Queen's specifically states at least a 77% university average.