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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

Program details

Faculty
Health Sciences

Degree
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)

Experiential learning
Clinical
Internship
Practicum
Research study

Delivery method
Hybrid online/in-class
In-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, North Oshawa

Start dates
September

Length
Four years

Program load
Full-time

OUAC code
DHS

Overview

Students in class. If you live to help others and take an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare or clinical practice, a career in health sciences may be for you.

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.

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. 


As a new international student, I studied Year 1 in Health Sciences completely online from a country with an eight-hour time difference. It was a different shift than what I am used to, but I had a number of understanding professors who worked closely with me to aid in my success, as well as support from tutors, academic advisors and international advisors just a click away. I was still able to have a strong connection with my peers and professors, even though I was not physically on campus. I am excited to see what my next year brings and cannot wait to see Ontario Tech’s beautiful campus in person.

Jan Mary Joyce Voluntad Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Class of 2024


Admissions

Admissions


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-off70 per cent
Expected cut-offMid-70s

Program details

Faculty
Health Sciences

Degree
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)

Experiential learning
Clinical
Internship
Practicum
Research study

Delivery method
Hybrid online/in-class
In-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, North Oshawa

Start dates
September

Length
Four years

Program load
Full-time

OUAC code
DHS

Contact information

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 

Experiential learning

Students in all Health Sciences programs can apply for a fourth-year Research Practicum that extends throughout their final year of studies. Working under the direction of a research tutor, both university- and community-based, you receive a practical experience that exemplifies the collaborative research process while providing you with a valued opportunity to apply your knowledge in a research setting.


Did you know?

median upper year class size
local, regional, and national organizations provide clinical and internship placements
of students are employed within six months of graduation
  • Sample courses
    • 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.