What's the relationship between spiritual, emotional and physical health?
Study health and its impact on populations, and personal and societal health and well-being, preparing for alternative health streams such as nursing, midwifery, physical therapy, lab technology, and other post-graduate programs. Redeemer's Health Sciences Professional program provides an interdisciplinary study of health through biological and psychological concepts that are essential to understanding our physical and emotional selves.
Health Sciences Professional 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 - Professional 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…
Physical therapists provide better care when they understand the psychosocial and spiritual stories of their patients.
Lab technicians can communicate their findings more clearly when they know how to write persuasively.
Midwives have a deeper sense of compassion when they ground themselves in the narrative of Scripture.
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.
Katelyn Miller '12 accepted a position in primary care on Manitoulin Island.
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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.
The Psychology of Health and Well-Being HSC-327
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.
PSY-121 or 122
Principles of Epidemiology HSC-301
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.
MAT-201 or 215
Inquiry of Issues in Health HSC-342
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.
Biomedical Ethics HSC-440
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.
Year 3 or 4 standing
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.
Year 4 standing
Independent Research Project HSC-490
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.
Year 3 or 4 standing
There are two courses required for students pursuing a Professional Honours Major in the Health Sciences:
Grade 12 U Biology
Grade 12 U Chemistry
Applicants from Ontario will be considered for general undergraduate admission based on the following requirements: