Information on adding a minor, option and/or specialization
To declare a minor, option and/or specialization submit a completed Plan modification or internal/faculty transfer application form and have the appropriate department approve your request. Read and follow the instructions on the form, then submit it to the Registrar's Office for processing.
Please do not send your completed form by email attachment.
Note: Be aware of the double counting of courses.
Taking a course at another University
If you are in satisfactory or better standing in your current University of Waterloo program, you may request permission to take course(s) at another university for credit toward your degree at the University of Waterloo. A maximum of five units can be obtained in this way. Credit will be given only if the grade is 60% or higher and the Letter of permission form is approved by the School's Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies or Administrative Coordinator, Undergraduate Studies before taking the course. You should provide details of the course(s) to be taken and the reasons for the request. Provide the official course descriptions or website addresses for the course(s) you wish to take to the department(s) responsible for assessment for course equivalency. The request for course equivalency will not be considered without course descriptions. All courses taken on a letter of permission will be recorded with a grade of Credit granted (CR) and will not factor into cumulative or major averages. Please read and follow the instructions carefully. It will be your responsibility to ensure that an official transcript is sent to the Registrar's Office, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1, within two months of the completion of the course(s). If you are intending to use the course(s) from another institution to complete your degree requirements, please ensure timely request/submission of official transcripts to the Registrar’s Office to avoid a possible delay in graduation.
Note: The granting of any letter of permission by the University of Waterloo does not necessarily confirm that you will be able to enrol in the approved course at the other university. There may be restrictions (i.e. on class enrolment) at that institution. You should contact that institution's registrar office for procedural details. Any changes to the original letter of permission must be resubmitted for approval prior to completion of the course.
What happens if a student doesn’t maintain a certain average in their first term?
Please refer to academic standing for minimum academic averages for each program. Check your unofficial transcripts at the beginning of each term for transcript text and your overall academic standing. This standing will be based on your cumulative average and your major average of all of the courses (passed or failed) that you have taken at Waterloo while enrolled as an undergraduate.
Students who receive a Conditional standing in their first term are strongly advised to meet their academic advisor for plan-specific advice.
- If a student does not meet the Satisfactory cumulative average (CAV – all courses) and/or major average (MAV – all HLTH courses) for their degree at the end of any term, then a Conditional or Failed - Required to Withdraw standing will apply:
- Health Studies: 63% CAV and 67% MAV
- Public Health: 70% CAV and 75% MAV
- In most cases, students with a Conditional standing are granted one additional term to attain a Satisfactory standing or they will be required to withdraw from their current plan.
- Students in Conditional standing will be required to withdraw from the Co-operative Education plan. They may continue in the Regular plan, if after one term of study, the Conditional standing is cleared.
- Students may be required to withdraw from AHS at any time under special circumstances, such as leaving the plan without notification (changing their sequence without first speaking with an advisor) or failing to write an examination.
- Students can graduate with failing grades on their transcript as long as they meet the minimum requirements: 20 units including all required courses successfully completed within eight years of beginning the program, a 63% cumulative and a 67% major average for Health Studies or a 70% cumulative and a 75% major average for Public Health.
Term Dean’s Honours List
To recognize outstanding academic achievement, the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences has established the Term Dean's Honours List.
International Exchange (requirements and eligibility)
Refer to AHS International Exchange for information, including eligibility criteria and application process. Before you apply, you should:
Transfer to Applied Health Sciences
If you are currently an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo and wish to apply to any program within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, you will be applying for an internal transfer into Applied Health Sciences.
To transfer into the Bachelor of Honours Health Studies or Bachelor of Public Health program, please refer to the Transfer to Public Health and Health Systems page for information including deadlines and online form submission.
How to fill out pre-enrolment forms (to enroll in courses)
Pre-enrolment, also referred to as course selection, is the process of making course requests for a future term using Quest, completed in a block of time (approximately one week in length) before open class enrolment begins for that future term. Faculties will make teaching plans using this course demand data. Visit the course selection offerings list for undergraduate students to view the available future term courses.
- Refer to your Undergraduate Calendar (Health Studies or Public Health) or your individual course sequence to determine required and/or restricted elective courses for the specific term.
- Check the course descriptions to ensure you meet the prerequisites for the course.
- Check the Schedule of Classes to ensure you meet the reserves for the course.
