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

First Year

  • HS1001A - Personal Determinants of Health
  • HS1001B - Personal Determinants of Health
  • HS1002B - Social Determinants of Health

Second Year

  • HS2110B - Resilience and the Creation of Wellbeing
  • HS2244 - Women And Health
  • HS2250A - Health Promotion
  • HS2300A - Functional Human Gross Anatomy
  • HS2300B - Functional Human Gross Anatomy
  • HS2330A - Functional Human Gross Anatomy for Nursing Students
  • HS2610G - Introduction to Ethics and Health
  • HS2700A - Health Issues in Childhood and Adolescence
  • HS2711B - Health Issues in Aging
  • HS2801A - Research Methods in Health Science

Third Year

  • HS3025B - Integrative Health
  • HS3040B - Health Management
  • HS3050A - Health Related Quality of Life
  • HS3071A - Determinants of Health and Disease
  • HS3071B - Determinants of Health and Disease
  • HS3101A - Healthcare Law
  • HS3240B - Environmental Health Promotion
  • HS3300B - Anatomy of the Human Body: A Description of Systemic Structure and Function - Part II
  • HS3400A - Health Policy
  • HS3624A - Social Determinants of Mental Health
  • HS3624B - Social Determinants of Mental Health
  • HS3630F - Sexuality, Gender, and Health
  • HS3702A - The Aging Mind
  • HS3704B - Population Aging and Health
  • HS3801B - Measurement and Analysis In Health Sciences
  • HS3811G - Introduction Qualitative Health Research
  • HS3840B - Introduction to Health Economic Evaluation Methods
  • HS3910G - Fundamentals of Academic Communication in the Health Sciences

Fourth Year

  • HS4051G - Mental Health: Well-Being and Recovery
  • HS4074B - Physical Activity and Exercise in Older Adults
  • HS4120B - Social Media and Health
  • HS4200G - Advanced Health Promotion
  • HS4202A - Health Behaviour
  • HS4205A - Health Promotion in Practice
  • HS4208A - Understanding Stress
  • HS4250B - Population Health Interventions
  • HS4320B - Human Embryology, Development and Disease
  • HS4400B - Advanced Health Policy
  • HS4505G - Global Health: Inequality, Therapeutic Citizenship, and the Desire to Help
  • HS4620F - Foundations of Mental Health
  • HS4705B - Aging and Community Health
  • HS4721A - Aging and Marginalized Population
  • HS4740A - Chronic Disease Prevention And Management

Special Topics

  • HS3090A - Health in a Global Context
  • HS3090B 002 - Health in a Global Context
  • HS3093F 001 - Introduction to Health Informatics Within Nursing
  • HS3093F 002 - Introduction to Health Informatics Within Nursing
  • HS3093G 003 - Introduction to Health Informatics Within Nursing
  • HS3093G 004 - Introduction to Health Informatics Within Nursing
  • HS4091B - Public Health Law and Policy
  • HS4092F 001 - History and Ethics of Food
  • HS4092F 003 - Creative Healing

Rehabilitation Sciences

  • RS3060A - Health Conditions and Disease
  • RS3061B - Foundations in Rehabilitation Science
  • RS3125A - Enabling Health and Well-Being Through Occupation
  • RS3360B - Musculoskeletal Disorders in Rehabilitation
  • RS4212A - Innovations In Rehabilitation
  • RS4605A - Rehabilitation Psychology

Independent Study/Experiential Learning

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.