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 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.

Students interested in Global Heath have 3 main options:

  • For those who want some exposure to global health in a few courses, you can register for relevant courses as electives at your discretion; some of the courses require permission of the instructor for registration and seats are not guaranteed.
  • Those students who want to develop a more significant focus on global health in their studies can consider completing an Interdisciplinary minor in Globalization Studies offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences, with an emphasis on the Theme in Globalization and Health, which includes a wide array of courses 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.
  • Students who want a more intensive focus in global health can also complete a senior project or thesis on a global health topic in addition to pursuing the Interdisciplinary Minor; completion of the minor plus the senior project/thesis is similar in terms of global health focus to the previous specialization structure

Students are welcome to consult with an Academic Program Advisor to consider their options.