Undergraduate programs

The Faculty of Health Sciences is geared towards solving human health problems with an interdisciplinary "cell to society" approach. We offer two unique undergraduate degrees that incorporate multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of health, illness and disease: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. Both of these programs equip students with training in core principles of Health Sciences and interdisciplinary interaction. Students choose their degree program based on their interest in social science (BA), quantitative (BSc, PH&D) or biological science (BSc, LS) to investigate these problems. Students emerge from the program as competent in their respective disciplinary areas, and equipped to collaborate with people trained in other disciplines.

Undergraduates in each program will study core areas, including environmental impacts on global health; how health policy is made; health ethics, and social determinants of health. The BSc program also equips students with lab skills, equivalent to a basic biomedical science program.

International exchange opportunities are available for both programs, as well as a partnership with Langara College that enables students to complete the first two years of their program at Langara 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.

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

  • Chronic and Infectious Diseases
  • 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