General Major: Health Sciences (12 courses)

Cognate Requirements: CHE-121; 122; MAT-201 or PSY-201; PHY-115 or 121; SCI-310

The general Health Sciences major is not recommended for students planning for graduate students or employment in Health Sciences.


Minor: Health Sciences (6 courses)

This minor is not available to Kinesiology or Physical Education majors.

Course Details

Determinants of Health

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 Canadian context, consideration is also given to global health issues and the role of Christians and Christian organizations in the pursuit of both health and wellness.

The Psychology of Health and Well-Being

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

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

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

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, although the instructor must approve all internships. The course may include a weekly seminar. See page 52 of the Academic Calendar for information on internships.

Year 4 standing

Independent Research Project

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 52 of the Academic Calendar.

Year 4 standing


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