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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Calendar 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Calendar [ARCHIVED CALENDAR]

Health Sciences – Public Health specialization

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General information

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 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.

Public Health specialization

Public health is a discipline that examines health from communities or the neighbourhood level up to national and global perspectives as well. The Public Health specialization focuses on maintaining and improving health from the perspective of disease prevention and health promotion across the lifespan. It will provide students with knowledge surrounding the health status of populations, environmental factors, inequities in health care delivery, social determinants of health and illness, strategies for health promotion and prevention, injury management and prevention, and health care delivery and services. Career opportunities in Public Health include health promotion program co-ordinator, policy analyst, injury prevention specialist, occupational health and safety, environmental health, disaster and emergency preparedness specialists, infection control specialists, rehabilitation, public and non-profit sector administration, public health inspector, epidemiologist and/or policy development.

Students may apply to the Public Health specialization at the end of their first year of studies.

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

Admission requirements

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). 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.

Bachelor of Health Sciences requirements (Human Health Science and Public Health specializations) [69 credit hours]

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