Applied Health Sciences (BASc)
Experience and Career Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you and learning about the many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world. There are so many opportunities to learn, lead, and embrace new opportunities all while having an exceptional student experience.

In this Guide

Learn the many ways you can extend your classroom experience to the real world.

Your Year-to-Year Experience

Enhance your academic experience by learning about the opportunities available in your program.

Explore Co-Curricular Experiences

Participate in co-curricular experiences to complement your Laurier
academic journey and gain meaningful learning opportunities.

As a Applied Health Sciences student, you can: 

  • Join student clubs such as the Health Studies Student Association and build leadership skills through joining an executive team.
  • Connect with local health organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities. This will help build your resumé for graduate school, professional health program applications and job opportunities.

Outside of your program, there are many co-curricular opportunities for you to participate in. 

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge. See undergraduate options, minors and courses for more information.

  • Criminology minor
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity minor
  • Leadership option
  • Physical Forensics minor
  • Psychology minor

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

As a Laurier student, you will develop the following competencies through your curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Competency Framework

Competencies are categories of transferrable skills that appear on your online Experience Record to help you reflect on what you've learned from your experiences. The competencies include: 

  • Adaptability and Resiliency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Digital Literacy
  • Diversity and Intercultural Understanding
  • Functional Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional Attributes
  • Self-Awareness

Functional Knowledge

  • Understand how biological processes, environmental quality, social status, health care services and government policies affect individual and community health.
  • Use class and hands-on lab work to develop critical knowledge about human biology as it relates to disease processes, including anatomy and physiology, virology and immunity.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Canadian health care system including institutions, jurisdiction and funding as well as workplace health and safety regulations.
  • Develop knowledge of epidemiology and the factors that govern the measurement and analysis of heath and disease in populations.
  • 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 applied health research including research design, sampling, experiments and surveys.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Discover Career Options

All your experiences at Laurier can help you prepare for your future. Attend Career Centre events and workshops or book a career consulting appointment to explore career and further education options.

Pursuing Further Education

21 Brantford Health Program respondents from the 2022 Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by the Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

Alumni Careers and Pathways

Sample Further Education Programs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s Degree - Business Administration, Public Health
  • College Program - Massage Therapy
  • Bachelor’s Degree - Education
  • University Diploma - Public Health

Sample Jobs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • clinic lead
  • medical administrator
  • public health officer
  • research assistant
  • shift supervisor

Careers Of Alumni Two to Five Years After Graduation

  • diagnostic medical sonographer
  • emergency management assistant
  • epidemiologist
  • patient care specialist
  • policy analyst
  • research coordinator

Career Options and Resources

Need some guidance on what you can do with your degree? Discover some career options and find resources to help guide you. 

Career and Industry Options

  • clinical research
  • community outreach
  • dietetics
  • epidemiology
  • government
  • health and safety
  • health policy
  • health research
  • healthcare/rehabilitation
  • informatics
  • insurance
  • long-term care
  • mental health
  • non-profit/advocacy
  • occupational therapy
  • pharmacology
  • public health
  • social service
  • wellness education

Your Experiences Tell Your Story

Share your story through your Laurier Experience Record. An interactive, shareable and official record of your hands-on experiences and learning opportunities at Laurier – the first of its kind in Canada!

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