Bachelor Health Sciences

Honours Bachelor in Health Sciences


The Honours Bachelor in Health Sciences program enables students to study health and its related components from an interdisciplinary perspective. 

This unique approach allows students to discover innovative ways to examine, measure and unravel complex health problems at all life stages, in Canada and around the world. These future health professionals will be challenged to understand biological, environmental and social factors, both in isolation and as interactive health determinants. 

Students will build on a biosciences foundation to integrate social and environmental health determinants in the study of health communication, disability and illness, and pharmacology.

Significant training in health research methodologies is provided through courses in statistics, quantitative and qualitative approaches to research, epidemiology and health program development and evaluation. This program also includes select opportunities to conduct research thesis projects.

  • Public or private health agencies
  • Non-governmental health organizations
  • Community health programs
  • Health policy researcher and consultant
  • Social and community service worker
  • Occupational health officer / inspector
  • HSS 1101 Determinants of Health
  • HSS 1100 Microbiology and Immunology
  • HSS 2102 Communication and Health
  • HSS 2305 Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
  • HSS 2381 Quantitative Methods in Health Sciences I
  • HSS 2321 Sociopolitical and Economic Perspectives in Health
  • HSS 2342 Nutritional Determinants of Health
  • HSS 3101 Health Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
  • HSS 3103 Experience of Illness, Impairment and Disability
  • HSS 3305 Pathophysiology of Health Problems
  • HSS 3106 Pharmacology: Mechanisms and Compliance
  • HSS 3303 Environment and Health
  • HSS 4102 Development of Health Problems throughout the Lifespan
  • HSS 4303 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • HSS 4101 Development and Evaluation of Health Programs
  • Interdisciplinary health sciences
  • Rehabilitation studies
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Epidemiology
  • Pharmacy
  • Biomedical research


  • The Faculty of Health Sciences offers exceptional practicum and career placement opportunities and is located close to government, industry leaders and a vast hospital network.
  • We are a cross-road of languages and cultures and the largest bilingual university in the world.
  • The University of Ottawa ranks among the top 2% of universities in the world and top 10 best universities in Canada, with state-of-the-art learning and research facilities, and a French Immersion Stream.
  • Our main campus is right in downtown Ottawa #BywardMarket.
  • A brand new light rail station right on campus with a transit pass included in your tuition fees.
  • Ottawa ranks 1st among Canadian cities for quality of life.


The application process for this program starts in the fall of the year before you intend to begin your studies. We encourage you to submit your application in advance of the posted deadlines. There are also many Scholarships and bursaries available that you may need to start looking into as some have early deadlines.

Please check the Deadlines page for programs in English and Dates limites page for the programs in French. Be sure to follow the admission steps according to your situation.



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