Anatomy and Physiology is a unique course that is mandatory for all second year BHSc students (unless they are part of a BHSc specialization, i.e. Global Health) It explores the fundamentals of human anatomy (the structure of body systems) in the context of physiology (how these structures work).

The course emphasizes experiential learning through the use of real specimens in the Faculty of Health Sciences anatomy lab. All BHSc students, second year and above, have access to the Faculty of Health Sciences anatomy lab – the same one used for the Medicine program and other professional programs at McMaster.

This course culminates in a bellringer exam, where students have to answer questions based on unique and real cadaveric specimens.

Schedule: Twice a week plus tutorials and labs.

Course Code: HTH SCI 2F03 & 2FF3

Class Size: 160-200

Learning Style: Weekly lectures, supplemented by small group tutorials and labs.

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This course, rooted in Applied Drama, will enable students to actively participate and explore their creativity, enhancing transferable skills like communication and active listening through drama games and exercises. Students devise their own theatrical and non-theatrical creative work using self and exercises as inspiration. Formal studies of different schools of theatre include: Theatre of the Oppressed, Rainbow of Desire, Theatre in Health, Education, Prison Theatre, and Reminiscence Theatre. Students will aim to explore and develop ones self, enhance creativity and methods of expression, and develop transferable skills.

Instructor: Hartley Jafine

Course Code: HTH SCI 3CC3

Class Size: ~ 15

Schedule: Once a week, 3 hour classes.

Class Types: Theatre based activities, exercises and workshops.

First year Inquiry will initiate the development of a skill set required for life-long learning. The ability to research and analyze complex problems and to communicate easily and effectively are fundamental to all disciplines. The four primary elements to the Inquiry process are: Inquire – ask questions, Research – identify and access knowledge, Evaluate – do the resources address the question and raise new questions, Construct – re-formulate, re-examine and synthesize.

Course Code: HTH SCI 1E06

Course Coordinator: Margaret Secord

Class Size: 15-20 per section

Schedule: Once a week, 3 hour classes.

Class Type: Small group inquiry class

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Students will focus on the molecular basis of cellular communication (gene expression, cellular signalling) and underlying disease processes using a didactic and inquiry-based approach. Students have the opportunity to investigate other topics within cellular and molecular biology using scientific literature as a primary source. Later, an inquiry-based approach is used to apply key concepts of cellular biology to investigate the relationship between cell structure and function.

Instructor: Dr. Patangi K. Rangachari

Course Code: HTH SCI 1I06

Class Size: ~ 160 (All first year students)

Schedule: Twice a week, 3 hour classes.

Class Types: Group projects and lectures.

This course offers students a variety of learning experiences that will enable students to better understand the relationship between effective communication and desired health care outcomes. Students will carry out standardized-patient interviews while being exposed to evidence-based research to better understand this relationship.

Instructors: Carl deLottinville, Sheila Barrett, Linda deLottinville

Course Code: HTH SCI 3S03

Class Size: 15 per section

Schedule: Once a week, 3 hour classes.

Class Type: Small group and clinical sessions with standardized patients.

This experiential course provides students with an opportunity to continue their skill development while making significant contributions to the Hamilton community. To date, 12 community partnerships have been developed with students evaluating the effectiveness of their programs, as well as assisting them with preparing government funding proposals. The learning environment also includes discussions with guest speakers from McMaster and the community, weekly meetings and student reflections on their learning.

Schedule: Once a week plus independent placements

Course Code: HTH SCI 3DD3

Course Coordinator: Margaret Secord

Class Size: 10 to 20

Learning Style: Independent placements in the local Hamilton community

There are a variety of project courses available via the BHSc program.

HTH SCI 3H03 is a mandatory inquiry-style project course for all 3rd year students in BHSc. It allows students to explore a specialized area of Health Sciences, or another field of their interest under the supervision of a faculty or community member. Students have explored projects in cellular biology, chemistry, health policy, wet-lab research, theatre and more. Some students use 3H03 as a stepping stone to their thesis project, while others continue in completely different fields in light of their academic interests.

Class Size: You can work independently or collaborate with others.

Schedule: Scheduled with your supervisor, minimum 100 hours

Project Types: Anything you are interested in.

Drawing on faculty from the Departments of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and Pathology and Molecular Medicine, the specialization is designed to build on the existing principles of excellence in the BHSc Program, by incorporating fundamental concepts and experimental techniques used in biomedical research.

This course of study will emphasize the development of essential skills in communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, scientific reasoning and logic, experimental design, and working both independently and in a group.

These transferable skills and fundamental principles in biomedical sciences will prepare students for a future in professional school, industry, research or graduate studies.

Coordinator: Michelle MacDonald

When to apply: End of first year

Sample Course List: Research Design, Systems Biology, Model Systems

Class Types: Theory and lab-based

Understanding and addressing global health issues effectively demands an interdisciplinary academic experience. The BHSc (Honours) Program offers a suite of courses focused on global health. The global health curriculum has undergone revisions recently to enhance flexibility, accessibility, and interdisciplinarity for students. Effective 2018/2019, BHSc Level 1 and 2 students interested in global health can consider completing an Interdisciplinary minor in Globalization Studies offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences, which has integrated the BHSc (Honours) global health courses under the theme of Globalization & Health. An array of courses are offered by the Faculties of Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences on a variety of themes. Additional information and a list of courses is available in the Undergraduate Calendar.

As we transition to the new global health curriculum structure, the options available to students depend on their cohort. BHSc (Honours) students entering Level 3 in 2018/2019 may apply for the specialization or complete the Interdisciplinary minor in Globalization Studies.

The Child Health Specialization offers students a unique opportunity to apply the Inquiry problem-based learning model within the dynamic context of child health, development and community involvement.

The curriculum is based on three thematic pillars: education, research, and experiential/community learning which cuts across academic disciplines related to child health such as paediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, social work, developmental rehabilitation and education.

The specialization utilizes existing expertise within the McMaster University and Hamilton communities; by doing so it allows for the integration of theory and knowledge with experiential learning and research skill development within the challenging context of child health. World-renowned teachers/facilitators, researchers and clinicians from across disciplines serve as supervisors/mentors for students with an interest in child health.

The goals of the specialization are to support students in integrating knowledge, research and experience in order to be aware and understand the complexities of child health and development within the context of communities. In addition this specialization will provide students with a skill set that is transferable to a variety of applied settings and educational programs.

When to apply: End of first year

Coordinators: Stelios Georgiades, Lorna Colli & Margaret Secord

Focus on: Application of the Inquiry model in the cross-disciplinary field of child health.

Students will learn the basics of visual literacy, design and the software used to create effective and professional illustrations in support of scientific communication.

The course explores basic techniques of illustration early on in the course, and will go on to advanced tools and software, such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign.

Students do not need a background in visual arts to take this course. In fact, this course is great for novice artists or students with no artistic experience, as it really takes you through the basics and gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your skills. All you need is to want to draw, and you’re halfway there!

Instructors: Glen Oomen & Caitlin O’Connell

Course Code: HTH SCI 3EE3

Class type: Weekly lectures with labs where students learn and practice techniques in a small group setting