Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences

The BA in Health Sciences incorporates multidisciplinary approaches to the study of health, illness, and disease in human communities. The program draws upon the biological, social, behavioural, and policy sciences, and focuses on the determinants of health, health promotion, disease prevention, health care systems and health policy.

After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, students will possess the knowledge and skills to:

  • Draw on multiple disciplines and research traditions to identify and explain the social, behavioural, and biological determinants of health, wellness, and disease in communities and populations
  • Understand that health is an outcome of factors that occur on many levels, ranging from the social and cultural context to cellular and intracellular processes
  • Understand and be able to apply the core principles of health promotion and disease prevention to specific health problems in the community
  • Know the basic elements of the health policy processes and be able to identify and describe the major institutional players in health policy, both domestically and internationally
  • Understand how health needs, and perceptions of health needs, as well as the organizational and social structures through which health services are delivered and received, vary cross-culturally
  • Understand the basic structure, organization, and financing principles of contemporary health care systems; and
  • 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.

Core courses emphasize critical thinking and interdisciplinary learning. Some core courses are team-taught by faculty from a range of disciplines. Students meet in small tutorial groups, facilitating contact with faculty who are experts in the area and offering increased opportunity for class participation.

Core courses span the following areas

  • Social, environmental, behavioural, and biological determinants of health
  • Measurement of health, illness, and disease
  • Foundations of human biology
  • Statistics and research methods (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Health policy and health care systems
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Health technology
  • Bioethics