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Health Sciences Honours

Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Internal Transfer

Internal transfer allows students to transfer, within Simon Fraser University, from one faculty to another. Students can apply for internal transfer into the Faculty of Health Sciences with a minimum CGPA of 2.5, and completion of HSCI 130 and one of the following 200-level HSCI courses: HSCI 211-3, HSCI 212-3, HSCI 214-3, HSCI 215-3, or HSCI 216-3 with a minimum grade of C- in these courses.

Minimum Grades

A 3.0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and a 3.0 upper division grade point average (GPA) is required for entry and must be maintained to graduate. Students must complete at least 120 units as specified below.

For a course to be accepted as fulfilling a lower or upper division requirement, or for a prerequisite to a required course, a minimum grade of C- is required.

Program Requirements

For the bachelor of arts (BA) Health Science honours program, students complete 120 units, which includes:

  • at least 60 upper division units
  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 3.0

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete all of

HSCI 130 - Foundations of Health Science (4)

How health, illness and disease are defined and measured for individuals and populations. Research strategies used to identify how health, illness and disease are distributed across human populations and how environmental, socio-economic, demographic, biological, behavioural and political factors influence individual and population health. Breadth-Social Sci/Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Robert Hogg
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D102 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D103 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 3511, Burnaby
D104 Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D105 Tu 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
WMC 3511, Burnaby
D107 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10401, Burnaby
D108 Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
D109 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10401, Burnaby
D110 Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
F100 Germaine Tuyisenge
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3533, Burnaby
WMC 3533, Burnaby
F101 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
F102 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
P100 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SWH 9095, Burnaby
SWH 9095, Burnaby

and one of

BISC 101 - General Biology (4)

An introduction to the biochemical and physiological mechanisms of living organisms. Topics covered include cell structure and function, DNA replication and the flow of genetic information, enzyme function, metabolism and physiology of microorganisms, plants, and animals. Prerequisite: High school Biology 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or BISC 100 with C- or better, or BISC 113 with C+ or better, or HSCI 100 with C+ or better; and High school Chemistry 12 (or equivalent) with a C grade or better, or CHEM 111 with a C- or better. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kevin Lam
Norbert Haunerland
Edward Pokrishevsky
Megan Barker
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101 Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D102 Tu 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D103 Tu 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D105 We 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
AQ 5006, Burnaby
D106 We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Fr 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D107 We 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
Fr 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSB 8169, Burnaby
AQ 5005, Burnaby
D109 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D110 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D112 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Fr 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3250, Burnaby
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D113 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Fr 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
SSB 8169, Burnaby
D114 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Fr 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 4120, Burnaby
SSB 8169, Burnaby
HSCI 100 - Human Biology (3)

An examination of the biological processes that underlie human health and well-being, with emphasis on the evolutionary and ecological influences affecting human populations. Students with credit for BISC 101 may not take HSCI 100 for further credit. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nienke Van Houten
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
BLU 9660, Burnaby
SWH 10041, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
BLU 9021, Burnaby
D102 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D103 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
D104 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10401, Burnaby

and one of

SA 101 - Introduction to Anthropology (A) (4)

Anthropology asks fundamental questions about how people live and interact in different contexts. Engages with contemporary social life around the world, including the relations among people, ideas, and things. Provides analytical tools to help understand the role of culture and society in our lives. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Bascom Guffin
Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SWH 10041, Burnaby
D101 Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D102 Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D103 Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6100, Burnaby
D104 Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7100, Burnaby
D105 Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
D106 Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D107 Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D900 Bascom Guffin
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYC 3310, Surrey
D901 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3260, Surrey
D902 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3290, Surrey
D903 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 2980, Surrey
D904 Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SRYC 2980, Surrey
SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)

Explores how sociologists study, describe, and explain social life. Introduces the sociological perspective and applies it to fundamental social process and everyday issues. As we consider phenomena ranging from interactions among individuals to societal and global inequalities, students critically examine social issues to build their understanding of the world. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Suzanna Crage
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 7100, Burnaby
D102 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D103 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D104 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D105 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D106 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5046, Burnaby
D107 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 8105, Burnaby
D108 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D109 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D110 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 4140, Burnaby
D111 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 10051, Burnaby
D112 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D113 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D114 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7102, Burnaby
D115 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D900 Maureen Kihika
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SRYC 3310, Surrey
D901 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3120, Surrey
D902 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SRYC 3150, Surrey
D903 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 5320, Surrey
D904 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SRYC 5080, Surrey
D905 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SRYC 5320, Surrey
D906 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SRYC 5080, Surrey

and at least one additional HSCI 100 divsion course

and one of

STAT 201 - Statistics for the Life Sciences (3)

