Health Studies (BA)
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 Health Studies student, you can:

  • Join student clubs such as the Health Studies Student Association and build leadership skills through joining an executive team.

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.

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

  • 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 the roles of equality and justice as they pertain to health.
  • 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.

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 - Applied Disability Studies
    College Program - Addictions and Mental Health
    Bachelor’s Degree - Education

Sample Jobs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • direct support professional
  • operations specialist
  • personal support worker
  • program assistant
  • rehabilitation assistant
  • student experience advisor

Careers Of Alumni Two to Five Years After Graduation

  • behaviour therapist
  • case manager
  • clinical/quality coordinator
  • human resources advisor
  • long-term care administrator
  • patient service representative
  • pharmaceutical specialist
  • project 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

  • communications
  • community outreach
  • education
  • epidemiology
  • government
  • health and safety
  • health and wellness
  • health policy
  • healthcare/rehabilitation
  • human resources
  • insurance
  • long-term care
  • medical writing
  • mental health
  • non-profit/advocacy
  • public health
  • research
  • social service

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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