Courses for your Public Health degree

First-year courses and beyond

September to December

  • HLTH 101 – Introduction to Health 1
  • HLTH 103 – Biological Determinants of Health
  • HEALTH 107 – Sociology of Activity, Health, and Well-being
  • Two electives

January to April

  • HEALTH 150 – Foundations of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • HLTH 102 – Introduction to Health 2
  • PSYCH 101 – Introductory Psychology
  • HLTH 245 – Canadian Health Systems
  • One elective

This is a sample schedule. Courses or when a course is offered may change depending on availability.

After first year

About half of the classes you’ll take will be Health courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

View all the courses required for your degree.

Sample upper-year courses

HLTH 245 – Canadian Health Systems
HLTH 304 – Health Communication
HLTH 355 – Public Health Nutrition
HLTH 410 – Health Policy


Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact our Faculty of Health recruitment co-ordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Next steps