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If you are interested in the area of health this may be the program for you! The B.A. & Sc. Health Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the issue of health and wellness from a variety of perspectives that range from the subjective to the social and natural worlds. That is, health and wellness are understood as a function of individual factors within systems, such as biology, genetics, personality, and psychology, as well as from the perspective of the individual in context. Thus, the program provides perspectives on how cultural, social, and environmental contexts influence the health and well-being of the individual, and that are, in turn, influenced by the individual.


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Bachelor of Arts and Science - Health Studies

  • B.A.& Sc. Four-year
  • B.A.& Sc. Honours

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What is Health Studies?

Health Studies is a unique and interdisciplinary undergraduate program that draws from the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities/fine arts. The program is organized around a set of core courses, which all students in the program will take.

The program identifies a number of courses that address issues of health ranging from biological and genetic factors to psychological, cultural, and environmental ones. Within these courses, students are allowed considerable flexibility in choosing areas of study that are of interest to them, with half of the courses drawn from the Sciences and half from the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Health Studies: Is it for you?

  • The program is designed to include current pre-requisites for the study of medicine at the UofS College of Medicine. Furthermore, graduates will be considered by the College of Nursing for the possibility of admission to a Post Degree BSN program. The Departments of Psychology, Sociology, and Biology would consider graduates for admission to their graduate programs (in addition, graduates would likely be considered by other graduate programs in parallel disciplines at other universities).
  • The Health Studies program is organized around three streams of study, each of which recognises the interconnectedness of systems.  Students choose to concentrate in one of the following streams: (1) Biology, Development and Health concentrates on the biological and psychosocial processes influencing health; (2) Individual, Society and Health focuses on how the individual and interactions between the individual and others within the immediate societal setting affects health; (3) Culture, Environment and Health emphasizes the importance of cultural processes and environmental adaptation as factors affecting health.
  • The curriculum of the Health Studies program provides students with both in-depth exposure as well as breadth within and across streams. Students in all streams will have the opportunity to engage with the subject of health from a variety of approaches, encompassing positivist science, critical social science, as well as the interpretive humanities, using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
  • Graduates from the program will be prepared for employment in the diversifying field of health care.

Sample Classes

  • HLST 310: Theories and Applications in Health Studies
    This is a problem-based learning course. It will involve a detailed examination of theories and research aimed at understanding a range of health-related issues. The course will involve critical and interdisciplinary analyses of efforts to apply theory and research to address past and current health issues.
  • ACB 310: Basic Human Anatomy
    The anatomical organization of the human body will be examined from systemic and functional bases. The evolution and embryonic development of the human body will be considered wherever these shed light upon the organization of the human body.
  • PSY 260: Health Psychology
    Focuses on psychological theories and research related to the development, prevention and treatment of illness. Topics covered will include the effects of stress on health, coping with pain, the physician-patient relationship, patient non-compliance, and a variety of risky health behaviours such as substance abuse.

Career Opportunities

  • Health Educator
  • Health and Social Policy Developer and Program Administrator
  • Researcher
  • Health Care Worker
  • Social Services Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Public Administrator

Skill Sets Gained

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Computer skills
  • Communication skills: written and/or oral
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Interpreting research findings
  • Laboratory skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Research skills and methods
  • Technical skills

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