The curriculum of this program integrates social science concepts, such as sociology and economics with science concepts, such as biology and metabolism.
|Melanie Hegg, first graduate of the Bachelor of Health Studies program, presenting her work at the Canadian Public Health Association Meeting in Winnipeg
The integration supports the promotion of health, which is the guiding principle of the Faculty of Human Ecology, by creating a new understanding among graduates of the determinants of health and how these determinants influence the health of individuals, families, and communities, as well as health services. This degree combine knowledge from science and social science disciplines in their content and learning experiences.
Health Studies offers a general course of studies; graduates will not achieve any professional status as a consequence of these degrees. This program, however, can provide a foundation for students who wish to enter professional programs (Law, Dentistry, Medicine, etc.) and also offer another route for students to gain access to specialized programs for both health and social science fields. Those who complete this degree could work in a large variety of agencies and businesses that plan or deliver health related service and products. The two programs can serve as the foundation for careers in health care teams and community health management.
For the B.H.St.: students are required to take 21 credit hours of social science and 12 credit hours of science courses from 36 credit hours of Approved Electives.
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% or more of the 120 credit hours in either program at the 300 or 400 level.
Students in this program are required to take at least 21 credit hours from List A, at most 6 credit hours from List B and at most 3 credit hours from List C from 36 credit hours of Approved Electives.
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.