The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program has been designed to meet the needs of undergraduates aspiring to enter a variety of health-related careers or wishing to pursue postgraduate and professional studies.
The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) is a multi-focused undergraduate degree that enables students to explore diverse aspects of healthcare delivery, health research and promoting human wellness while pursuing studies that build on their particular interests.
This degree is designed to deliver a broad-based curriculum for students to discover exciting areas of impact on human health. The program has a strong interdisciplinary focus weaving together physiological, sociological, and epidemiological perspectives on major health issues.
Successful first year students will progress within the specializations: Human Health Science Specialization or Public Health Specialization. Each option offers upper year electives that extend knowledge in core areas while also promoting critical thinking skills related to healthcare and major health issues in Canada.
Graduates are positioned to formulate questions related to human health, address technical and theoretical problems, and excel at analytical thinking.
Note: Effective 2013-2014, students are not being admitted to the Comprehensive specialization. It is anticipated that students currently in progress in the Comprehensive specialization will continue in their current program map until completion of their degree. Program maps for the Comprehensive specialization can be found online at healthsciences.ontariotechu.ca. Students will be allowed to take courses from the new specialization maps that are developed as electives in their current program map, where prerequisites and sequencing will allow. Special permission of the instructor will be considered in cases where exact prerequisite matches may not occur.
Human Health Science specialization
This specialization focuses on fundamental areas of science as it relates to human health and disease, including anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, cancer biology and microbiology. Students will take upper year electives that extend knowledge in these core areas as well as integrating critical knowledge and understanding of the healthcare system in Canada. Career opportunities in Human Health Science include Laboratory Research Assistant, Healthcare Laboratory Administration, Government agencies (e.g. quality assurance and biosafety), Business and industry (e.g. pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, research or quality assurance).
Students may apply to the Human Health Science specialization at the end of their first year of studies. Enrolment in the Human Health Science specialization is limited and admission is competitive. Students who are not successful in gaining a space in this specialization will have the option of pursuing the Public Health specialization.
Although reasonable efforts will be made to adhere to the following program map, course requirements and term offerings may change. For the most up-to-date list of course offerings, please visit the faculty website at healthsciences.ontariotechu.ca.
Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.
Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U) with a minimum grade of 60 per cent, Biology (SBI4U), and one of Advanced Functions (MHF4U) or Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) or Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U). It is recommended for students applying to the Human Health Science specialization, that Chemistry (SCH4U) is also taken. All other applicants should refer to admissions for the requirements for their specific category of admission.
Program details and degree requirements
To be eligible for a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) degree, students must successfully complete 120 credit hours. Degree and program requirements are subject to change without notice. Program requirements are outlined below. Students wishing to make changes to their program of study should consult their academic advisor.
Further information on courses and course sequencing can be found on the Faculty of Health Science’s website.