Courses Overview

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.

The Global Health Specialization is undergoing restructuring in order to provide more flexibility, accessibility, and interdisicplinarity for students who wish to develop expertise in issues related to globalization and health.  Currently, the BHSc (Hons) Program is collaborating with the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition to add a new “Globalization & Health” theme to the Interdisciplinary Minor in Globalization Studies; these changes will significantly enhance opportunities for global health education in the BHSc (Hons) Program itself, and for students outside of BHSc as well.  Details of the new theme will be available once the curriculum is formally approved. 

Students entering Health Sciences I in September 2017 who are interested in developing a focus in Global Health should consider taking GLOBALZN 1A03 as an elective in their first year, in preparation for other global health-related courses in 2nd year and above.  Students interested in global health can consult with an Academic Advisor for additional information.

Degree requirements listed below apply only to students who entered the Global Health Specialization prior to September 2017.

2017/2018 Undergraduate Calendar Degree Requirements (subject to change)

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

Level II: 30 Units

Basic statistical methods and their application to the analysis of biological and psychosocial data. Manual calculations will be discouraged; use of the computer to do statistical analysis is an explicit goal of this course.
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) Specializations; or Grade 12 Advanced Functions U or Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management U and registration in Level II
Antirequisite(s): COMMERCE 2QA3, HTH SCI 1F03, NURSING 2R03, STATS 1CC3, STATS 2B03

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): HTH SCI 1E03 and 1EE3; or HTHSCI 1E06 A/B
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 2D06 A/B, 2N03

This course will introduce students to measures of health, standard epidemiologic study designs and measures of association. Students will also examine crucial issues in the design and analysis of epidemiologic studies. The course will conclude with specialized topics.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above

This course will explore the knowledge and application of specific principles in daily living, applied drama and physical activity as a way of achieving wellness and dealing with stress.
This course is evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.
One lecture, two tutorials; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 1E06 A/B or HTHSCI 2D06 A/B
Antirequisite(s): KINESIOL 2G03

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); Problem Based Learning and Computer Laboratories (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1AA3, HTHSCI 1I06 A/B; and HTHSCI 2D06 A/B, HTHSCI 2E03 or registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations or registration in Level II or above of the Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering or Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 2B03, ISCI 2A18 A/B, MOL BIOL 2B03

This course will look at the emergence of patient care in a historical context.
Three hours; two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Global Health Specialization

This course will introduce students to the disease states that define the burden of morbidity and mortality in a global setting. Students will examine the relationships that define the static and dynamic patterns of health and illness by drawing on diverse fields of academic thought and research, including the biological, geographical, anthropological and political sciences.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program and permission of the instructor

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

Level III: 30 Units

Students will engage with global health outside the traditional academic environment. Development, initiated in Level II will form the basis for the construction/deconstruction of new understanding.
Full term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) – Global Health Specialization (B.H.Sc.) and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) program

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 2A03, HTHSCI 2G03

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) Specializations

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

If a required course cannot be completed due to HTH SCI 3A15, the requirement(s) must be completed in Level IV.

Level IV: 30 Units

The goal of this course is to provide students with knowledge and skills related to health care practice and policy from within Aboriginal contexts. Enabling students to acquire and put into practice concepts and information required to understand and manage health for Aboriginal peoples; to engage in culturally competent and safe practice through knowledge development; and the ability to identify areas of need specific to Aboriginal health.
Two lectures; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program or B.H.Sc. (Honours) specializations

This course provides an opportunity for individual or small groups to integrate concepts from their undergraduate courses.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Assistant Dean, B.H.Sc. (Honours) program
HTH SCI 4D03 may be repeated, if on a different topic, to a total of six units.

Students will come to understand the types of decisions that can have an impact on health, the roles of different organizations involved in making these decisions and the types of influences on these decisions. To accomplish this, students will organize, prepare for, and participate in a variety of simulations, including: hospital, Local Health Integration Network and WHO board meetings, as well as provincial and federal cabinet meetings.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program or registration in Level III or above of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations, or Level III or above of the Arts & Science program, or permission of instructor.

This course provides an opportunity for individual or small groups to integrate concepts from their undergraduate courses.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Assistant Dean, B.H.Sc. (Honours) program
HTH SCI 4D03 may be repeated, if on a different topic, to a total of six units.

This course surveys contemporary issues and debates in global health governance, law, and politics from an interdisciplinary perspective. Theory will converge with practice as students examine the historical development of global health, its regulatory framework, principal coordinating mechanisms and emerging challenges to its effective governance.
Three hours, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program or Arts & Science Program or B.H.Sc. (Honours) Global Health Specialization; or permission of instructor

Students will examine considerations, questions and challenges that govern the genesis, development and adoption of health innovation in low and middle income countries.  There is an opportunity for students to build on their biomedical knowledge by applying interdisciplinary perspectives to a complex healthcare topic.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above in B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program or Arts & Science Program or Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) – Global Health Specialization (B.H.Sc.), or permission of instructor

This course provides an opportunity for individual or small groups to integrate concepts from their undergraduate courses.
Sessions arranged individually or in small groups; one term
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Assistant Dean, B.H.Sc. (Honours) program
HTH SCI 4W03 may be repeated, if on a different topic, to a total of six units.

This course aims to foster appreciation for the complexity of today’s most pressing global health challenges and the ways that various actors work to overcome them.
Three hours, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program or Arts & Science Program or B.H.Sc. (Honours) Global Health Specialization; or permission of instructor

An important part of our responsibility in the program is to develop a learning community that incorporates the concepts of collaboration, peer tutoring and life-long learning. This course will consist of three units to be taken over four years and will encourage these activities, both formally and informally.
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program or registration in Level IV of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations
Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 3Q03, 3QQ3, INQUIRY 3S03, SCIENCE 2L03, 3S03, SOC SCI 2L03

A selection of information-based research projects focused on Global Health conducted under the supervision of one or more members of the Faculty. Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4G06 A/B S including agreement of supervisor must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Global Health Specialization and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 4G09 A/B, HTHSCI 4G12 A/B, HTHSCI 4G15 A/B

A thesis-based research project focused on Global Health conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty.  Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4G09 A/B, including agreement of the supervisor must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Global Health Specialization and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 4G06 A/B, HTHSCI 4G12 A/B, HTHSCI 4G15 A/B

A thesis-based research project focused on Global Health conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty.  Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4G12, including agreement of the supervisor must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration of Level IV of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Global Health Specialization and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 4G06 A/B, HTHSCI 4G09 A/B, HTHSCI 4G15 A/B

A thesis-based project focused on Global Health conducted under the direction and supervision of a member of the Faculty.  Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4G15 A/B, including agreement of the supervisor must be made before the end of March in Level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Global Health Specialization and permission of B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 4G06 A/B, HTHSCI 4G09 A/B, HTHSCI 4G12 A/B

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.

* 3 Units from the noted courses

** 3 Units from the noted courses

*** 6-15 Units from the noted courses