Health Sciences
Bachelor of Health Sciences

Program description

This program will create a broad, comprehensive understanding among people working in health-related settings of the factors that affect health, the needs of clients and the delivery of health services. The Public Health Agency of Canada endorses a population health approach and acknowledges that health issues must be dealt with in a broad and comprehensive manner. You will deal with health issues on individual, community and institutional levels.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences degree provides students with an interdisciplinary background and skill set that will contribute to their preparation for a future in biomedical and health-related careers. This interdisciplinary skill set is seen as advantageous for future physicians and for students applying for professional education.

Program options

Degree options

B.Sc. Bachelor of Health Sciences

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Integration of Health Determinants of Individuals
  • Integration of Health Determinants for Communities
  • Integration of Health Determinants for Canada and the World
  • Geographies of Health and Health Care
  • Ethics in Biomedicine
  • Introduction to Social Epidemiology

Note: students select electives from a wide range of choices offered by participating University programs. All students are encouraged to select a practicum course in a field setting, ranging from local to international communities. Courses offered in the final year of the program provide an opportunity for students to integrate learning from the sciences with the determinants of health.

Professional opportunities

This program provides a solid basis for engagement in community, cultural and political contexts concerned with health and illness.

Graduates will not achieve any professional status upon degree completion; however, the program can provide a foundation for students who wish to enter professional programs and also offer another route for students to gain access to specialized programs for both health and social science fields.

Graduates can be expected to strengthen the capacity of institutions in which they work to address local health problems in an inclusive manner. This has the potential to reduce health care costs by training people who can assist in delivery of cost-effective and client-centered services, including the development of new models of service delivery.

Admission Requirements

Visit the application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.



What is unique about this program at the U of M?

The focus of this program is on health promotion. Graduates will acquire the potential to inform the public policy debate by providing leading scientifically-based food, health and social policy information to improve the health and well-being of people and of professionals who can generate and apply this information. The intent is to create a broad, comprehensive understanding among people working in health-related settings of the factors that affect health, the needs of clients and the delivery of health services.

In program, students gain an understanding of the determinants of optimum health and well-being and are able to describe the actions and circumstances that maintain those conditions. Health and wellness are understood in the context of the individual, the community, and society with a particular focus on Manitoba and its peoples. Critical thinking and the ability to evaluate evidence, the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes required for collaborative, interdisciplinary employment related to health.

Graduates will have the opportunity to work in a large variety of agencies and businesses that plan or deliver health related service and products. Health Sciences grads are expected to be employed in areas such as:

  • Health Policy research – assist in research on health care policies
  • Health program officers – produce reports on health care programs
  • Community health administration – assist professionals and planners
  • Resource for aboriginal and rural communities – assist professionals and planners
  • Non-governmental Organizations  

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