Take a different approach to fighting disease.
Focus on preventing illness, not simply treating people once they get sick. At Waterloo, you’ll learn how to promote healthy lifestyles, improve health care systems, and bring together the science and the social aspects of health.
Whether you opt for the regular or co-op stream, Health Studies gives you the skills for improving human health, along with lots of room for electives. And with 5 specializations and dozens of campus-wide minors, you can tailor your studies to your specific areas of interest.
You’ll graduate with the skills to tackle global health epidemics, transform public health policy, and pave the way for new medical breakthroughs.
Be more than a number
With small tutorial sizes right from first year, you’ll really get to know your classmates — and your world-renowned professors.
Friends for life
Make lasting bonds through the Health Living-Learning Community, mentorship programs, and health-related student clubs.
About the Health Studies program
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies
Specializations and options to customize your degree
Offered by the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Join the Health Studies Living-Learning Community
Health Studies admission requirements
- Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Biology (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- The following courses are recommended: English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions, Physics (for students interested in the Pre-Health Professions specialization)
- Admission averages: Regular: Low 80s | Co-op: Mid-80s
- An Admission Information Form is recommended
- Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements database
September to December
January to April
After first year
About half of the classes you’ll take will be Health Studies 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.
Customize your Bachelor of Science in Health Studies degree
You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including a minor or one of the specializations in Health Studies.
- Minor in Gerontology
- Option in Aging Studies
- Health Informatics Option
- Pre-Clinical Specialization
- Health Research Specialization
Gain relevant work experience through co-op
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Genetic counselling assistant
- Healthy women project coordinator
- Health promotion assistant
- Patient flow facilitator
- Clinical research assistant
- Health and safety specialist
Sample co-op employers
- Cancer Care Ontario
- University Health Network
- Trillium Health Centre
- Heart and Stroke Foundation
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Regional Municipality of Peel
Careers in Health Studies
Your Health Studies degree lays the foundation for a career in health professions such as medicine, physiotherapy, dentistry, and occupational health. Or, go on to pursue an accelerated master’s degree in our School of Public Health and Health Systems.
Sample careers of our graduates
- Youth Coordinator, Dignitas International
- Health Promotion Specialist, City of Hamilton
- Director, Clinical Evaluation, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
- Provincial Program Manager, Residential Campaign, Heart and Stroke Foundation
- Youth Services Officer, Service Canada
- Assistant Summer Holiday Director, Ontario March of Dimes
- Workforce Planning Analyst, Reliance Home Comfort
While the full range of further education depends on your individual interests, these are common areas where graduates pursued a master's, PhD, or other professional program.
- Speech language pathology
- Public health
- Health informatics