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 at 12:01 a.m. July 15th for non-required BHSc courses and August 31st 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.

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

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

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 course introduces essential components of the central and peripheral nervous systems as well as key regulatory systems. Concepts such as plasticity, homeostasis, compensation and adaptation and ways in which failure of these regulatory systems can lead to illness states are examined.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term
Prerequisite(s): Credit or co-registration in BIOLOGY 1A03 or HTHSCI 1I06 A/B or enrolment in Level I of the Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences program.
Antirequisite(s): ISCI 1A24 A/B, PSYCH 1A03
Not open to students with credit or registration in PSYCH 1XX3.

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)
This course will introduce students to concepts and areas of research excitement in biomedical sciences.
This course is evaluated on a pass/fail basis.
Two lectures; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in any Level I program. Grade 12 U Biology is recommended, but not required.

3 unit(s)
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, HTHSCI 1F03, NURSING 2R03, STATS 1CC3, 2B03

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 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

3 unit(s)
This unique course will examine the science of the symptoms of various diseases. Both the physiological and molecular mechanism(s) of various symptoms will be explored pertaining to a disease state. Signals to various organs will be explored in the context of symptoms. The molecular basis of symptoms such as pain induced by cancer or cardiovascular disease will be elucidated. The course is an inquiry-based examination of symptoms. The course will be organized into small groups.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or above of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Program, or B.H.Sc. (Honours) specializations, or registration in Level III or above of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) – Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization (B.H.Sc.)

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 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, or permission of instructor

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; one term
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 inquiry-style course, students will use fictional characters as a model to apply and understand key concepts in biology, neuroscience, and psychology.
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 the instructor

3 unit(s)
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, 2G03

3 unit(s)
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

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

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 inquiry-based course examining a wide range of qualitative methods used in health research, including ethnography, narrative, phenomenology, historical and philosophical inquiry, and arts-based approaches.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level 3 or above of an Honours program

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.
Two lectures, one tutorial (two hours); one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) – Biomedical Sciences Specialization (B.H.Sc.) or permission of the instructor

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)
The molecular basis of human health and disease will be investigated at the biochemical level, with consideration of how diet and lifestyle choices can alter disease risk. Students will be introduced to the biochemistry underlying the leading causes of death in Canada, the progression of these diseases, and learn to define both health and illness in molecular terms.
Three hours, one lab; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above, and one of HTHSCI 2E03, 2D06, BIOCHEM 2B03, or 2EE3

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 IV of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) – Biomedical Sciences Specialization (B.H.Sc.) or permssion of the instructor

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 or MOLBIOL 2B03

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 B.H.Sc. (Honours) or Level IV B.H.Sc (Honours) Specializations or Level IV Arts & Science or Level IV Science; or registration in Level IV in any program and permission of instructor

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, 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 Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) – Global Health Specialization (B.H.Sc.); or permission of instructor

3 unit(s)
A wide range of molecules (drugs, nutrients, poisons) play a significant role in the modern global economy. Their discovery, manufacture, marketing, regulation and use involves complex interactions between diverse individual and social groups providing a rich opportunity for students to explore-the social lives of these molecules in a self-directed inquiry course.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV and permission of course 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 3I03, 3K03 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 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 focuses on issues related to the scientific research method, study designs, longitudinal analysis of data, correlation and causation within the context of child health.
Three hours; one term
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV B.H.Sc. (Honours) or B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations or permission of 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 IV and permission of course instructor

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 II or above of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program or registration in Level II or above of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations or 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 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

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.
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