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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Health Sciences

Degree Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Location North Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Four years
Program load Full-time
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The increasing complexity of health sciences and the health-care industry has placed a growing importance on the skills required of health-care professionals. You will acquire the foundations for excellence in clinical practice along with the lifelong learning, research, teamwork and leadership skills essential for a successful career in the health field.

General information

This program has an interdisciplinary focus, weaving together physiological, sociological and epidemiological perspectives on major health issues. 

Two specializations are offered: 

Human Health Science

You will learn the fundamental areas of science related to human health and disease, including anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology and neurophysiology. 

Public Health

Public health considers health from the perspective of communities, from a neighbourhood to national and international levels. You will learn about the health status of populations, inequities in health, determinants of health and illness, strategies for health promotion, disease and injury prevention, health protection, and factors that influence the delivery an use of health services. 

Additional information

Faculty of Health Sciences website

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U) with a minimum grade of 60 per cent, Biology (SBI4U) and one of Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) or Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U). It is recommended that students interested in the Human Health Science specialization take Chemistry (SCH4U).                    

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

Last year's cut-off 70 per cent
Expected cut-off Mid-70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
Ontario secondary school applicants
Ontario secondary school graduates
Canadian out-of-province high school applicants
International applicants
Mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary)
Transfer applicants
General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants
Home-schooled applicants

Program curriculum

Courses include:

  • Altered Physiology
  • Exploring Mental Health and Developmental Difficulties
  • Global Health (Public Health specialization)
  • Human Genetics and Society (Human Health Science specialization)
  • Introduction to Movement Neuroscience
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Prevention and Rehabilitation of Complex Chronic Conditions

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Career opportunities

Human Health Science

  • Business and industry (e.g. regulatory affairs, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, research, quality assurance)
  • Government agencies (quality assurance, biosafety, regulatory affairs)
  • Graduate studies in Health Science or professional programs (e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, medicine or chiropractic)
  • Health-care laboratory administration
  • Laboratory research assistant

Public Health

  • Community health co-ordinator 
  • Environmental health officer
  • Graduate studies in Health Science or professional programs (e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, medicine or chiropractic) 
  • Injury prevention specialist 
  • Occupational health and safety co-ordinator 
  • Public and non-profit sector administration and/or policy development 
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