Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc)


Shannon Wagner, Professor and Chair

Henry Harder, Professor
Ranjana Bird, Professor
Sarah de Leeuw, Associate Professor
Luke Harris, Associate Professor
Peter MacMillian, Associate Professor
Margot Parkes, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair
Kevin Smith, Associate Professor
Chelsea Pelletier, Assistant Professor
Mamdouh Shubair, Assistant Professor
Sandra Allison, Adjunct Professor
Russ Callaghan, Adjunct Professor
Darby Eakins, Adjunct Professor
Anne George, Adjunct Professor
Candida Graham, Adjunct Professor
Josée Lavoie, Adjunct Professor
Sheona Mitchell, Adjunct Professor
Geoffrey Payne, Adjunct Professor
Tammy Klassen-Ross, Instructor
Sarah Hewko, Senior Lab Instructor
Anne Sommerfeld, Senior Lab Instructor

The Bachelor of Health Sciences degree is a four-year program consisting of a range of courses that relate directly to the science of health, in the recognition that health is a complex entity defying a simple explanation or a single disciplinary perspective.  The courses identified within the School of Health Sciences offer learning opportunities from a variety of disciplines, including the life sciences, social sciences, behavioural sciences, and ethics and law, to enable students to develop a body of knowledge and understanding relating to the dimensions of health.  Some of these courses are considered to be ‘core’ and therefore central to the basic understandings of health, while others offer the student opportunities to learn about a specific health perspective that is focused on one of three Majors:

i) Biomedical Studies,
ii) Community and Population Health-Environmental Health, or,
iii) Community and Population Health-Aboriginal and Rural Health.

Graduation from either of the Community and Population Health Majors enables students to embark on careers or graduate programs related to health care management, administration, information systems or public health.

Students pursuing the Biomedical Studies Major are required to complete a set of courses that enables them to be prepared for application to professional programs such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, dentistry, speech pathology or physiotherapy.  This major provides a foundational, multidisciplinary knowledge base that is focused on the natural,  physical, and social sciences, and includes population health and research methodology. Students interested in other fields requiring extensive biomedical laboratory skill smay enroll in the degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCMB).

All students graduating with the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree will have developed critical analytical skills, life-long learning skills, and the ability to work from the evident of best practice.  


General Requirements

To be awarded the BHSc degree, students are required to complete 122 credit hours of University-level courses consisting of 64 credit hours of common requirements for all BHSc students, with the remainder coming from the following Majors, and electives:

  • Biomedical Studies: Students take 34 credit hours of courses from the Biomedical Studies Major and  24 elective credit hours.

  • Community and Population Health - Aboriginal and Rural Health:  Students take 21 credit hours from the common course requirements for both Community and Population Health Majors, as well as a minimum of 12 credit hours (6 specified, 6 with some choice) in Aboriginal and Rural Health-related courses.  The remaining 25 credit hours are obtained from elective credit hours.

  • Community and Population Health - Environmental Health:  Students take 21 credit hours from the common course requirements for both Community and Population Health Majors, as well as a minimum of 12 credit hours (6 specified, 6 with some choice) in Environmental Health-related courses. The remaining  25 credit hours are obtained from elective credit hours.

Students enrolling in Health Sciences courses with prerequisites are required to have completed all prerequisite courses for those courses with a C or better, or have permission to enroll from the School Chair.

To change BHSc majors, students must apply through Student Advising.  

Admission Requirement

Admission to the Bachelor of Health Sciences program is based on academic qualifications and available space.  At the time of application, students must specify whether they intend to pursue either the Biomedical Studies Major or one of the two Community and Population Health Majors.  Priority admission is given to students who meet admission criteria and apply by the deadline of February 1.  Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed based on available space in the program.  Self-identified Aboriginal applicants who meet or exceed the minimum requirements for admission to the program are given priority for up to twenty percent (20%) of the first-year seats for the Bachelor of Health Sciences program.

Applicants from BC and Yukon secondary schools must:

  • Meet the basic UNBC admission requirements, and

  • Have completed Principles of Mathematics 11 or Pre-Calculus 11, Chemistry 11, Biology 12, English 12 and other approved Grade 12 courses as specified in the Admissions sections of the Undergraduate Calendar with a minimum of 70% in each course.

Other Applicants must:

  • Meet UNBC admission requirements, and

  • Have completed the equivalent of Principles of Mathematics 11, Chemistry 11, Biology 12, English 12, and other approved Grade 12 courses as specified in the Admissions section of the Undergraduate Calendar with a minimum of 70% in each course.

Students interested in specializing in the Biomedical Studies Major are strongly encouraged to take Pre-Calculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12, and Chemistry 12 before entering the Program.

Common Requirements:  All Majors

In order to meet the graduation requirements for a BHSc all students must successfully complete the following common requirements consisting of 64 credit hours.  It is recommended that students take the courses listed below in the year of study indicated:

Effective September 2015

1st year - 20 credit hours

BIOL 103-3Introductory Biology I
BIOL 104-3Introductory Biology II
BIOL 123-3Introductory Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 124-1Introductory Biology II Laboratory
FNST 100-3The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
HHSC 101-3Introduction to Health Science I:  Issues and Controversies
HHSC 103-3Health Care Systems
HHSC 105-3Functional Anatomy

2nd year - 18 credit hours

BIOL 203-3Microbiology

HHSC 201-3  

Ethics and Law in Health Care

HHSC 311-3 

Nutrition

Psychology as a Science
Psychology and Human Science

Basic Statistics

    or ECON 205-3        

Statistics for the Social and Management Sciences

3rd year - 17 credit hours

FNST 302-3   

First Nations Health and Healing

Human Physiology I
Human Physiology I Lab
Human Physiology II
Human Physiology II Lab

HHSC 351-3  

Research Design and Methods for Health Sciences

PSYC 309-3   

Introduction to Health Psychology

4th year - 9 credit hours

HHSC 401-3Principles of Epidemiology

HHSC 471-3  

Health and Chronic Disease Management

PSYC 345-3   

Lifespan Development

     Or SOCW 421-3
Human Growth and Development

Major in Biomedical Studies

Students pursuing a major in Biomedical Studies are required to complete the following 34 credit hours of courses.  It is recommended that students take the courses listed below in the year of study indicated:

1st year - 14 credit hours

CHEM 100-3

General Chemistry I

CHEM 120-1

General Chemistry Lab I

CHEM 101-3

General Chemistry II

CHEM 121-1

General Chemistry Lab II

Two of:

ENGL 100-3  

Introduction to Literary Structures

ENGL 102-3

Introduction to Poetry

Introduction to Fiction

  ENGL 104-3

 ENGL 170-3

Introduction to Film

Writing and Communication Skills

2nd year - 14 credit hours

BIOL 210-3    

Genetics

CHEM 201-3

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 250-1

Organic Chemistry Lab I

CHEM 203-3

Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 251-1

Organic Chemistry Lab II

CHEM 204-3

Introductory Biochemistry

3rd and 4th years - 6 credit hours

BIOL 311-3    

Cell and Molecular Biology

BCMB 306-3

Intermediary Metabolism

A total of 9 elective credit hours in upper division (300 and 400 level) from any discipline are required for degree completion.

Note:  Students intending to apply to professional health degree programs are encouraged to take the following courses as electives:  PHYS 110-4, PHYS 111-4, MATH 100-3 and MATH 101-3.

Majors in Community and Population Health:

Students pursuing a major in either Community and Population Health-Aboriginal and Rural Health or Community and Population Health-Environmental Health are required to complete the following 21 credit hours.  It is recommended that students take the courses listed below in the year of study indicated.

1st year - 6 credit hours

CHEM 110-3

Chemistry of Everyday Life

    or CHEM 100-3        

General Chemistry I

Note: CHEM 100-3 and CHEM 120-1 are recommended

One of:

ENGL 100-3  

Introduction to Literary Structures

ENGL 102-3  

Introduction to Poetry

ENGL 103-3  

Introduction to Fiction

ENGL 104-3  

ENGL 170-3

Introduction to Film

Writing and Communication Skills

2nd year - 6 credit hours

Introduction to Health Economics and Policy

    or GEOG 202-3

Economic Geography of Resources and Sustainability

Introduction to Health Science II:  Rural and Aboriginal Issues

4th year - 9 credit hours

HHSC 421-3  

or ENVS 306-3

Medical Geography

Human Ecology

HHSC 473-3  

SOCW 444-3

Health Promotion

Social Work Critical Issues in Aging

In addition to the 21 credit hours listed above, students pursuing a major in either Community and Population Health-Aboriginal and Rural Health, or Community and Population Health-Environmental Health, are required to complete 12 credit hours focused in either Aboriginal and Rural Health or Environmental Health, specific to their major, as listed below.

Major in Community and Population Health-Aboriginal and Rural Health

Students must take:

ENPL 313-3   

Rural Community Economic Development

FNST 303-3   

First Nations Religion and Philosophy

     or FNST 304-3Indigenous Environmental Philosophy

Students must take an additional 6 credit hours from the following list, of which at least 3 credit hours must be upper division.

Please note that some of these courses may require additional prerequisites:

ANTH 201-3  

ANTH 206-3

Medical Anthropology

Ethnography in Northern British Columbia

ECON 410-3  

FNST 249-3

FNST 305-3

POLS 403-3

Health Economics

Aboriginal Resource Planning

Seminar in First Nations Health

Social and Health Policy and Administration

SOCW 440-3

Social Work and Mental Health

SOCW 441-3

Social Work and Substance Abuse

SOCW 443-3

Medical Social Work

Major in Community and Population Health - Environmental Health

Students must take:

ENPL 205-3   

Environment and Society

ENSC 308-3  

Northern Contaminated Environments

Students must take an additional 6 credit hours from the following list (please note that some of these courses may require additional prerequisites):

ECON 410-3   

Health Economics

ENPL 208-3

First Nations Community and Environmental Planning

ENPL 304-3

Mediation, Negotiation and Public Participation

HIST 360-3

An Introduction to Environmental History

INTS 470-3

International Environmental Policy

NREM 306-3

Society, Policy and Administration

    or POLS 334-3

POLS 403-3

Society, Policy and Administration of Natural Resources

Social and Health Policy and Administration

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement for all BHSc Majors

Electives at any level sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum 122 credit hours, including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours (BHSc, Honours)

Entry to the Honours Program takes place after the end of the second year (i.e., upon completion of 60 credit hours) and requires a minimum CGPA of 3.33 over the most recent 30 credit hours or permission of the School Chair. Consultation with Student Advising is highly recommended before applying.  Attaining the minimum requirement does not guarantee entry to the honours program, which is at the discretion of the School Chair. Subsequent to entry, and to remain in the honours program, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.33 in each semester. All honours students complete a thesis project (HHSC 490-6 Honours Thesis) under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

To be awarded the BHSc Honours degree, students are required to complete 128 credit hours.  This consists of 64 credit hours of common requirements for all BHSc students, with the remainder coming from the following majors, and electives, as follows: 

Biomedical Studies:  Students take 34 credit hours of courses from the Biomedical Studies Major; 21 elective credit hours of which at least 9 credit hours must be at the Health Sciences upper level; and the following 9 Honours credit hours:

HHSC 490-6                             Honours Thesis

HHSC 497-3                             Senior Seminar

Community and Population Health - Aboriginal and Rural Health:  Students take 21 credit hours from the common course requirements for both Community and Population Health majors, as well as a minimum of 12 credit hours (6 specified, 6 chosen) in Aboriginal and Rural Health-related courses; 22 credit hours obtained from elective credit hours; and the following 9 Honours credit hours:

HHSC 490-6                             Honours Thesis
HHSC 497-3                             Senior Seminar

Community and Population Health - Environmental Health:  Students take 21 credit hours from the common course requirements for both Community and Population Health majors, as well as a minimum of 12 credit hours (6 specified, 6 chosen) in Environmental Health-related courses; 22 credit hours obtained from elective credit hours; and the following 9 Honours credit hours:  

HHSC 490-6                         Honours Thesis
HHSC 497-3                         Senior Seminar

The minimum requirement for completion of a BHSc Honours is 128 credit hours.
 
All Honours Thesis research must comply with the Research Ethics Board requirements and is carried out at the discretion of the School of Health Sciences.