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Health Sciences and Health Studies
at the U of M

 

As a health sciences or health studies student in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, you will learn about the promotion of health by understanding the determinants of health and how they influence individuals, families, and communities. These degrees combine knowledge from science and social science disciplines and help students to gain an understanding of the determinants of optimum health and well-being and the ability to describe the actions and circumstances that maintain those conditions. Graduates may work in health and social programming, policy, business administration, research laboratories or pursue further education to become a health care practitioner.

Skills you will gain by studying HEALTH SCIENCES AND HEALTH STUDIES

  • A broad and comprehensive understanding of the factors that affect health, the needs of clients and the delivery of health services.
  • An understanding of the significance of health and illness in a cultural context.
  • Expertise in health promotion and prevention frameworks.
  • The ability to problem solve and adapt to an ever-changing field.
  • The ability to gather, analyze, and interpret information clearly and concisely.

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This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
B.H.Sc: CHEM 1300, CHEM 1310, BIOL 1020, BIOL 1030, BIOL 1410, BIOL 1412, STAT 1000, PSYC 1200, plus 3 credit hours of electives
B.H.St: PSYC 1200, SOC 1200, ANTH 1210, 1220, BIOL 1020, BIOL 1030, STAT 1000, plus 3 credit hours of electives

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor to help you plan your program.
  2. For academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.

CAREER TIPS


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Gather informaiton about occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Explore your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities at communitylink.umanitoba.ca.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including Womyn’s Centre, Shinerama, PEERS, CanU, Results, University of Manitoba Undergraduate Leaders in Healthcare and Healthy U.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program to volunteer for Open House and other events on campus..
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg and the Student Leadership Development Program.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Considering international opportunities? Attend International Week in February for information about opportunities around the world.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: visit Migizii Agamik or the International Centre, take part in the Intercultural Retreat or learn about local agencies via 211 Manitoba at mb.211.ca.

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Year 2 - 60 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements: PHIL 1290, ECON 1210, GMGT 1010 or GMGT 2070, HNSC 1210, FMLY 3780 or FMLY 3790, PSYC 2250 or HMEC 2000, NATV 1220 or NATV 1240, HMEC 3000, choose 2 of PHIL 2740, GEOG 4290 and/or SOC 2490, plus HEAL 2600, 3600 and 4600 between years 2 to 4

To do this year:

  1. Consider doing a Biomedical Sciences concentration if you are pursuing a degree in Health Sciences.
  2. Consider taking a minor and choose courses that will open opportunities.

CAREER TIPS


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student member with the Life Sciences Association of Manitoba (LSAM) and the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR)..
  4. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Market your skills: develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Explore student research opportunities: apply for a research assistant position or Undergraduate Research Award.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: check out Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Volunteers in Public Service (VIP), community health clinics such as Klinic, Mount Carmel Clinic, Youville Clinic, CancerCare Manitoba and health promotion agencies i.e. Canadian Cancer Society; personal care homes; group homes.

Find opportunities to market yourself: attend a conference, submit a paper or become a board member in the community.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: consider an international student exchange, an internship with Students Without Borders or Projects Abroad.

Staying local? Check out Praxis: Service-Learning for Social Change. Consider learning a new language and culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.

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Year 3 - 90 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
B.H.Sc. and B.H.St: refer to the Academic Calendar to view course requirements for your program.*
B.H.Sc. Biomedical Sciences Concentration: BIOL 2520, CHEM 2360 and HEAL 3610

To do this year:

  1. Meet with an academic advisor for program approval.
  2. Consider getting some experience through the optional practicum in the faculty.
  3. Considering a professional program? Refer to the Applicant Information Bulletin to familiarize yourself with the pre-professional requirements.

CAREER TIPS


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as the Business Start Program.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or other professional programs.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Continue or start research: participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, Statistics Canada and St. Boniface Research Centre.

Assess your resumé: identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Did you travel abroad? Become an exchange mentor for the International Student Mentorship Program, join the exchange student community at the University of Manitoba or speak or write an article about your experience.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: join the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the Children Rising Mentorship Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.

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Year 4 - 120 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
B.H.Sc. and B.H.St:
refer to the Academic Calendar to view course requirements for your program.*
B.H.Sc. Biomedical Sciences Concentration: HEAL 4630 and 4640

To do this year:

  1. Consider taking the 6 credit hour practicum (HMEC 4090) and put your education to practice.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor, and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.

CAREER TIPS


Start job search 9 months in advance: contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to a professional program or graduate school: finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Ensure you have references in place: ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Search for job opportunities online: check out biotalent.ca, lsam.ca, wrha.mb.ca, workinnonprofits.ca, charityvillage.com, Indeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus. Get access to Lynda.com through the Winnipeg Public Library and take courses to develop your cross-cultural intelligence.

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Sample Careers

 

SAMPLE CAREERS WITH AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE AND RELATED EXPERIENCE

  • Abuse Prevention Consultant
  • (Community) Health Educator
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Data Analyst
  • Disability Case Manager
  • Fundraiser
  • Health Liason
  • Health Program Analyst
  • Health Program Specialist / Coordinator
  • Health Promotion Program Specialist
  • Health Research Coordinator **
  • Immigrant Settlement Coordinator
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Patient Representative
  • Public Health Business Specialist
  • Social Program Coordinator
  • Victim Services Worker
  • Volunteer Coordinator

OPTIONS REQUIRING OTHER EDUCATION

**Denotes Health Science background

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What Do Employers Want?

 

Industries such as biotechnology, business, community development, government, healthcare/medicine, and social services would value a degree in health sciences or health studies in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Industry specific knowledge
  • Continuous learning
  • Digital technology

Attain skills through your classroom education and take advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

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Health Sciences and Health Studies,
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

317 Human Ecology Building, 35 Chancellors Circle
(204) 474-9759, Alisa.Claman@umanitoba.ca
umanitoba.ca/interdisciplinaryhealth

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