The Interdisciplinary Health Program (IHP) is a joint program between the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (formerly the Faculty of Medicine) in partnership with the Faculties of Arts and Science. The IHP offers two four-year degree programs: Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) and Bachelor of Health Studies (BHSt). The BHSc focusses on health and the inclusion of social aspects of health in the core curriculum to build the knowledge and prerequisites for entry into health-related fields of study and employment. The BHSt degree focuses primarily on the social science aspects of health in their content and programming, providing a foundation for careers in healthcare teams, and community health management and education.
Both degrees combine knowledge from science and social science disciplines in their content and learning experiences. The integration supports the promotion of health, which is the guiding principle of the IHP, by creating a new understanding among graduates of the determinants of health and how these determinants influence the health of individuals, families, and communities.
A major goal of the IHP is to provide a foundation for students who wish to apply to professional healthcare programs (e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Genetic Counselling, Physician Assistant) and offer another route for students to gain access to specialized programs for both health and social science fields (e.g. community health management, graduate programs). Those who complete the degree program might work in a wide variety of agencies and businesses that plan or deliver health related services and products.
Specialized concentrations are available for both IHP degrees:
The BHSc concentration in Biomedical Sciences is available that is distinguished by three courses focusing on mechanisms of disease from the systemic to organ specific, with hands on experience in a biomedical laboratory setting.
Students enrolled in the BHSt for September 1, 2018 must select one of the three new concentrations, which include (1) Health Policy, Planning, and Evaluation; (2) Health Promotion and Education; and, (3) Family Health.