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.
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
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
Join our community in fall 2019
We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2019 starting on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. You'll be able to submit an application until Friday, March 1, 2019. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.
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.