Bachelor of Health Sciences [BHSc]

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This program will create a broad, comprehensive understanding among people working in health-related settings of the factors that affect health, the needs of clients and the delivery of health services.  The Public Health Agency of Canada endorses a population health approach and acknowledges that health issues must be dealt with in a broad and comprehensive manner.

You will deal with health issues on an individual, community and institutional levels. For the B.H.Sc. students are required to take 21 credit hours of science and 12 credit hours of social science courses from 36 credit hours of approved electives.

Interdisciplinary Health Program (IHP) science students in this program are required to take at least 24 credit hours at the 300 and 400 levels from 36 credit hours of Approved Electives.  This requirement ensures that all students take 35 per cent or more of the 120 credit hours in either program at the 300 or 400 level.

Students should consult the University Calendar to ensure that they have the appropriate pre- or co-requisites before they attempt to register in a course.  A number of courses are cross-listed between departments/faculties.  The student advisor will give additional guidance.

Visit the Bachelor of Health Sciences program planning page.

Biomedical Concentration Information

The Biomedical Sciences Concentration will provide a path for undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (B.H.Sc.) program interested in pursuing biomedical research at the graduate level, and a more comprehensive foundation in biomedical sciences for those pursuing careers in the health sector. This Concentration will provide students with an interdisciplinary experience involving both the biological and social sciences, but also with a new way to prepare for graduate or professional studies in biomedical disciplines. Check out the Biomedical Sciences Concentration planning page.

The Concentration will focus on the mechanisms of disease and will provide an opportunity to experience how this is approached specifically through biomedical laboratory experience.

Career Opportunities:
Biomedical research; entry into professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, rehabilitation sciences or nursing; the pharmaceutical industry; forensic research; diagnostic services/laboratory medicine; and teaching.

Eligibility: Only students registered in the B.H.Sc. degree program may complete the Biomedical Sciences Concentration.

Students interested in applying to enter the Concentration will be required to: 

  • submit a written statement to the Undergraduate Program Advisor in year 1 or 2 of the BHSc program, normally by May 15;
  • complete HEAL 3610 with a minimum grade of B.

Students will be informed whether they have been accepted into the Concentration by mid-June.

Enrolment will be limited to the 24 eligible students who have achieved the highest degree GPAs after completion of HEAL 3610.

Concentration requirements: Students in the Bachelor of Health Sciences, Biomedical Concentration must complete 36 credit hours from the approved list of electives, of which at least 24 credit hours must be at the 3000 and 4000 level.

  • At least 21 credit hours of Science electives. Courses required for the Biomedical Sciences Concentration could count toward 18 (BIOL 2520, CHEM 2360, HEAL 3610, HEAL 4630, HEAL 4640) of the 21 credit hours of approved science elective course work to be completed in years 3 and 4 of the B.H.Sc. degree.
  • At least 12 credit hours of Social Science electives.