What I like best about my program is the sense of community!
The Health Studies program not only looks at human health from the level of the cell, it also looks at health from a systems-level creating innovative solutions for complex health challenges.
Experiences while travelling can have a profound impact on an older person’s well-being. Jibin Yu brings a new perspective and looks to expand our understanding of how tourism, well-being, and aging are connected.
What I like most about Health Studies is that it combines courses in both the natural sciences and the social determinants of health, allowing students to be well-rounded and appreciate a holistic approach to healthcare.
What I like best about Health Studies is its multidisciplinary and well-rounded approach to health education.
I like that my program has a lot of flexibility so that I'm able to tailor it to meet my academic interests.
My favourite part about Kinesiology is that I like that my program allowed me to choose a minor that was best suited to my career interests and goals.
From volunteering in kinesiology labs, participating in lab studies, dissecting cadavers for the School of Anatomy, and working with varsity athletes - there are so many ways to get involved in the Kinesiology community and have fun at the same time!
I like that in the first two years of Kinesiology, you're introduced to different areas of the field and get to learn a little bit about everything.
I like that my program teaches students to not only treat illnesses once people are already sick but how to prevent diseases and promote health on a population level!
Kimberly Lopez gives a voice to those who provide care within the long-term care sector using innovative research approaches to uncover racialized, gendered, and classed issues that structure care labour.
I love the versatility of the Health Studies program. I have the option to learn and focus on a specific area of health i.e., research, informatics, or clinical.
Janette Smith is the Commissioner of Public Works at the Region of Peel. She began her leadership role in Public Works in January 2017 after a twenty-seven year career in Health Services. Within Health Services, Janette held a number of progressive leadership positions including: Commissioner of Health Services, Director of Long Term Care, and Director of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention.
I like the atmosphere that surrounds Public Health as well as the Applied Health Sciences faculty. I have always had an enjoyable experience with my peers and professors!
My favourite part of my program is the smaller class sizes which allow me to connect with peers, build friendships, and feel comfortable in my learning environment. I enjoy completing projects and assignments knowing that the knowledge and skills I'm developing are transferrable to the world outside of the classroom and will help me be successful in my future career.
I like how my program gives me a base of knowledge for a variety of Kinesiology topics before letting us pick our own scope of focus within the field. I also enjoy the hands-on labs in the first couple of years.
I love the flexibility of my program and that I'm able to take a variety of courses that help guide me towards what I'm truly interested in.
Caitlin McArthur is on a mission to improve rehabilitation for residents living in long-term care. As a physiotherapist, her first-hand knowledge is an integral aspect that guides her doctoral research.
I like that Health Studies allows me to explore various fields of health care through my classes. Coming into university I knew I wanted to pursue a health care profession but I was never set on a specific field. To have the opportunity to customize my degree depending on the specialization I choose is perfect for me!
Jeff is Director, Partnerships at Golf Canada, where he is responsible for integrating brands throughout the organization’s portfolio of assets, from the RBC Canadian Open and CP Women’s Open to Youth Development to Team Canada. He has spent his career in sports marketing, working for and with teams in the NHL, NBA, MLS, NFL, English Premier League, Serie A and the Canadian Olympic Committee.
I enjoy that my program has allowed me to study recreation in the broad sense and take courses in tourism, sports business, and therapeutic.
You have many opportunities to customize your degree and make it unique to your goals, interests, and what you're passionate about! Therapeutic recreation is so versatile and the program loans itself nicely to a variety of minors and options in many disciplines.
I love the fact that I am able to share what I’m learning about human health, function, and movement to those around me in a practical and relevant way.
As a Health Studies student, I love that we study all aspects of health, disease, and healthcare, while also having room for various electives and the opportunity to gain practical work experience with the Co-op option!
Andrew Robertson continues to work with new and innovative technologies to improve the lives of stroke patients. His training in the Aging, Health and Well-being doctoral program prepared him to continue with his research as a doctoral fellow.
I like that Health Studies gives me the opportunity to explore health from many different perspectives! The program has introduced me to a vast number of fields within health and several different careers that I can potentially pursue.
I chose Health Studies because of the diversity of the program. In addition to having almost two years of work experience when I graduate, I also get to learn about both the natural and social sciences, giving me a broad and specific view into human health and public health issues.
I love how small my program is because it is easy to get to know everyone. I also love the experience that we get in our classes such as programming and case studies.
I love how flexible Waterloo Kinesiology is! The first two years are packed with foundational courses, but then I can tailor my degree my way with the amount of electives we get in upper years.
I love that I have the opportunity to learn about health from a holistic perspective and apply my knowledge both inside and outside the classroom. The program and professors foster an incredible community where anyone will feel welcome and excited to learn!
Rebecca Genoe has long known that her life's work would be in the field of aging research. Now as an Associate Professor at the University of Regina, she recalls how her time at the University of Waterloo prepared her for academic life.
My favourite part of the program is the variety of disciplines and subject areas. I've learned about health from a biological, social science, ecological, and public health lens, really opening my eyes to the opportunities available in this field.
I love the flexibility Kinesiology provides in terms of electives and integration with other courses!
