Courses Overview

Within the program there is a core group of required courses which allows students to be introduced to a variety of perspectives and to acquire a range of intellectual skills. Electives may be used to concentrate in a specialized area or to develop broad based interests.

2019/2020 Undergraduate Calendar Degree Requirements (subject to change)

Degree Requirements listed below apply to Level 1 students entering the Program starting in September 2019.

Refer to your Advisement Report in mosaic for your personal degree requirements.

Level I: 30 Units

Students will explore the molecular basis of cellular communication (gene expression, cellular signaling) underlying disease processes. A hybrid approach blending didactic and inquiry-based approaches will be used.
Two sessions per week (three hours each); two terms
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 U Biology and registration in Health Sciences I, or Grade 12 U Biology and registration in the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (IBEHS) program.
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 . Students registering in HTHSCI 1I06 A/B must also register in WHMIS 1A00 when completing their registration.
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 1A03

A discussion of chemical fundamentals, including bonding, structure, reactivity, and energetics, with emphasis on applications to health, energy, and the environment. Laboratories highlight hands-on experimental techniques; tutorials support the development of problem-solving skills.
Lectures, web modules (three hours), one lab (two and one half hours) every other week; one term
Prerequisite(s): Grade 12 Chemistry U and either registration in a Level I program in the Faculty of Science or Engineering I/Engineering I Co-Op, Arts & Science I, Health Sciences I, any program above Level I; or a grade of at least 80% in Grade 12 Chemistry U; or CHEM 1R03
Co-requisite(s): WHMIS 1A00 if not already completed. Must be completed prior to the first lab.
Antirequisite(s): CHEM 1E03
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.

A discussion of organic chemistry, chemical kinetics, acid-base equilibrium, and the energetics of phase transformations, with emphasis on relevant experimental techniques and solving real problems ranging from drug discovery to environmental chemistry.
Three lectures, one lab (two and one half hours) every other week; one term
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1A03 or CHEM 1E03
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 1A24 A/B.

This course will initiate the development of a skill set required for life-long learning, in the context of the study of one or two health care issues. A problem based course applying principles of scientific inquiry to selected health issues.
Three hours; two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program
Antirequisite(s): HTH SCI 1E03, 1EE3, HTHSCI 2D06 A/B, INQUIRY 1SC3
Note: Students entering the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program after completion of Level I in another program may be required to complete HTHSCI 2D06 A/B at the discretion of the Assistant Dean of the program.

Recognizing that health is not simply a biological phenomenon, this course examines health issues from multiple perspectives, emphasizes the links between them, and builds a conceptual tool-box for problem solving across the domains of population and public health, biomedical and clinical issues, social and cultural aspects of health, and health systems and policy.
One lecture, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level I of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program or Level II as a B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program transfer student.

This is part 1 of the longitudinal Praxis Pathways Curriculum, in which students begin to actively develop capacities for: collaboration in community; group process; leadership; lifelong learning; perspective-taking; reflection and reflexivity; and self-care and wellness. The development of information literacy and critical analysis skills supports and informs these goals.
Two hours; two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level I of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program or Level II as a B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program transfer student.

Introduction to safety guidelines at McMaster University, acceptable safety conduct and positive safety attitudes and practices in laboratories and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
This course is evaluated on a Complete/Fail basis.
Web modules
Antirequisite(s): ART 1HS0, ENGINEER 1A00, ENG TECH 1A00, NURSING 1A00, SCIENCE 1A00
This requirement must be completed prior to the start of the first lab. Students who fail the quiz must reattempt it and will not be permitted in any course with a lab component or any Level II ART course until the requirement has been successfully completed.

FALL TERM
(September – December)
WINTER TERM
(January – April)
WHIMIS 1A00 (0 UNITS) X
HTH SCI 1I06 A/B (6 UNITS) X X
CHEM 1A03 (3 UNITS) X
CHEM 1AA3 (3 UNITS) X
HTH SCI 1E06 A/B (6 UNITS) X X
HTH SCI 1G02 (2 UNITS) X
HTH SCI 1X01 A/B (1 UNIT) X X
ELECTIVE (3 UNITS) * X X
ELECTIVE (3 UNITS) * X
* alternatively these 2 (3 unit) electives may be taken together as 1 (6 unit) course.

Level II: 30 Units

This course will use an inquiry based format to introduce key concepts in biochemistry, molecular biology and biomedical sciences to understand illnesses such as infectious diseases, metabolic disorders, genetic diseases and cancer.
One term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 1I06 A/B

An introduction to the principal organ systems including the endocrine, skin, CNS and locomotion.
Two lectures, one lab; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program or registration in Level II of the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (IBEHS) program.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, 1H03, HTHSCI 1H06 A/B, HTHSCI 2L03, KINESIOL 1A03, 1A06, KINESIOL 1AA3, 1X06, KINESIOL 1Y03, KINESIOL 1YY3, MED PHYS 4XX3, SCIENCE 4XX3

A continuation of HTH SCI 2F03 with an examination of the Immune, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Gastrointestinal and Uro-Genital Systems.
Two lectures, one lab; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 2F03
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 1D06 A/B, HTHSCI 1H06 A/B, 1HH3, HTHSCI 2LL3, KINESIOL 1A03, 1A06, KINESIOL 1AA3, 1X06, KINESIOL 1Y03, KINESIOL 1YY3, MED PHYS 4XX3, SCIENCE 4XX3

An introduction to measure of health, the design and analysis of epidemiological studies, the statistical approaches used to analyze data and interpret measures of association, and understanding confounding and bias.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program, or registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specialization; or registration in Level III of the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences program
Antirequisite(s): LIFESCI 3G03

