Undergraduate Programs

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers two undergraduate degrees that incorporate multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of health, illness, and disease:

The BA and the BSc in Health Sciences provides a solid foundation for individuals seeking to understand issues affecting health and disease, environmental issues that affect communities and global health, multi-level health policy making, and for those interested in pursuing careers in the biological sciences, medicine, and public health. 

International exchange opportunities are available for the the BA and BSc programs, as well as a partnership with Langara College to enable students to complete the first two years of their program before transferring to SFU. Options for an Honours Degree (BA and BSc) or a Minor in Health Sciences are also offered for students accepted into a program.

Our programs cover a wide range of health sciences topics including:

  • Chronic and Infectious Disease
  • Global Health
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Population and Public Health
  • Social and Health Policy Sciences
  • Social Inequities and Health
  • Health Care Systems

Overview and Comparison of FHS Undergraduate Programs

Program Focus

Bachelor of ARTS

  • Concentrates on diverse research traditions to identify and explain the social, behavioural, and biological determinants of health, wellness, and disease.
  • Introduces students to an interdisciplinary approach to the social and biological factors that determine health and disease.
  • Students will learn the basic elements of health policy processes and be able to identify and describe the major institutional players in health policy, both domestically and internationally. They will understand the basic structure, organization, and financing principles of contemporary health care systems.
  • Students will acquire the statistical, imaging, and qualitative research skills necessary for problem solving and critical thinking in the areas of epidemiology, health care, planning, and community-health needs assessments.

Bachelor of SCIENCE

  • Provides foundational skills and knowledge to understand the cellular, molecular, and behavioural mechanisms that underlie health and disease.
  • Those desiring leadership roles of health research positions will use the degree as a stepping-stone to further education. Goals might include graduate programs at the Master's and Doctorate level, professional development programs for teaching, or entry into medical schools and other health professions.
  • Introduces students to an interdisciplinary approach to the biological and social determinants of health and disease, especially infectious and environmental diseases.
  • Exposes students to laboratory skills comparable to those from biomedical science programs.
  • They will exhibit employable skills such as problem solving, medical statistical and computational skills, communication and organizational skills, honed within the practical framework of knowledge and concepts in molecular biology, immunology, toxicology, epidemiology, and public and population health.

Teaching Methods

Bachelor of ARTS

  • Courses use interactive lectures, featuring group discussion, problem based learning, and originating research proposals.
  • Some core courses are team-taught by faculty from a range of disciplines. Students meet in small tutorial groups, facilitating contact with faculty experts in the area.
  • The BA program offers courses with experiential education where students apply health communication and promotion theories in coordination with local communities.

Bachelor of SCIENCE

  • The BSc program features hands-on laboratory experience.  Upper division laboratory courses in health sciences offer unique opportunities to perform experiments in toxicology, pharmacology, virology and immunology. Quantitative computer modeling laboratories, for example involving GIS, spatial statistics, and population databases are also available.
  • Courses offer opportunities for group work, case-based learning,  developing research proposals, and quantitative reasoning.

For detailed program description, including course requirements:

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