BHSc Core

The majority of students in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program remain in the “Core” stream.  The Core is designed to provide a grounding in a variety of disciplines so that graduates develop a functional ‘literacy’ across multiple domains of scholarship in the health sciences, while at the same time providing significant flexibility so students can tailor their course selections to their own interests and prepare for a variety of post-graduate options.  Some students choose to focus in one particular area of interest (or even pursue a minor in another discipline), while others find that their needs are better met by pursuing a broader program of study during their senior years.

Students in Level I automatically enter the Core Stream in Level II unless they apply to and are accepted into one of the Specializations.


The specialization in Biomedical Sciences in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program will provide students with the option of concentrating their studies in biomedical research.

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.

Upon acceptance into the BHSc (Honours) Program and the completion of first year, students will apply to this specialization in March.

Biomedical Sciences Specialization Coordinator: Felicia Vulcu

Office Hours: Please email for an appointment

Child Health

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 Child Health Specialization’s curriculum is based on three thematic pillars – education, research, and experiential/community learning – cutting across academic disciplines related to child health such as paediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, social work, developmental rehabilitation, education, etc.

The Child Health 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.

Upon acceptance into the BHSc (Honours) program and the completion of first year, students will apply to this specialization in March.

Global Health

An understanding of human health is incomplete without an understanding of health within the global context.  A complex web of relationships and interactions produce themes of global health that can be seen as emergent properties of the human experience.

Understanding and addressing global health issues effectively demands an interdisciplinary academic experience. The curriculum in global health in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program draws on the expertise present within the Faculty of Health Sciences and collaborates with McMaster’s Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition to provide students with opportunities for exposure to diverse perspectives on globalization in many fields in the social sciences and humanities as well, including anthropology, philosophy, political science, economics, among many others.

Our curriculum on global health challenges students to embrace complexity through the development of a global consciousness and the understanding of health as a fundamental component of the human experience. Graduates will attain the knowledge to undertake further studies at the postgraduate level. They will have an opportunity to explore personal developmental and an academic skill set necessary for the role as contributors to global health issues.

Students registered in Health Science 1 who are interested in this focussing their studies in global health should consult with an academic advisor, as we are making changes to the structure of the curriculum.