The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program (BHSc) uses a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of health, wellness and illness. It offers students an understanding of health from biological, behavioural and population-based perspectives, through the integration of foundation and health sciences.

The BHSc (Honours) Program is the only program in Ontario that draws on a full range of departments within health sciences, including clinical departments of Medicine, Pathology Molecular Medicine, Psychiatry Behavioural Neurosciences and Clinical Epidemiology Biostatistics. Exposure to health care practitioners and applied researchers will lend relevance and scope to the foundation sciences, which will form the basis of the students’ experiences.

What Can BHSc Offer You

Inquiry Based

Student-driven learning emphasizing problem-solving, information literacy, collaboration, and communication.

Interdisciplinary Approach

Build your knowledge and skills across a broad range of scholarship relevant to health.

Health Science Specific Issues

Exciting and engaging curriculum for students interested in a variety of health-related careers.

Experiential Learning

Ample opportunities for projects in health research, community engagement, peer tutoring, and more.

Direct Entry Program

Most students enter directly from high school, with a limited number of 2nd-year transfer spots available.

State of the Art Facilities

Learn in McMaster’s renowned classrooms, laboratories, and libraries.

Why Choose BHSc

  • Unique program that uses core Inquiry courses. This approach has been adopted by other programs at McMaster and universities around the world based on the work and accomplishments of the B.H.Sc Program
  • McMaster is recognized internationally for expertise in the use of problem-based, self- directed learning and Inquiry
  • Prescribed set of exciting courses over a four year program
  • Core classes focus on issues in health care providing an integrative approach to the study of health related issues
  • Courses use a variety of learning methods including Inquiry classes designed to develop skills basic to the systemic investigation of health issues. This ensures that beyond the program, the students will be smart consumers of scientific knowledge.
  • Facilitates interdependent and independent small group learning. Students collect and analyze data for discussion, critical evaluation and reconstruction in a small group
  • Dynamic, dedicated and collaborative peer group
  • Small class size allowing for greater contact with professors and increased opportunity for class participation – Learning is a contact sport
  • Students may select electives from many areas of study and possibly graduate with a minor in another subject
  • Students emerge from the program with skills that will facilitate learning and effective function in their university experience and future careers
  • Full teaching hospital on-campus
  • Twenty-First century teaching rooms in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery
  • Full range of health-related institutions located in the Hamilton region, ranging from community based programmes to highly specialized tertiary care services
  • 900 contributing faculty members
  • Health Sciences Library – contains 142,000 print volumes, 90 public computers, two-storey reading pavilion, History of Health and Medicine room, e-classroom, 15 group study rooms. Most areas have wireless internet.
  • Electronic access to journals, books, abstracts, databases, etc.
  • Anatomy Labs – use of cadavers for the study of the structure of the human body
  • Variety of computer labs
  • Private student lounge including wireless Internet access and computers to keep you connected, Flat-screen TV with DVD player and pool table
  • Health Sciences Media Shop and Bookstore
  • Variety of student services that include; Student Accessibility Services, Student Wellness Centre, Student Success Centre, International Student Services.

Chaplaincy Centre
MUSC 231
Ext. 24207

  • Counselling on spiritual and cultural issues, bereavement and loåss

Equity and Human Rights Office
MUSC 212
Ext. 27581

  • Counselling for issues related to sexual assault, harassment, discrimination or stalking

Student Wellness Centre
MUSC B101
Ext. 27700

  • Illness, injuries, counselling by family physicians
  • Clarification of available self-help resources or referrals in the area of health and lifestyle choices (e.g. alcohol, eating disorders)

Student Accessibility Services
MUSC B107
Ext. 24711

  • Counselling for academic skills, personal, psychological issues
  • Services for students with disabilities

GLBT Centre
MUSC 221
Ext. 27397

  • Student peer support and resources around sexual orientation/gender identity

International Student’s Office
GH 104
Ext. 24748

  • Consultation and support on concerns related to culture and ethnicity for international students

Ombudsperson
MUSC 210
Ext. 24151

  • Advice for students, staff and faculty on options and processes available to solve academic and non-academic concerns

Student Success Centre
GH 110
Ext. 24254

  • Offers support in the areas of student orientation, academic skills, leadership, service-learning, volunteerism, educational planning, employment and career transition

Security Services
CUC 201
Ext. 23371

  • Consultation on issues of safety

Our Structure

Direct-entry program

  • No general first year
  • No need to apply to a second year stream, unless you plan to apply to the Biomedical Sciences, Child Health or Global Health Specializations.

4 year honours degree

  • 4 years of university
  • Completion of thesis or senior project in 4th year
  • Most professional schools are now leaning towards a 4 year degree requirement for admission

Option to graduate upon completion of 3rd year

  • Many universities are offering only 4 year degrees
  • Available to students accepted into a professional program following the completion of their 3rd year.

Limited number of core required courses

  • Number of required courses decreases over the 4 years
  • Content specific to the Health Sciences
  • Includes Inquiry courses, which are unique to this program
  • Allows for more elective course opportunities to explore other subject areas
  • Option to minor in a subject area of interest (in most cases 24 units are required for the minor)

Strengths of the BHSc Program

  • Unique program that integrates Inquiry in its curriculum. This unique and award winning approach has been adopted by other programs at McMaster as well as other universities.
  • McMaster is recognized internationally for expertise in the use of Inquiry, problem-based and self-directed learning.
  • Prescribed set of exciting courses over a four year program.
  • Core classes focus on issues in health care providing an integrative approach to the study of health related issues.
  • Courses use a variety of learning methods including Inquiry designed to develop life-long learning skills. This ensures that beyond the program, students will be smart consumers of knowledge.
  • Facilitates interdependent and independent small group learning. Students collect and analyze data for discussion, critical evaluation and reconstruction in a small group.
  • Dynamic, dedicated and collaborative peer group
  • Small class size allowing for greater contact with professors and increased opportunity for class participation — Learning is a contact sport.
  • Students may select electives from many areas of study and graduate with a minor in another subject if they choose.
  • Students emerge from the program with skills that facilitate learning and effective function in their university experience and future careers.

Facilities

  • Full teaching hospital on-campus
  • 21st century teaching rooms in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery
  • Full range of health-related institutions located in the Hamilton region, from community based programs to highly specialized tertiary care services.
  • Approximately, 900 contributing faculty members
  • Health Sciences Library contains thousands of print volumes, 90 public computers, 2 storey reading pavilion, History of Health and Medicine room, e-classroom and 15 group study rooms. Electronic access to journals, books, abstracts, databases, and other resources.
  • Most areas on campus have wireless internet.
  • Access to the Education Program in Anatomy with use of cadavers for the study of anatomy and physiology.
  • Variety of computer labs
  • Private Health Sciences student
  • Campus Store for textbooks, supplies, computers, electronics, apparel, gifts, and many other items.
  • Variety of student services that include; Student Accessibility Services, Student Wellness Centre, Student Success Centre, International Student Services, Athletics & Recreation and Off-Campus Resource Centre.

BHSc Alumni

Small class size, which is a highlight of the BHSc (Honours) Program, is conducive to the formation of a tight-knit community. After spending four years sharing core courses, working closely in small groups, collaborating both inside and outside the classroom, going to faculty social events, participating in Health Sciences clubs and spending every other available waking hour on LearnLink, in the BHSc office or the lounge, BHSc students in part feel as though they are leaving behind a second family when they graduate.