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Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • addictions counsellor
  • autism therapist
  • clinical coordinator
  • community engagement specialist
  • community health educator
  • corporate wellness specialist
  • environmental health specialist
  • epidemiologist
  • health and safety coordinator
  • health care administrator
  • health care recruiter
  • health educator/promoter
  • health information specialist
  • health planner
  • intake/referral coordinator
  • medical claims adjudicator
  • mental health worker
  • outreach worker
  • patient care administrator
  • pharmaceutical sales agent
  • policy analyst
  • research associate
  • social worker
  • volunteer coordinator

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • assisted living centres
  • commercial wellness centres
  • community care access centres
  • fertility centres
  • fitness and recreational centres
  • government
  • health advocacy organizations
  • health research centres
  • hospitals/medical offices
  • insurance companies
  • local health integration networks
  • long-term care facilities
  • public health agencies
  • social service agencies
  • workplace safety boards

Laurier Grads are Successful

Laurier Graduate Survey Results (2019)

Respondents from the Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

12 Community Health (BA) Graduates:

  • Employed: 46.2%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 46.2%
  • Other: 7.7%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • educational assistant
  • health and safety associate
  • medical assessment coordinator
  • wellness coordinator

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Occupational Therapy.
  • College program: Behavioural Sciences, Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Bachelor's degree: Social Work.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • clinical epidemiologist
  • environmental, health and safety coordinator
  • health research and policy analyst
  • hearing instrument specialist
  • program and volunteer coordinator
  • recreation manager
  • regional clinical administrator

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

At Laurier, develop these competencies through both curricular and co-curricular opportunities to help you achieve your goals for the future.

Functional Knowledge

  • Develop a comprehensive view of health and health care by utilizing an interdisciplinary perspective to understand the social, biological and environmental causes of illness.
  • Develop knowledge of the Canadian health care system including governance, institutions, jurisdiction and funding.
  • Think critically about medicine, technology and health care systems.
  • Understand how health encourages and supports the pursuit of social justice at the local and international level.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of health care management, policies and political structures.
  • Study long-term trends in health and disease as well as the impact of epidemic disease on societies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of epidemiology and the factors that govern the measurement and analysis of health and disease in populations.
  • Assess the impact of diversity and inter-cultural communications on health care systems.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Collaboration & Teamwork

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication

  • Find, evaluate, synthesize and clearly communicate research findings in oral and written formats.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

  • Develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of contemporary challenges, issues and trends related to health and health care.
  • Conduct effective research and critically evaluate health-related information.
  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • biostatistician
  • chiropractor
  • epidemiologist
  • health and safety coordinator
  • health educator/promoter
  • massage therapist
  • midwife
  • naturopath
  • nurse
  • occupational therapist
  • physician
  • physiotherapist
  • public health analyst/planner
  • public health inspector
  • public health program manager

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • assisted living centres
  • commercial wellness centres
  • community care access centres
  • fertility centres
  • fitness and recreational centres
  • government
  • health advocacy organizations
  • health research centres
  • hospitals/medical offices
  • insurance companies
  • local health integration networks
  • long-term care facilities
  • public health agencies
  • social service agencies
  • workplace safety boards

Laurier Grads are Successful

Laurier Graduate Survey Results (2019)

Respondents from the Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

7 Public Health (BASc) Graduates:

  • Employed: 20.0%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 80.0%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • educational assistant
  • medical receptionist
  • registered pharmacy technician
  • wellness coordinator

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Doctor: Naturopathic Medicine.
  • JD: Law.
  • Master’s degree: Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Sciences, Public Health.
  • College program: Sonography, Health Administration, Human Resources, Mental Health and Disability Management.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education.

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers identify these competencies as very important when recruiting entry-level candidates. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Understand how biology, environmental quality, social status, health care services and government policies affect individual and community health.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Canadian health care system including institutions, jurisdiction and funding as well as workplace health and safety regulations.
  • Understand health promotion theory and practice in Canada and how to plan, execute and manage public health programs.
  • Develop knowledge of epidemiology and the factors that govern the measurement and analysis of heath and disease in populations.
  • Maintain a strong knowledge of the fundamentals in biology and chemistry, and how they relate to human anatomy and physiology.
  • Learn about strategies to prevent, control, investigate and manage infectious disease outbreaks in communities.
  • Develop an awareness of data collection and analysis methods used in public health including research design, sampling, experiments and surveys.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Collaboration/Teamwork 

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication 

  • Find, evaluate, synthesize and clearly communicate research findings in oral and written formats.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem Solving 

  • Develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of contemporary challenges, issues and trends related to health and health care.
  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.