I like how tight-knit the Applied Health Sciences (AHS) community is as a whole. From professors, laboratory instructors, and of course, fellow students within the AHS community, they are all friendly, approachable, and welcoming, making university an enjoyable experience.
As a recent Master of Public Health (’16) graduate and a Law student at the University of Calgary, Christina dedicates her time and energy to growing FullSoul Canada, a social enterprise she co-founded to equip hospitals in developing countries with medical delivery kits.
I like that my program offers multiple minors/specializations which allowed me to pursue a gerontology minor. I also like the flexibility of my program as there are a lot of free electives.
Norma Jutan's in-depth experience working with big health data in her Aging, Health and Well-being doctorate made her a perfect candidate to continue working with these numbers as a Methodologist after her studies.
I love that my program has so many amazing minors, specializations, and options that allow us to branch off into the aspects of health studies that we are most interested in!
My favourite parts of being in Kinesiology are the people that I have met, the opportunities outside of the classroom to have unique experiences, and the course content.
My favourite part about Kinesiology is the freedom that I have to take courses that I am interested in and that will help me in my future career goals!
My program is amazing because it combines a basic foundation in science and math to various aspects of human health and how it impacts physical activity. It is the perfect pre-med pathway for me since it combines those necessary sciences with things that I am passionate about - nutrition, exercise, and wellbeing!
John (BA '76) has had a very diverse career in both private and public sectors that include Ministries of Correctional Services, Health and Natural Resources. He is still active in promoting parks issues within CPRA and as a Board member of the Leisure Information Network. John is also a Board member of the Niagara Sports Commission where he is busy with a bid for the Canada Summer Games for Niagara.
I love that my program teaches me about multiple different aspects of health and not just the classic sciences. I love that I'm learning how to make health more accessible and make the world a better place through health.
Ashley Flanagan brings gender identity and aging to the forefront in her dissertation research by challenging the way we currently think about and understand successful aging.
I really enjoy the variety of courses we take, not only do we cover the physiology of diseases, but also take a look at the upstream social determinants of health. Health Studies is a great program for really exploring different avenues in the field of health care.
I really enjoy the hands-on, applicable, and interactive aspect of the Kinesiology program here at Waterloo.
I choose Waterloo Therapeutic Recreation because I knew I wanted to help people coming into university but I didn’t know exactly in what capacity. Coming into first year in general Recreation and Leisure studies allowed me to try a little bit of each Recreation program and choose what I liked best: Therapeutic Recreation!
I love that my program is filled with really friendly staff and students! There are so many great ways to meet people on campus (even online), and the AHS community is great for making new connections!
Luke Turcotte studies large health databases in order to determine which factors influence the path to recovery for rehabilitation patients. The goal of his dissertation work is to help older adults regain function and achieve independence again.
I love my program because it provides a great balance between organic sciences and social sciences. There is a lot of flexibility to take a variety of courses!
My favourite thing about Kinesiology is the tight-knit community. Students and faculty are always approachable and supportive!
I like that my program provides me with enough electives to pursue a minor or double major in Psychology!
I chose my program for the wide variety of classes it has to offer me. I knew that studying Kinesiology here at Waterloo would allow me to learn from many different aspects of the sciences such as biomechanics, neuroscience, and ergonomics before having to decide which of them I wanted to go more into for studying and a future career.
I like the broad scope of study in public health, you get the best of both worlds understanding the effects social and natural sciences have on individuals and the population.
Public Health at the University of Waterloo provides me with unique opportunities to visualize health from a broader lens. It incorporates fundamental disciplines such as epidemiology, climate change, health policy, biostatistics, biology, social and cultural perspectives. One of the biggest reasons I love Public Health is because of the meaningful contributions you can make through research or creating strategies to reduce or control various global concerns.
I like that my program allows me to understand health care from a different perspective, at a population level. I also like that my program offers room through electives to explore other areas of interest.
My favourite part about Therapeutic Recreation is all of the hands-on experience we get throughout our degree! Many of our courses include experiential learning components and we have a practicum and internship.
I chose the recreation and sport business program because it allows me to combine my two passions together: business and sports! This program provides me with the knowledge I need to not only excel in a business career but also provides me with the real-world experience needed to pursue a career in the sports industry.
I like that my program has really opened my eyes to the tourism industry and made me realize how much of a global impact it actually has. Also, I love the unique co-op opportunities my program offers!
I like the tight-knit recreation and sports business community, I know that if opportunities ever become available profs and mentors will always do their best to make sure we hear about them first. I also like that with the program we get to learn beyond the classroom in the form of day trips or volunteer opportunities.
I like that my program is hands-on and I get to implement what I learn within the community. In one of my classes, I was able to apply what I learned when completing an accessibility assessment of a building on campus!
I love that my program combines recreation and healthcare into one, and allows me to gain hands-on experiences to further develop my skills.
I love to learn with friendly and knowledgeable professors while also having the ability to meet many new friends! The tourism industry is always changing and adapting which provides very interesting course material!
I like that my program gives me opportunities to learn about the many different aspects of therapeutic recreation. I also like that it’s a small program and I am able to connect with my peers and professors on a more personal level.
I like that my program is very flexible and covers various health related topics.
I like that my program is so hands-on.