Health Studies
Bachelor of Health Studies

Program description

This program integrates social science concepts, such as sociology and economics with science concepts, such as biology and metabolism. The integration supports the promotion of health 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 combines knowledge from science and social science disciplines in their content and learning

The Bachelor of Health Studies degree prepares students to work in a large variety of agencies and businesses that plan or deliver health related service and products, a foundation for careers in health care teams and community health management.


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Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting Courses

  • Integration of Health Determinants of Individuals
  • Integration of Health Determinants for Communities
  • Integration of Health Determinants for Canada and the World
  • Geographies of Health and Health Care
  • Introduction to Social Epidemiology

Note: students select electives from a wide range of choices offered by participating University programs. All students are encouraged to select a practicum course in a field setting, ranging from local to international communities. Courses offered in the final year of the program provide an opportunity for students to integrate learning from the sciences with the determinants of health.


Professional opportunities

This program provides a solid basis for engagement in community, cultural and political contexts concerned with health and illness.

Graduates will not achieve any professional status upon degree completion; however, the program can provide a foundation for students who wish to enter professional programs and also offer another route for students to gain access to specialized programs for both health and social science fields.

Graduates can think about entry into careers in health services, planning and administration. It is expected that the job market will evolve from changes in the delivery and policies of health care, resulting from increased emphasis on health planning, health promotion and prevention of illness and increased understanding of the complexity of health.


Admission Requirements

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What is unique about this program at the U of M?

The focus of this program is on health promotion. Graduates will acquire the potential to inform the public policy debate by providing leading scientifically-based food, health and social policy information to improve the health and well-being of people and of professionals who can generate and apply this information. The intent is to 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.

In program, students gain an understanding of the determinants of optimum health and well-being and are able to describe the actions and circumstances that maintain those conditions. Health and wellness are understood in the context of the individual, the community, and society with a particular focus on Manitoba and its peoples. Critical thinking and the ability to evaluate evidence, the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes required for collaborative, interdisciplinary employment related to health.

Graduates will have the opportunity to work in agencies and businesses that plan or deliver health related service and products. Health Studies graduates are expected to be employed in areas such as:

  • Social policy research – develop programs based on demographic, social and economic analyses
  • Community and social service workers – advise consumers on health issues and products
  • Community health administration – assist professionals and planners
  • Resource for aboriginal and rural communities – assist professionals and planners

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Bachelor of Health Studies