Health Sciences

You will be interested in the Health Sciences major program if you want to understand issues affecting health and disease, environmental issues that affect communities and global health, or multi-level health policy making.

TOPICS

Chronic and Infectious Disease: Study the issues of infectious diseases and their impact on world health: toxicology, pathophysiology and epidemiology.

Environmental and Occupational Health: Study genetics and how environments affect health.

Global Health: Learn about health, illness and disease in human communities: health promotion, disease prevention, care systems and policy.

Health Care Systems: Understand issues affecting health and disease, and environmental issues that affect communities and global health.

Mental Health and Addictions: Study the biological and social causes and impacts of legal and illegal drugs: addictions, mental illness and social determinants of health.

Population and Public Health: Investigate the health, illness and disease of communities from a global perspective. Study current topics in drugs and society, sexuality, disease and alternative medicine.

Social and Health Policy Sciences: Learn about environmental issues that affect communities and global health, or multi-level health policy making.

Social Inequities and Health: Learn about the health, illness and disease of communities with a focus on how social inequality impacts humanity. Study current topics in drugs and society, sexuality, disease and alternative medicine.

OVERVIEW

Health Sciences is a major program. Topics studied in the course of your degree program are Chronic and Infectious Disease, Environmental and Occupational Health, Global Health, Health Care Systems, Mental Health and Addictions, Population and Public Health, Social and Health Policy Sciences, and Social Inequities and Health.

You can start this program at the Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts

Program description >

Detailed admission requirements

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

Bachelor of Arts - Health Sciences

General requirements

  • English language requirements - click for details.
  • English 11
       (or Français langue première 11)
  • Language 11
       (includes beginner's language 11, American sign language 11 or 12, and language 12 courses)
  • Science 11
       (includes Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Earth Science 11, Forests 11, IB Environmental Systems 11, Principles of Physics 11 or a Science course at the Grade 12 level)
  • Foundations of Math 11 with a minimum grade of 60%
       (or Pre-Calculus 11/Foundations of Math 12/Pre-Calculus 12/Calculus 12 with a minimum grade of 60%)
  • English 12 with a minimum final blended grade of 60%
       (or First Peoples 12, or Français langue première 12 with a minimum final grade of 60%)
  • Graduate from high school

Program-specific requirements

English 12 and three additional approved Grade 12 courses

Approved grade 12 courses

BC First Nations Studies 12, Calculus 12, Comparative Civilization 12, Economics 12, English Literature 12, Foundations of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12, French 12 or français langue seconde 12, German 12, History 12, Japanese 12, Law 12, Mandarin 12, Philosophy 12 (4 cr), Punjabi 12, Social Justice 12, Spanish 12, Sustainable Resources 12.

Sciences: Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, Physics 12.

IB/AP: All standard and higher level IB courses, and all AP courses, may be used in place of grade 12 courses.

Bachelor of Science - Health Sciences

General requirements

  • English language requirements - click for details.
  • English 11
       (or Français langue première 11)
  • Language 11
       (includes beginner's language 11, American sign language 11 or 12, and language 12 courses)
  • Science 11
       (includes Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Earth Science 11, Forests 11, IB Environmental Systems 11, Principles of Physics 11 or a Science course at the Grade 12 level)
  • Foundations of Math 11 with a minimum grade of 60%
       (or Pre-Calculus 11/Foundations of Math 12/Pre-Calculus 12/Calculus 12 with a minimum grade of 60%)
  • English 12 with a minimum final blended grade of 60%
       (or First Peoples 12, or Français langue première 12 with a minimum final grade of 60%)
  • Graduate from high school

Program-specific requirements

English 12, Pre-Calculus 12, and two additional approved Grade 12 courses

Approved grade 12 courses

BC First Nations Studies 12, Calculus 12, Comparative Civilization 12, Economics 12, English Literature 12, Foundations of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12, French 12 or français langue seconde 12, German 12, History 12, Japanese 12, Law 12, Mandarin 12, Philosophy 12 (4 cr), Punjabi 12, Social Justice 12, Spanish 12, Sustainable Resources 12.

Sciences: Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, Physics 12.

IB/AP: All standard and higher level IB courses, and all AP courses, may be used in place of grade 12 courses.

How to apply

Choose the BA if you are interested in a social sciences/humanities approach to health sciences.

Choose the BSc if your interest is more from the perspective of natural sciences.

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to https://apply.educationplannerbc.ca/sfu.jsp
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Health Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: BA Health Sciences or BSc Health Sciences or (available only in Fall)
      BSc Health Sci - 1st yr Surrey

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Health Promotions Coordinator
  • Non Profit Health Agency Fundraiser
  • Global Health Advocate
  • Humanitarian Worker
  • Food Inspector
  • Health & Safety Advisor
  • Nurse
  • Medical Scientist
  • Professor
  • Health Equity Strategist
  • Health & Wellness Coordinator
  • Health & Benefits Admin Assistant
  • Health & Addictions Case Manager
  • Health Care Industry Sales Rep