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Our program focusses on understanding the physical and social aspects of health and disease to attain the foundational knowledge for entry into health-related fields of study, research and employment.
Design your own program
The BHSt offers you the flexibility to design a program that meets your unique goals and interests.
Choose from three specialized concentrations: Health Policy, Planning, and Evaluation; Health Promotion and Education; and Family Health.
Graduates will be prepared to work in a large variety of agencies and businesses that plan or deliver health related service and products.
Health Studies grads can explore careers in areas such as:
- Social policy research – develop programs based on demographic, social and economic analyses
- Community and social service – advise consumers on health issues and products
- Community health administration – assist professionals and planners
- Indigenous and rural communities – assist professionals and planners
The Interdisciplinary Health Program offers education and training leading to a Bachelor of Health Studies degree. The Interdisciplinary Health Program (IHP) is a joint program between the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences in partnership with the Faculties of Arts and Science. Classes take place at the Fort Garry campus.
Expected duration: 4 years
The BHSt program requires the completion of 120 credit hours of required and elective coursework; this includes a minimum of 18 credit hours of concentration electives. Students must declare at least one concentration.
Health policy, planning and evaluation
This concentration provides foundational knowledge related to health policy development and related evaluation, and programming services. This can be a potential route for individuals seeking careers in areas such as health policy analysis or program planning and evaluation coordination.
Health promotion and education
This concentration would be a route through which students pursuing a career as a home economics teacher could obtain their ‘teachable subjects’ in family studies and nutrition. Students should consult with academic advisors in the Faculty of Education as additional training will be required.
Students who pursue this concentration can also explore future career opportunities as community health educators, health-related fundraisers, health and safety coordinators, or professional home economists (PHEc).
This concentration is suitable for students interested in family social science. It provides the educational background suitable for a future career in community wellness, victim services, youth care and residential care.
Sample course offerings:
- FMLY 1012: Introduction to Social Development (3 credit hours)
- ECON 1210: Introduction to Canadian Economic Issues and Policies (3 credit hours)
- HEAL 1500: Foundations of Human Biology 1 (3 credit hours)
- NATV 1220: Indigenous Peoples in Canada, Part 1 (3 credit hours)
- HEAL 2600: Integration of Health Determinants of Individuals (3 credit hours)
- PHIL 2740: Ethics and Biomedicine (3 credit hours)
- FMLY 3750: Fundamentals of Health Promotion (3 credit hours)
- HEAL 3000: Introduction to Social Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
- HEAL 3600: Integration of Health Determinants for Communities (3 credit hours)
- HEAL 4600: Integration of Health Determinants for Canada and the World (3 credit hours)
- HEAL 4610: Health Studies Capstone (3 credit hours)
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements for entry into the program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Direct entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college. Direct entry applicants require the following:
- Manitoba high school graduation including 5 full credits at the Grade 12 level in courses designated S,G or U
- A minimum 85% average over the following, with no less than 60% in each course:
- English 40S
- Applied Mathematics 40S or Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S
- One of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Computer Science 40S
Advanced entry is for applicants who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online.
The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
Admission and application inquiries
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Circle
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Room 424 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Interdisciplinary Health Program, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Room 202 Human Ecology Building
35 Chancellor Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2