Health and Society

Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc)

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What you will learn in this program

Health and Society scholars ask questions such as: How does poverty or wealth impact health? Can health care be equitable, ethical and efficient? What is the impact of climate change on health?

Health and Society combines social and health sciences to ask and answer crucial questions about health and well-being. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur while actively working on problems in class, during tutorials and in research settings. You’ll study individuals, populations, systems and ideas in order to address issues such as health promotion, disease prevention, social change, patient care and building better health systems locally and globally.

Career opportunities

​This one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary program involves social scientists, epidemiologists, public health specialists and a variety of other health researchers. With a degree in Health and Society, you’ll have global opportunities to work in both governmental and non-governmental agencies, in health care systems and more. This degree can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, public health, or epidemiology.

Courses you'll take:

Determinants of Health, Developing Health Research Literacy I, Energy Flow in Biological Systems, Health Services and Health Systems, Introduction to Health and Society

Admission requirements and information

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If you are currently in grade 12 or have recently completed high school, you must present five required grade 12 courses for your program as outlined below. Admissions averages will be calculated using either the early or standard admission processes.

Faculty

Cumming School of Medicine

Application Dates

October 1st 2018 to March 1st 2019

Curriculum (Education System)

Alberta curriculum

Minimum Competitive Average

Mid 80s

Required Courses

  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Mathematics 30-1
  • One approved course or option

Required Courses Notes

  1. A supplementary application is required for admission.
  2. A minimum grade of 70% in Alberta Mathematics 30-1 (or equivalent) is required for admission.
  3. Equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses are accepted.

Approved Courses/Options

Approved Courses

  • Indigenous Studies 30
  • Any 5-credit second language or language and culture course at the 30-level [1,2]
  • Any approved grade 12 IB diploma or AP academic subject
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • CTS Computer Science Advanced (5-credits)
  • English 30-1
  • Fine Arts (Art 30, Art 31, Choral Music 30, General Music 30, Instrumental Music 30, Drama 30, Dance 35)
  • Mathematics 30-1, 30-2, and 31 [1,3]
  • Physical Education 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1

Approved Options

  • Other five-credit 30-level courses excluding Special Projects 30 and English 30-2.
  • Three-credit courses: Two three-credit 20- or 30-level courses can be combined to fulfil ONE requirement. Courses at the 20- and 30-level CANNOT be combined to satisfy a course requirement.
  • One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil one approved option requirement.

Approved Courses/Options Notes

  1. Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy requirements unless the courses areMathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2, and Mathematics 31
  2. Only one grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used to satisfy admission requirements.: (a) one of Alberta French 30, 31A, 31B, 31C, 30-3Y, 30-9Y (or equivalent subjects); Alberta French Language Arts 30-1, 30-2 (or equivalent subjects), (b) one of Alberta Chinese Language Arts 30 (3Y, 6Y, 9Y, 12Y) (or equivalent subjects); Alberta Chinese Language and Culture 30 (3Y, 6Y) (or equivalent subjects).
  3. A minimum grade of 70% in Mathematics 30-1 is the prerequisite for first-year math courses.
  4. One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil ONE requirement. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

Standard Admission

If you are currently completing high school, you will automatically be considered for admission using the standard admission by calculating your admission average using final grade 11 grades and at least one grade 12 approved course (if both grade 11 and 12 grades are provided, the grade 12 grade will be used) from the required courses for your program choice. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent).

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Early Admission

You may be offered early admission (based on your available grade 11 or 12 results) for English, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent)..

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Required Documents

Alberta: There is no need to send your transcripts. The University of Calgary will obtain transcripts on your behalf from the Ministry of Education.
Other Canadian Provinces and Territories: Official transcripts are documents which are sent directly to the University of Calgary's admissions office from your school or the Department of Education maintaining such records. It's your responsibility to request transcripts from any non-Alberta institutions to be sent directly to the university's admissions office.

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ELP

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission.

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Diverse Qualifications

If you're a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have achieved excellence outside of academics, or have overcome significant hardships, you may seek admission under the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process.

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I completed both my BHSc and MD degrees at UCalgary. The BHSc program cultivated a supportive community where every student mattered. Small class sizes, an emphasis on scientific inquiry and our shared passion for social justice made for engaging classroom discussions and collaborations. These experiences honed my understanding of the social determinants of health, my critical thinking abilities and teamwork skills – all of which have been invaluable during medical school and residency.

Dr. Gina Vaz, BHSc'08, MD'12, 4th year psychiatry resident

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​The most important determinants of a population's health lie outside of the health sector. I first learned about this way of thinking as a PhD student, before undergraduate programs like this existed. The idea that the most important determinants of health are social, economic and political is a deceptively tough message that challenges the status quo. We need intelligent, passionate young leaders to bring this message into governance - municipal to international - and into public discourse.

Lindsay McLaren, PhD — Associate Professor

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In the future, I see myself being heavily involved in the fabrication of cities, helping to create healthier communities. In high school, I was looking for a program that focused on comprehensive health, not just at the biomedical level but community and global health as well. Now, I'm discovering macro-level factors of disease, while focusing my research on the aspects of health that really interest me, like the relationship between physical activity and the built environment.

Rhianne F., health and society student

Faculty Information

Cumming School of Medicine
Health Sciences Centre
Foothills Campus, University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N1