Curriculum and Courses Offered

A Bachelor of Health Sciences degree (BHSc) provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective of health and well-being, with professors drawn from a variety of traditional academic areas, including Anatomy, Epidemiology, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, Nursing, Rehabilitation Sciences and Kinesiology.

Our interdisciplinary curriculum provides a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue professional training in medicine, or rehabilitation sciences (such as, speech pathology, physical therapy, or occupational therapy). It also provides an excellent background for students interested in careers or master's-level education in areas of health promotion, health policy, gerontology, bioethics, or health measurement.


The School of Health Studies is based on a holistic view of health and wellness. Health is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". WHO further states that "health is seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities".

Health is an essential part of wellness. Wellness refers to a positive state of human flourishing that includes the physical, mental (e.g. psycho/social), and spiritual/moral dimensions of the human experience.

The School reflects a commitment to understanding health and wellness and the changing health needs of society.


  1. To develop in students an appreciation for the holistic nature of health and wellness.
  2. To expose students to a variety of concepts and issues in health and wellness, and enable them to develop expertise and skill in selected areas of interest.
  3. To inspire students to think critically, reflectively and creatively on health-related issues, and to make decisions on the basis of evidence, ethics and values.

View programs and modules offered by The School of Health Studies.

Listed below are the most recent courses offered by the School of Health Studies. Course outlines are draft only and subject to change. Outlines will be posted as they become available. Course outlines from previous academic years are available by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.


Fall/Winter Courses

  • HS1001A - Personal Determinants of Health
  • HS1001B - Personal Determinants of Health
  • HS1002B - Social Determinants of Health
  • HS2000A - Highway to Health
  • HS2244 - Women and Health
  • HS2250A - Health Promotion
  • HS2300A - Systemic Approach to Functional Anatomy
  • HS2300B - Systemic Approach to Functional Anatomy
  • HS2330A - Systemic and Functional Human Anatomy
  • HS2610G - Introduction to Ethics and Health
  • HS2700A - Health Issues in Childhood and Adolescence
  • HS2711B - Health Issues in Aging
  • HS2801A - Research Methods in Health Sciences
  • HS3002B - Health Occupations
  • HS3025A - Integrative Health
  • HS3040A - Health Management
  • HS3050A - Health Related Quality of Life
  • HS3101A - Healthcare Law
  • HS3240B - Environmental Health Promotion
  • HS3262G - Cross-Cultural Mental Illness
  • HS3300B - Anatomy of the Human Body: A Description of Systemic Structure & Function Part II
  • HS3400A - Health Policy
  • HS3630F - Sexuality, Gender and Health
  • HS3701B - The Aging Body
  • HS3702A - The Aging Mind
  • HS3704B - Population Aging and Health
  • HS3801B - Measurement & Analysis in Health Sciences
  • HS3811G - Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • HS3820B - Personal Constructions of Health
  • HS3840B - Introduction to Health Economics
  • HS4051G - Mental Health and Well-Being
  • HS4074B - Guidelines for Physical Activity & Exercise in Older Adults
  • HS4120B - Social Media and Health
  • HS4200G - Advanced Health Promotion
  • HS4202A - Health Behaviour
  • HS4205A - Health Promotion in Practice
  • HS4208B - Understanding Stress
  • HS4220G - Health Issues Among Marginalized Populations
  • HS4250A - Population Health Intervention
  • HS4320A - Human Embryology
  • HS4400B - Advanced Health Policy
  • HS4705B - Aging and Community Health
  • HS4710B - Palliative & End of Life Care
  • HS4711A - Gerontology in Practice
  • HS4721A - Aging and Marginalized Populations
  • HS4740A - Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Special Topics

  • HS3090A - Health in a Global Context
  • HS3090B - Health in a Global Context
  • HS3091B - Aging Globally
  • HS3093F - Intro to Health Informatics
  • HS3093G - Intro to Health Informatics
  • HS4090B - Memory
  • HS4092F - History of Ethics and Food

Rehabilitation Sciences

  • RS3060A - Health Conditions and Disease
  • RS3061B - Foundations in Rehabilitation Science
  • RS3062B - Functional Neuroscience for Special Populations
  • RS3125A - Enabling Health & Well-Being Through Occupation
  • RS3360B - Musculoskeletal Disorders in Rehabilitation Sciences
  • RS4212A - Innovations in Rehabilitation
  • RS4605A - Rehabilitation Psychology
  • RS4970E - Conceptual and Practical Basis for Rehabilitation Practice

Independent Study/Experiential Learning

  • HS4990F - Independent Study
  • HS4991G - Independent Study
  • HS4995F - Health Practicum
  • HS4996G - Health Practicum
  • RS4970E - Rehabilitation Science Practicum

Previous Academic Years

If the course outline you are looking for is not listed below, please contact Student Central. Course descriptions are not available through the School of Health Studies. To request course descriptions, please contact the Office of the Registrar.