Research methodology and associated statistical analysis techniques for students with training in the life sciences. Intended to be particularly accessible to students who are not specializing in Statistics. Prerequisite: Recommended: 30 units. Students cannot obtain credit for STAT 201 if they already have credit for - or are taking concurrently - STAT 101, 203, 205, 285, or any upper division STAT course. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C900 Tim Swartz
Distance Education
D900 Gaitri Yapa
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SRYE 1002, Surrey
SRYE 1002, Surrey
OP09 TBD
STAT 203 - Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)

Descriptive and inferential statistics aimed at students in the social sciences. Scales of measurement. Descriptive statistics. Measures of association. Hypothesis tests and confidence intervals. Students in Sociology and Anthropology are expected to take SA 255 before this course. Intended to be particularly accessible to students who are not specializing in Statistics. Prerequisite: Recommended: 30 units including a research methods course such as SA 255, CRIM 220, POL 200, or equivalent. Students cannot obtain credit for STAT 203 if they already have credit for - or are taking concurrently - STAT 101, 201, 205, 285, or any upper division STAT course. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C900 Tim Swartz
Distance Education
D100 Gaitri Yapa
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
OP01 TBD

and at least four of

HSCI 211 - Perspectives on Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Metabolic Diseases (3)

An interdisciplinary overview of the major non-communicable diseases - cancers, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases - from a public health perspective. Review of biological mechanisms, risk factors, historical and cultural contexts, and global distribution. Prerequisite: HSCI 100 or BISC 101, HSCI 130.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Scott Lear
Tu 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
E101 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
E102 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10401, Burnaby
E103 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
E104 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
E105 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
E106 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
E107 We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
E108 We 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
BLU 10401, Burnaby
E109 We 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
E110 Mo 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
BLU 10401, Burnaby
HSCI 212 - Perspectives on Infectious and Immunological Diseases (3)

An integrated survey of infectious diseases and their social and economic causes and consequences. Infectious agents, including bacteria, protozoa, fungi and viruses -- how they spread, how they work, and how they can be stopped. Surveillance, prevention, and management of infectious diseases and epidemics. Prerequisite: HSCI 100 or BISC 101, HSCI 130.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nienke Van Houten
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
D101 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
BLU 9920, Burnaby
D102 Tu 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
D103 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 9920, Burnaby
D104 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
D105 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
BLU 11660, Burnaby
D107 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
D108 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
WMC 3511, Burnaby
D109 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
D110 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3511, Burnaby
D111 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
HSCI 214 - Perspectives on Mental Health and Illness (3)

An interdisciplinary overview of mental health and mental illness among populations. A review of the distribution and risk factors of mental illnesses as well as the historical and cultural context of their development. Prerequisite: HSCI 100 or BISC 101, HSCI 130.

HSCI 215 - Perspectives on Disability and Injury (3)

An interdisciplinary overview of injury and disability. Review of global distribution and risk factors. Examination of disability and injury across multiple levels of analysis. Prerequisite: HSCI 100 or BISC 101, HSCI 130.

HSCI 216 - Ecological Determinants of Human Growth, Development and Health (3)

Effects that social and ecological factors have on human growth, development and health. Challenges such as epidemics, natural catastrophes, industrialization, globalization, migration, poverty, war, global warming, etc, leading to evolution and adaptations. Relationships between socio-ecological challenges, their health consequences and related gene-population variations and effects on growth, development, sexual maturation, reproductive investment, and senescence and health. Prerequisite: HSCI 100 or BISC 101.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete all of

HSCI 304 - Perspectives on Human Health and the Environment (3)

Environmental risks and their impacts on human health. Chemical and biological hazards. Methodological approaches to their detection, assessment, management, and mitigation. Prerequisite: Two HSCI 200-level courses, one of which may be taken concurrently.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Cecilia Sierra Heredia
Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
HSCI 305 - The Canadian Health System (3)

A comparative analysis of the Canadian health care financing and delivery systems and policies. History, organizational principles, health care resources, costs, access to care, quality, and equity. Societal and political issues, threats and values that affect Canada's health care system and others around the world. Prerequisite: 60 units, including nine HSCI units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ruth Lavergne
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
HSCI 307 - Research Methods in Health Sciences (3)

Principles and applications in health sciences research methodology. Quantitative and qualitative methods. Research process and design. Appropriate approaches for diverse research questions. Research ethics, sources of data, sampling, measurement, data collection, initial data analysis techniques. Prerequisite: two HSCI 200 division courses, one of which may be taken concurrently.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Cecilia Sierra Heredia
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3260, Burnaby
D101 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
BLU 9920, Burnaby
D102 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
BLU 10401, Burnaby
D103 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10401, Burnaby
D104 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
D105 Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
BLU 10401, Burnaby
HSCI 312 - Health Promotion: Individuals and Communities (3)

