Where do compassion, ethics and faith fit in modern science?
The concepts of health and disease have been shaped by the philosophical ideas and religious commitments that have influenced Western culture. Redeemer’s Pre-Medicine program helps students develop a biblical perspective on health, well-being, disease and medical ethics in addition to a comprehensive study of foundational topics and applicable skills to prepare for the MCAT exam and to apply to medical school.
Pre-Medicine is a Bachelor of Science degree program. It is offered as an honours major.
Right from the start, you will explore the scientific background of health sciences with courses in biology, chemistry and psychology. Courses include in-class lectures and hands-on experiences in the lab using a range of equipment and techniques.
Redeemer’s interdisciplinary Health Sciences - Pre-Medicine program studies the relevant issues and concepts impacting human health today and asks questions in light of a Reformed Christian worldview. Learning about the factors that impact human health and well-being prepares you to exemplify Christian compassion, integrity, and respect to those who are unwell, disabled, chronically ill, or mentally ill.
The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and get you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…
Courses like Determinants of Health, Inquiry of Issues in Health, and Biomedical Ethics will focus on developing your critical thinking, analytical, and scientific writing skills. Small classes taught by dedicated professors who are experts in their field mean you will conduct and critically assess research as you review the methods, concepts and findings of contemporary medical researchers and experiments.
Students in the Health Sciences have access to different facilities to give opportunities for practice and hands-on learning. In the pathology lab, students and faculty can safely and professionally study bacteria and viruses and the response of immune systems to them. The human kinetics lab provides space and biomeasurement systems for students and faculty to take on sophisticated monitoring of the impacts of aging, blood flow and physical activity.
Participate in an internship in an applied or research setting related to health and well-being to gain work experience, mentorship and networking opportunities with professionals.
While taking part in a course with Oxford University, Jessica Khalil learned that the art of debating is not only necessary for a career, but for our Christian calling.
Two new Redeemer faculty members discuss integrating faith and learning.
As part of a year-long water quality study in Hamilton’s Chedoke Creek, student Masozi Palata is using DNA analysis to identify the source of fecal contamination in...
The Science Research Fellowship, which allowed high school students to contribute to university-level research with Redeemer faculty, was a major success.
$400,000 in donations dedicated to a new pathology research lab, a new aquatic toxicology lab, a renewed chemistry lab and an expanded human kinetics lab
This summer, Redeemer continues to invest in experience-enhanced learning by offering a one-week intensive science research fellowship for high school students.
With pre-medicine and professional streams, the Health Sciences program is preparing students for the ever-expanding health-care field.
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This course gives an overview of the various personal and social determinants that influence the health of individuals, communities, and nations. The environmental, psychological, spiritual, and biological factors are explored alongside social policy and its role in directing the health of populations. While largely from a perspective of local and global health issues, consideration is also given to the role of Christians/
Christian organizations in the pursuit of health and wellness.
Epidemiology is the study of disease in human populations. In this course, students will learn about the nature and uses of epidemiology, assessments of health outcomes, and about the breadth of study designs used to address various health problems. They will explore how epidemiology can be used to determine causes of diseases, disease-related associations with various risk factors, and how this impacts the
practice of medicine. Ethical issues in epidemiology will also be discussed.
An examination of the psychological aspects of health and illness. This course examines psychosocial, behavioural, and biomedical processes in the prevention of illness and the promotion of health and well-being (physical, psychological, and spiritual). The emphasis will be on theory-based psychological research
and on the practice of health psychology. Selected topics to be explored include: the psychophysiological disorders, attitudes and behaviours which promote good health, the relationship between stress and disease, coping with stress, understanding and coping with pain and illness, lifestyle and risk factors in various medical disorders.
This course will explore the cutting-edge research that informs on current issues in the health field. By examining primary biomedical literature, students will develop the skills necessary to perform effectively as a health researcher. This course is problem-based; it is skill-driven rather than content-driven and focuses on the development of skills that are widely sought in university graduates–the ability to research and analyze detailed problems and to communicate clearly and persuasively. This course will involve interdependent and independent small group learning. Collectively, the class will ask questions that will explore the topics from multiple perspectives, while also learning to assess the quality of the information being examined.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the relatively young field of bioethics. Topics include procreative technologies including in vitro fertilization, the creation and manipulation of human embryos for research, genetic testing and interventions, and end-of-life issues including euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Some of these issues will be addressed in light of various ethical theories that have been influential among both Christian and non-Christian bioethicists.
A one-term training experience (120 hours) in health sciences, in any setting that is connected to health and wellness. The internship is designed to give students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills outside the classroom. The internship may also assist students in making career decisions. Students are encouraged to seek out their own placements but approval is required. The course may include a weekly
seminar. See page 61 of the Academic Calendar for information on internships.
Students will work independently on a major research project in the health sciences. The research project may be either an extensive and critical review of the literature, a meta-analysis, or an experiment on a topic chosen in collaboration with the instructor. The class will meet regularly to share progress and brainstorm difficulties.. For more information on setting up an independent research project see page 61 of the Academic Calendar.
An introduction to key topics in the history and philosophy of Western science. The course explores how scientific ideas (in the past and now) are situated historically and culturally, are informed by worldviews, and shape worldviews.
There are three courses required for students pursuing a Pre-Medicine Honours Major in the Health Sciences:
Applicants from Ontario will be considered for general undergraduate admission based on the following requirements: