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Community and Population Health: Aboriginal and Rural Health

Acquire a deeper understanding of health issues and priorities in Indigenous, northern and/or remote locales.

You'll be immersed in high-quality, diverse and innovative approaches to learning and research through a holistic view of health, informed by interactions among researchers, practitioners, and community members.

With this degree, you can embark on careers or graduate programs related to health-care management, administration, information systems or public health.

Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc)
Prince George
122 credits,  4 Years,
Part-time available
Experiential Learning
Co-op,  Study Abroad,  Undergraduate Research Experience
Honours Option

Program Details

This degree involves diverse course requirements across social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and health sciences. It provides you with the knowledge to pursue other career paths or post-graduate training that don’t seem as clearly related, including administration and law. 

You'll 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 (six specified, six with some choice) in Aboriginal and Rural Health-related courses.  

Upper-level Aboriginal and Rural Health-related courses include First Nations Health and Healing, First Nations Religion and Philosophy, Indigenous Environmental Philosophy. 

Choose from a wide range of elective courses to complete your degree.


Program Website Academic Calendar

Career Paths

  • Health-care management
  • Information systems
  • Public health
  • Administration
This degree allows you to pursue graduate studies related to health-care management, administration, information systems and public health.

Why at UNBC

  • Pursue the interdisciplinary study of life sciences, social sciences, behavioural sciences, ethics and law
  • Address challenges faced by small communities, Indigenous communities, and the planet as they relate to human health as identified by the World Health Organization
UNBC motto

'En Cha Huná

UNBC’s motto, from the Dakelh (Carrier) Elders, reminds us that all people have a voice and a viewpoint. Interpreted as “respecting all forms of life,” 'En Cha Huná encapsulates the spirit of academic freedom, respect for others, and willingness to recognize different perspectives.

Admission Requirements

High School Admission Requirements (Applicable for B.C. and Yukon)

Overall average of 70% minimum in the following:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 (minimum 70%)
  • Anatomy & Physiology 12 (minimum 70%)
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course 
  • Additional Grade 12 Course (Elective or Academic)
  • Chemistry 11 (minimum 70%)
  • Pre-Calculus 11 (minimum 70%)

Domestic Admission Requirements

View the full list of Approved Academic Grade 12 Courses

More high school admission requirements (including out-of-province, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement)

Transfer Requirements

  • Have attempted at least 15 credit hours of post-secondary transferrable coursework from a recognized institution
  • Be in good academic standing at the transfer institution
  • Have a 2.0 GPA from the most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • For the purposes of verifying any outstanding first-year prerequisites, high school transcripts may be requested

Detailed transfer requirements

Tuition and Fees

Approximate Costs per Academic Year

(30 credit hours, 10 courses)

  Domestic International
Tuition* $5,870 $24,770
Student Fees* $1,185 $1,185
Books* $1,700 $1,700

* Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.

Tuition and Fees

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

View the hundreds of available scholarships, bursaries, and awards.

  • 1 in 4 students receive a UNBC financial award.
  • $3,500,000 in financial awards given each year.
Awards and Financial Aid Information for Indigenous Students

We Are Here to Help

This is your personal guide through every step of the admissions process. We are here for one reason: to support you. We help every part of the admissions process make sense. Just ask us.

Email: futurestudents@unbc.ca
Phone: 250-960-6306

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