Theoretical frameworks and their applications in health promotion and disease prevention. The development, implementation, and evaluation of programs aimed at individuals and communities in Canada and globally. Prerequisite: 60 units, including either HSCI 130 or BPK 140. Students with credit for HSCI 401 prior to fall 2010 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Laura Lee
Mo 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
BLU 9660, Burnaby
HSCI 319W - Applied Health Ethics (3)

Practical ethical and legal issues in health sciences, emphasizing population and public health. Case studies approach highlighting current ethical dilemmas and decision-making in the context of global to local legal frameworks. Prerequisite: 45 units including nine HSCI units, one of which must be a 200 division course. HSCI 319 is identical to PHIL 319 and students cannot receive credit for both courses. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Richard Veerapen
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10401, Burnaby
D102 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
D103 Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
BLU 10401, Burnaby
D104 Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
BLU 11401, Burnaby
D105 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
BLU 10401, Burnaby
HSCI 330 - Exploratory Strategies in Epidemiology (3)

The concepts and measurements of human population dynamics in epidemiological inference. Identification of causes and prevalence of disease. Demographic and molecular methodology to assess the determinants of health and disease. Prerequisite: nine HSCI units including one HSCI 200 division course and either STAT 302 or 305 which may be taken concurrently.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Scott Venners
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10041, Burnaby
HSCI 340 - Social Determinants of Health (3)

Social determinants of health and health inequities. Explores how and why the social advantages and disadvantages that people experience - based on their social position(s) and social circumstances - determine their health status and overall well-being. Prerequisite: 60 units and two HSCI 200-level courses, one of which may be taken concurrently.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Rodney Hunt
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10041, Burnaby

and one of

STAT 302 - Analysis of Experimental and Observational Data (3)

The standard techniques of multiple regression analysis, analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance, and their role in observational and experimental studies. This course may not be used to satisfy the upper division requirements of the Statistics major or honours program. Prerequisite: One of STAT 201, STAT 203, STAT 205, STAT 270, or BUEC 232. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C900 Tim Swartz
Distance Education
D100 Marie Loughin
Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
OP01 TBD
STAT 305 - Introduction to Biostatistical Methods for Health Sciences (3) *

Intermediate statistical techniques for the health sciences. Review of introductory concepts in statistics and probability including hypothesis testing, estimation and confidence intervals for means and proportions. Contingency tables and the analysis of multiple 2x2 tables. Correlation and regression. Multiple regression and model selection. Logistic regression and odds ratios. Basic concepts in survival analysis. This course may not be used to satisfy the upper division requirements of the Statistics major or honours program. Prerequisite: One of STAT 201, STAT 203, STAT 205, STAT 270, or BUEC 232. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
OP01 TBD

and at least 12 additional upper division HSCI units

and 9 to 12 units for a research-based honours thesis, carried out under the direction of a faculty supervisor including both of

HSCI 490 - Research Proposal (3)

Research proposal for the honours thesis. Limited to honours students upon written agreement of the faculty supervisor.

HSCI 492 - Honours Research Thesis (3)

Independent honours research thesis. Limited to honours students upon written agreement of the faculty supervisor. Prerequisite: One of HSCI 491, HSCI 493, HSCI 494.

and one of

HSCI 491 - Independent Research (3)

Research for the honours thesis. Limited to honours students upon written agreement of the faculty supervisor. Prerequisite: HSCI 490. Students with credit for HSCI 493 or HSCI 494 may not take HSCI 491 for further credit.

HSCI 493 - Extended Independent Research (6)

Independent research for the honours thesis. Three courses, HSCI 490-3, HSCI 492-3, and either 491-3, HSCI 493-6, or HSCI 494-9, together form the coursework for the honours thesis. This 6-credit option is for students who will devote about half time to their research during the semester. Limited to honours students upon written agreement of the faculty supervisor. Prerequisite: HSCI 490-3. Cannot get credit for HSCI 491-3 or HSCI 494.9.

NOTE: SFU students enrolled in the Accelerated Master's program within the Faculty of Health Sciences may apply a maximum of 10 graduate course units, taken while completing the bachelor's degree, towards the requirements of the master's degree and the requirements of the bachelor's degree. These graduate courses must be passed with a grade of B (3.0) or better in order to be used towards the requirements of the master's degree. For more information go to: https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/future/academicprograms/AcceleratedMasters.html.

* Recommended

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.