Building on HTHSCI 2G03, this course will introduce more advanced concepts and methods in biostatistics, while examining crucial issues in the design and analysis of epidemiologic studies, and exploring specialized topics.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 2G03
Antirequisite(s): COMMERCE 2QA3, HTHSCI 2A03, NURSING 2R03, STATS 1CC3, 2B03

An inquiry based examination of the relationship between cell structure and function. Students will be required to apply key concepts of cell biology to facilitate their understanding of timely problems in biomedicine.
Tutorials (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 1I06 A/B or HTHSCI 2D06 A/B; or registration in Level II or above of the Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Program or Electrical and Biomedical Engineering; or registration in Level III of the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences program (HESE stream)
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 2B03, ISCI 2A18 A/B

This is part two of the longitudinal Praxis Pathways Curriculum, in which students further develop and refine capacities for: collaboration in community; group process; leadership; lifelong learning; perspective-taking; reflection and reflexivity; and self-care and wellness. The development of information literacy and critical analysis skills supports and informs these goals.
Six hours per month; two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program
First offered in 2020-21

* HTHSCI 2D06 A/B replaces HTHSCI 2E03 for Level 2 transfer students

Level III: 30 Units

This course will cover health issues that are prevalent at certain times in the developmental cycle. Topics will include reproduction, global health, health of children and adolescents, adulthood, and health care issues in the elderly.
One term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 2D06 A/B or HTHSCI 2E03 and registration in Level III of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program; or registration in Level III of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations

Students will learn quantitative research design and how to evaluate the internal validity of published research to determine the effectiveness of an intervention, diagnostic test, screening program, prognostic or risk factor and systemic review.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 2G03

HTHSCI 3GG3 – Health Systems and Health Policy

This course reviews how health care is different from other goods and services, how governments have responded to these differences, and how governments make decisions about health care.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 3G03 or registration in Level III of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program

An opportunity to explore one or more specialized areas of Health Sciences in preparation for Level IV Senior Project/Thesis.
One term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III B.H.Sc. (Honours) program or registration in Level III of the B.H. Sc. (Honours) Specializations.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 3H06 A/B

An opportunity to explore one or more specialized areas of Health Sciences in preparation for Level IV Senior Project/Thesis.
One term or two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III B.H.Sc. (Honours) program or registration in Level III of the B.H. Sc. (Honours) Specializations and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) program.
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 3H03

This is part 3 of the longitudinal Praxis Pathways Curriculum, in which students develop greater facility in their capacities for: collaboration in community; group process; leadership; lifelong learning; perspective-taking; reflection and reflexivity; and self-care and wellness. The development of information literacy and critical analysis skills supports and informs these goals.
One hour per month; two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III of the B.H.S.c. (Honours) Program
This course is evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.
First offered in 2021-22.

Level IV: 30 Units

A thesis-based research project conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty. Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4A09 A/B, including agreement of the supervisor, must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in B.H.Sc. (Honours) program and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 4F06 A/B, 4C12 A/B, HTHSCI 4B06 A/B, 4A12 A/B, 4A15 A/B, MOLBIOL 4G12 A/B, PHARMAC 4F09, PSYCH 4E09
Not open to students with credit or registration in BIOCHEM 4P03.

A selection of information-based research projects conducted under the supervision of one or more members of the Faculty. Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4B06 A/B including agreement of supervisor must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in B.H.Sc. (Honours) program and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 4F06 A/B, 4C12 A/B, HTHSCI 4A09 A/B, HTHSCI 4A12 A/B , HTHSCI 4A15 A/B, MOLBIOL 4G12 A/B, PHARMAC 4F09, PSYCH 4D06, 4D09, 4E09
Not open to students with credit or registration in BIOCHEM 4P03.

A thesis-based research project conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty. Arrangements to register in HTH SCI 4A12, including agreement of the supervisor, must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in B.H.Sc. (Honours) program and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honour) Program
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 4F06 A/B, 4C12 A/B, HTHSCI 4B06 A/B S, 4A09 A/B, 4A15 A/B, MOLBIOL 4G12 A/B, PHARMAC 4F09, PSYCH 4E09
Not open to students with credit or registration in BIOCHEM 4P03.

A thesis-based research project conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty. Arrangements to register in HTH SCI 4A15, including agreement of supervisor must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 4F06 A/B, 4C12 A/B, HTHSCI 4B06 A/B, 4A09 A/B, 4A12 A/B, MOLBIOL 4G12 A/B, PHARMAC 4F09, PSYCH 4D06, 4D09, 4E09
Not open to students with a credit or registration in BIOCHEM 4P03.

A project focused on community-based participatory research conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty. The project can be an extension of a student’s 3DD3 Engaging the City project. Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4D06 including agreement of supervisor must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 4A09 A/B, 4A12 A/B, 4A15 A/B, 4B06 A/B

A thesis focused on community-based participatory research conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty. The thesis can be an extension of a student’s 3DD3 Engaging the City project. Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4D09, including agreement of the supervisor must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Permission of B.H.Sc (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 4B06 A/B S, 4A09 A/B, 4A12 A/B, 4A15 A/B S

A thesis focused on community-based participatory research conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty. The thesis can be an extension of a student’s 3DD3 Engaging the City project. Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4D12 A/B, including agreement of the supervisor must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Permission of BHSc (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 4B06 A/B S, 4A09 A/B, 4A12 A/B, HTHSCI 4A15 A/B S
Arrangements to register in this course, including agreement of the supervisor, must be made before the end of March in Level III.

This is the culmination of the longitudinal Praxis Pathways Curriculum, in which students enhance and deepen their capacities for: collaboration in community; group process; leadership; lifelong learning; perspective-taking; reflection and reflexivity; and self-care and wellness. The development of information literacy and critical analysis skills supports and informs these goals.
Eight hours per month; two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program.
First offered in 2022-23

* 6-15 Units from the noted courses