The HTHSCI courses listed below have seats available to students from other programs and faculties.  Some of these courses are open for registration to any students who meet the prerequisites, while others require permission of the instructor.

Although a course may appear to have a seat(s) available, these seats may not be in a reserve capacity that applies to you. Reserve capacities maintain a specific number of seats for specific groups of students, and so the seats in the reserve capacity that applies to you may be full.

All reserve capacities will be released mid July for non-required BHSc courses and end of August for required BHSc courses.  If the course(s) is still full you may continue to try to register up until the end of course drop & add, in the event that someone drops the course.

Seats in certain popular courses with limited space will remain closed until all third and fourth year enrolment appointments have occurred.  Further details available here.

3 unit(s)
This course is intended to inspire curiosity in questions generated by concepts in immunology that drive current research directions. Students will explore a spectrum of topics in immunology with research faculty.
Two hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level 1 B.H.Sc. (Honours) or Level 1 Science or Level 1 Arts & Science

3 unit(s)
This courses focuses on promotion of data literacy skills and the introduction of fundamental data science concepts, practices, and tools. These include computation, data analytics, data ethics, data visualization, machine learning, and statistics.
Two lectures, one computer lab (1 hours); one term

3 unit(s)
An inquiry-based model will be used to allow students of all backgrounds to explore the relationship between popular media representations of discoveries in the health sciences and the original research behind them. Students will acquire transferrable information literacy skills to find, critically evaluate, and summarize evidence and will gain an understanding of the context for communication of modern scientific discoveries.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in any Level 1 Program

3 unit(s)
Students will research and explore topics relevant to the B.H.Sc. and Arts & Science communities through engaging with and investigating arts-based research methodologies.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) or Arts & Science Program, or permission of instructor

3 unit(s)
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 hour lecture, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program or registration in Level II or above in any Honours program

3 unit(s)
This course will explore the concepts of sex and gender, and take a critical perspective on how sex, gender, and social norms of masculinity and femininity affect health, healthcare, and health research.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in any Level II or above program.

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

6 unit(s)
An introduction to the city of Hamilton and community-based research. This course will place experiential emphasis on citizenship, community health, economics, geography, environment, and education.
Three hours; two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above and permission of instructor

3 unit(s)
An art course for science students, participants will learn the basics of visual literacy, design and the software used to create effective illustrations or figures in support of scientific communication.
One lecture; one lab; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above of the B.H.Sc. (Honours), or Honours Studio Art programs
Students must be artistically inclined.

3 unit(s)
In this interdisciplinary inquiry course, students will use fictional characters as a model to apply and understand key concepts in various scientific disciplines (e.g. biology, psychology). Additional emphasis will be placed on science communication and the development of scientific inquiry skills.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above in any Honours program.

3 unit(s)
In this course students will explore the use of legal instruments to understand their capacity to achieve health policy goals, as well as their limits as tools for health justice reform. Students will learn about Canadian jurisprudence, including legislation and case law, to critically apply them to emerging issues including the regulation of reproduction, access and rationing of care, and medical assistance in dying.
Three hours; one term.
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above of any Honours program

3 unit(s)
An introduction to humoral and cellular immunity. The molecular and cellular basis of immunity, and an introduction to immunological techniques.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): One of BIOLOGY 1A03, HTHSCI 1I06, or ISCI 1A24 A/B, and registration in Level II or above

3 unit(s)

An introduction to the basics of virology. Topics include the structure and composition of viruses, virus replication strategies, virus-host interactions and uses of viruses for medical research.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): One of BIOLOGY 2B03 , HTHSCI 2K03 , or ISCI 2A18 A/B ; and registration in Level III or above

3 unit(s)
This course will cover ethical issues that are relevant to biological sciences. Topics will include genetic engineering and cloning, genetic screening, reproductive technology and the use of behavioural strategies to alter societal behaviours.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above
Antirequisite(s): HEALTHST 3E03, PHILOS 2D03

3 unit(s)
An examination of mental health and illness from different social, cultural and historical perspectives. In this course, students will consider a range of mental health issues and compare how these issues are commonly understood in a critical examination of mental health research and theory.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above of the BHSc (Honours) Program, or registration in Level III or above of the BHSc (Honours) Specializations, or permission of instructor.

3 unit(s)
This experiential interdisciplinary course will develop community experience and leadership in the Hamilton Intergenerational Music Program. In-class discussions will focus on the function and role of music in health and healthcare, intergenerational issues, leadership skills, and music education.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above of the BHSc (Honours) Program, or registration in Level III or above of the BHSc (Honours) Specializations, or registration in Level III or above of a Music program, or registration in Level III or above of a Health, Aging & Society program, or permission of instructor.

3 unit(s)
An inquiry-based course examining a wide range of qualitative methods used in health research, including ethnography, narrative, phenomenology, and arts-and science-based approaches. We explore qualitative methods in the clinical, public, and biomedical health sciences.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level 3 or above of an Honours program

3 unit(s)
Students will engage in discussions focused on the fundamental concepts and theories specific to the role of rehabilitation professionals in the local, national, and global contexts. Students will explore the clinical practices and unique roles of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above

3 unit(s)
This course offers students a variety of learning experiences that will enable them to better understand the relationship between effective communication and desired health care outcomes. Students will be exposed to evidence based research, role playing, standardized simulations and audio-visual reviews.
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 registration in Level III or above in any Honours program

3 unit(s)
This course will explore ideas of work, career/life design and personal purpose. Students will undertake self-assessment activities, group projects and personal reflection with a view to integrating a critical appreciation of course content into their personal decision making.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above

