Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.
Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science in Public Health
The Honours BASc in Public Health consists of 20.0 credits, of which not more than 7.0 may be at the 100 level.
Students must complete 13.0 credits including all required courses (10.0 credits), plus a minimum of 1.5 additional Public Health credits, and 1.5 additional Community Health credits.
All students in the program must complete the Foundations curriculum (2.0 credits): BF190, BF199, BF290, BF299.
Note: For any academic concerns or help understanding program requirements, contact Academic Advising.
Required Courses: (10.0 credits)
- BI110: Unifying Life Processes
- BI111: Biological Diversity and Evolution
- BI236: Cell and Molecular Biology
- CH110: Fundamentals of Chemistry I
- CH111: Fundamentals of Chemistry II
- HS200: Social Determinants of Health
- HS201: Canadian Health Care Systems
- HS202: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
- HS204: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
- HS207: An Introduction to Public Health
- HS220: Epidemiology and Public Health
- HS300: Infection and Immunity
- HS301: Occupational Health and Safety
- HS314: Health Promotion
- HS321: Health Care Evaluation
- HS322: Health Policy: Social and Political Forces in Health Care Systems
- HS324: Biostatistics
- HS401*: Current Developments in Health Studies or HS402*: Health Studies Practicum
- HS409: Infection Control and Prevention
Additional Public Health Courses
A minimum of 1.5 credits selected from:
- CH202: Organic Chemistry I: Fundamentals
- HS206: Genetics and the Human Genome
- HS303: Environment and Health
- HS304: Nutrition and Metabolism
- HS308: Parasitology for Public Health
- HS315: Pathophysiology
- HS326: Human Pharmacology
- HS340: Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology
Additional Community Health Courses
Aminimum of 1.5 credits selected from:
- HS203: Disease and Society
- HS208: Autism: Individual and Social Issues across the Spectrum
- HS219: Critical Disabilities Studies
- HS227: Aging: Realities and Myths
- HS312: Mental Health and Justice
- HS329: Global Health and Social Justice
- HS250: Medicalization
- HS266: Health and Nutrition
- HS302: Issues in Mental Health
- HS305: Development of the Health Professions
- HS307: Child and Youth Health
- HS325: Qualitative Methods in Health Research
- HS331: Gerontology
- HS344: Health and Gender
- HS346: An Introduction to Chinese Medicine
- HS347: The Body
- HS405: Special Topics in Health
- HS408: Health and Social Theory: Health, Illness and Medicine as Culture
- HS410: Death and Dying
- HS411: Critical Perspectives on Sexuality, Health and Society
- HS412: Directed Studies
- PP217: Medical Ethics
- For progression and graduation, a minimum cumulative overall GPA of 6.0 is required.
- Students who successfully completed all credits of the program (20.0), but who cannot graduate because their GPA is insufficient, have the option of receiving a General Bachelor of Arts and Science degree if they have achieved a minimum cumulative overall GPA of 4.00.
- Students in Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science in Public Health are excluded from completing the Community Health minor.
How Foundations Works with Health Studies Programs
If you are in a Health Studies program at Laurier Brantford, Foundations courses are part of your degree requirements. You cannot graduate without finishing the four Foundations courses.
Because the following two courses will probably help you most with your second-year Health Studies courses, we strongly recommend that you complete them in your first year. Senior-level Heath Studies courses may hold you accountable for the material covered in these courses.
- BF290: Academic Literacy: Social Sciences: This course will give you a basic introduction to how research is conducted in the social sciences, and Health Studies methods courses build upon the foundation offered in BF290. You will learn how to find, critically assess, and discuss social science research. This will be helpful in your senior-level Health Studies courses as you engage more with primary research and write your own research summaries.
- BF190: Modernity and the Contemporary World: This course will introduce you to some of the key concepts that have shaped political debate in the “Western” and global world since the 19th century. With a solid grounding in the history of modern thought, you will be better equipped to understand critical concepts in health studies, particularly as they relate to the social determinants of health and the organization of health care systems.
The following two courses, to be taken in your second year, will make you a better scholar, and can help you better engage in any course you take.
- BF299: Academic Literacy: Humanities: This course will help you read more carefully, discern and form better arguments, and write clearer, sharper, better-organized essays. Being a strong writer and communicator will help you with the assignments in all your senior-level courses, and it is an important life skill.
- BF199: Modernity: Critique and Resistance: This course, the successor to BF190, will introduce you to some of the concepts and issues that face the contemporary world. Much health studies research comes from a desire to better understand how individuals’ health status is influenced by social processes, and this course will provide context for some of the issues that those employed in the health and social services sector are concerned with.