The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program has a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of health, wellness and illness. It offers students an understanding of health from biological, behavioural and population-based perspectives, through the integration of foundation and applied sciences.
Health Sciences is the only program in Ontario that draws on the full range of departments within health sciences, including clinical departments of medicine, pathology and molecular medicine, psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics. Exposure to health care practitioners and applied researchers will lend relevance and scope to the foundation sciences through class instruction, which will form the basis of the students’ experiences.
Health Sciences examines issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective with viewpoints derived from science, engineering, humanities, social sciences and business. The Faculty of Health Sciences is world-renowned for its teaching methods.
- unique interdisciplinary program
- McMaster is known internationally for expertise in the use of problem-based, self-directed learning and the development of leadership qualities
- integrative approach to the study of health related issues
- courses that use a variety of learning methods including Inquiry Seminars, designed to develop skills that will facilitate learning and effective participation in students’ university experience and future careers
- state-of-the-art Health Sciences Library
- small class size allowing for greater contact with professors and increased opportunity for class participation
- exciting curriculum over a four-year program
- Level IV students provide peer mentorship to support and guide students in first year inquiry
- Anatomy Lab – use of cadavers for the study of the human body
- Standardized Patients (actors trained to portray heath care scenarios) provide an interactive learning experience
OUAC Application Code: MNS
Target Enrollment: 200 students
Note: Admission to Health Sciences also requires the submission of a Supplementary Application, due: MID-FebRUARY, 2018
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Total: 30 units
Required: 21 units
- Health Sciences 1E06 – Inquiry
- Health Sciences 1G03 – Psychobiology
- Health Sciences 1I06 – Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Chemistry 1A03 – Introductory Chemistry I
- Chemistry 1AA3 – Introductory Chemistry II
- Health Sciences 4X03 – Collaboration and Peer Tutoring**
** Studies begin in 1st year, registration in 4th year
Electives: 9 units
Students have the opportunity to explore electives in many subject areas, which can be used to satisfy academic and career goals. Selected electives may lead to graduating with a minor in another subject.
Electives available in the BHSc stream:
Level II: 9 units
Level III: 18 units
Level IV: 12-21 units
Note: The unit value of a particular course is indicated by the last digit of the course code (e.g. 1A03 = 3 units).
Our graduates are diverse and find success in a variety of fields.
Health Research Methodology
Physician Assistant Program
Students proceed through the standard BHSc curriculum or enter one of the research specializations listed below.
Traditional co-op and internships opportunities are not available in the BHSc program, however, there are a number of experiential learning opportunities built into various Health Sciences courses.
- Project Courses
- Communication & Standardized Patients
- Engaging The City
Chemistry 1A03 Laboratory meets every other week.
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