3 unit(s)
This course will cover a broad spectrum of genetic disorders; with particular emphasis on inheritance patterns, molecular mechanisms, treatment and prevention.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 2K03  or BIOLOGY 2B03  and registration in Level III or above

3 unit(s)

Analytical review of fundamental experiments with a focus on experimental design, employing data sets to solve experimental problems with an emphasis on how to approach the problem. This course will serve as an accompaniment to HTHSCI 3R06 A/B or as a precursor to the BIOCHEM 4F09 A/B or HTHSCI 4R12 A/B senior thesis courses.
Three hour lecture; 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 Honours Integrated Science Program, Arts & Science Program, or any Honours program in the Faculty of Science

3 unit(s)
An introduction to perceptions, mechanisms and management of pain with a holistic interdisciplinary approach.
One lecture, one tutorial; 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 permission of the instructor

3 unit(s)
This course will build on Communication Skills acquired in HTHSCI 3S03 and expose students to more in-depth learning experiences via the Centre for Simulation Based Learning and classroom debriefs/presentations. This course will employ video and multimedia analysis to enhance learning, and develop advanced-level communication skills for difficult conversations.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 3S03 Communication Skills and registration in Level IV

3 unit(s)
Examining the use of human, animal and cell model systems in research through investigation of primary research.
One lecture or workshop (three hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program; or registration in Level III or above of the Honours Integrated Science Program, Arts & Science Program, or any Honours program in the Faculty of Science

3 unit(s)
This course will examine immune-brain communication, immune molecules and their signalling pathways, and the role of the immune system in normal brain function and CNS disease. It is recommended that students have an understanding of Immunology.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): One of BIOLOGY 2B03, HTHSCI 2K03, ISCI 2A18 A/B, BIOTECH 3IV3, or HTHSCI 3I03

3 unit(s)
Students will work in small cross-disciplinary groups on selected topics presented at the McMaster Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series . Students will acquire a broad overview of various clinical topics, patient needs and associated biomedical research. Students will translate the acquired knowledge to patients and public, and develop educational material.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program, or Level IV in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specialization; or registration in Level IV of the Honours Integrated Science Program, Arts & Science; or registration in Level IV in any Honours program.

3 unit(s)
This course will examine issues related to the intersection of physical and mental health within the context of child health.
Three hours; one term.
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV or above in B.H.Sc. (Honours) or B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations or permission of instructor

3 unit(s)
This course will build on knowledge of the immune system and focus on the immune system in disease: allergy, inflammation, autoimmunity, immune deficiency, malignancy and cancer immunotherapy.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 3I03

3 unit(s)

This advanced course applies problem-based learning to immunological problems. Topics concern development of immunoassays, resistance to infection and immunity in health and disease.
One session (three hours), one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 3I03; or permission of the instructor
Cross-list(s): BIOCHEM 4J03

3 unit(s)

This is a practical course for learning about how clinical professionals and researchers conduct their day-to-day research. Special topics may include research ethics, grant and proposal writing, managing multiple projects, the writing process.
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 permission of instructor

3 unit(s)
The course is designed to allow participants to think and solve problems in the area of physiology, pathophysiology and anatomy.
One lecture, one tutorial, one lab; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 2FF3 or permission of the instructor

3 unit(s)
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, relevant actors and institutions, 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 Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) – Global Health Specialization (B.H.Sc.); or permission of instructor

3 unit(s)
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, relevant actors and institutions, 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 Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) – Global Health Specialization (B.H.Sc.); or permission of instructor

3 unit(s)
Ours is a molecular world. Complex interactions between individuals and diverse social groups underpin the discovery, manufacture, marketing and use of drugs, nutrients, poisons and cosmetics that influences our health and well- being in myriads of way; a fertile field for exploration in a problem-based course.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above in any program and permission of the instructor

3 unit(s)
Current theories and knowledge on mechanisms that relate to virus pathogenesis and evasion of host cell responses.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 3I033K03 and registration in Level III or above

3 unit(s)

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 the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program, or Level
III or above in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specialization; or registration in Level III or above of the
Honours Integrated Science Program, Arts & Science; or registration in Level III or above in any Honours program and permission of the instructor

3 unit(s)
This course will examine issues related to social determinants within the context of child health.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration of Level IV B.H.Sc. (Honours) or B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations or permission of instructor

3 unit(s)
This inquiry course will permit students to explore the evolution of the modern teaching hospital from its early days as bimaristans in medieval Persia to the modern global technological institutions that link patient care with the training of practitioners.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above in any program and permission of the instructor

3 unit(s)
This course will provide students with an opportunity to explore issues related to professionalism, the uncertainty of new directions, success/failure, choices, expectations and career challenges.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV in any Honours program

3 unit(s)
Through selected readings and discussion, this course will explore some critiques of science and will appraise the challenge they present to scientific authority. The course will culminate in the presentation of a research project on a question developed by students individually or in groups.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program, or Level III or above in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specialization; or registration in Level III or above of the Honours Integrated Science Program, Arts & Science; or registration in Level III or above in any Honours program and permission of the instructor.

3 unit(s)
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 in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program, or Level III or above in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specialization; or registration in Level III or above of the Honours Integrated Science Program, Arts & Science; or registration in Level III or above and HTHSCI 2DS3 or GLOBALZN 1A03; or permission of the instructor.

3 unit(s)
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. Students will examine how individuals, organizations, and corporations advocate to national and international government organizations to tackle challenges that affect policy changes, and garner resources to address communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Three hours, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program, or Level III or above in the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specialization; or registration in Level III or above of the Honours Integrated Science Program, Arts & Science; or registration in Level III or above in any Honours program and permission of the instructor.