- Set the appropriate priority level to each course selected.
- Submit a SPHHS Consent Form for courses that requires department consent. You must indicate the topic title, class, section and what requirement the course will fulfill in your degree, minor, option and/or specialization.
Where to go for career advising
How to apply to the accelerated master's program?
Learn more about the Accelerated Master's Program(s) in Public Health and Health Systems. Information on how to apply can be found on LEARN > Health Student Community Group > SPHHS forms > Accelerated Masters.
Process for changing programs, adding or dropping co-op
Change from Co-op to Regular
You will need to submit a completed Plan modification or internal/faculty transfer application form and a proposed course sequence/plan to complete your degree. Your SPHHS academic advisor will review and approve or decline with recommendations regarding your request.
Note: Normal processing time is two weeks, but may be subject to a review of your academic performance in the current term. Allow for processing time during course selection or add/drop dates.
Co-op fee inquiries can be addressed with co-op advisors.
Students are permitted to transfer from Co-op to Regular provided they have not committed themselves to a job.
Change from Regular to Co-op
You will need to submit a completed Plan modification or Internal/faculty transfer application form, an updated résumé and a proposed course sequence/plan to complete your degree to your SPHHS academic advisor.
Things to consider:
- Refer to your Undergraduate Calendar (Health Studies and Public Health) or your individualized course sequence for when required courses are offered.
Note: Some required courses are scheduled in specific terms or academic levels as they are prerequisites for upper year HLTH courses.
- Only one double work term (eight months) is permitted.
- Decisions will be made after all final grades are available. You need to achieve a minimum Good standing to be considered for co-op.
- Submission deadlines for review of request: July 1 and November 1.
What to do if students can’t get into a required and/or restricted elective course in the scheduled semester?
If you are unable to enrol in a course using Quest, there are a few things you should consider.
- Do you have the necessary pre-requisites? Check course descriptions.
- Is the class full? Check the Schedule of Classes.
- Are there reserves (seats held for specific groups of students)? Check the Schedule of Classes.
- Do you have a “Hold” on your Quest account?
- Are you scheduled for an academic term or co-op term?
- Did you set the appropriate priority level for the course(s)?
In some conditions you may contact the instructor to request permission to enrol. If they approve, have them sign a course override form and submit it to the Registrar's Office for processing.
Note: If the instructor does not agree to allow an override, you can watch enrolment numbers on Quest during the first week of classes. If a seat suddenly becomes available, you should be able to grab it.
Please contact a SPHHS undergraduate academic advisor for advice on your academic course sequence.
What does WD on a transcript mean?
WD: Withdraw, no credit granted
For a list of non-numeric grades and designations, see the transcript legend.
Can students take less than 100% course load? Will it affect anything? Can they take more?
To have full-time status, you must be enrolled in at least 1.5 units in a term. Please contact Student Awards & Financial Aid for implications on OSAP & government aid if you take less than the minimum 1.5 units.
Consult with your SPHHS academic advisor if you require changes to your course sequence. Reducing course load or withdrawing from required/restricted elective courses may affect your academic term/level of study, your ability to get into upper courses and your degree progression.
Students can take a maximum of three units per term. Students who are taking a course load over three units should be mindful of WD dates found on the calendar of events and academic deadlines.
When do students have to declare a minor, option and/or specialization?
Check the faculty/department in the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar for the minors and options that are available to you which include requirements and when to declare them. Below is a list available to SPHHS students:
- Gerontology Minor
- Aging Studies Option
- Health Informatics Option
- Health Research Specialization – must declare by the beginning of the 3B term.
- Pre-Clinical Specialization – must declare by the beginning of the 3A term.
Note: Be aware of the double counting of courses.
Can students do two eight-month co-op terms?
You are permitted to do one eight-month co-op term.
How many courses can students take during co-op?
The course load page states that co-op students on work terms are limited to one course (0.5 unit), unless they have written support from their employer to take two courses (1.0 unit). Students will need to provide the employer’s written support with a course override form requesting a unit load to their SPHHS academic advisor. Once approved, students will bring to the Registrar’s Office for processing.
Can students triple count courses to meet cluster requirements? Can they double count?
Courses may only be counted once in your major/degree. Bachelor of Science, Honours Health Studies and Bachelor of Public Health Honours require successful completion of 20 units (40 credits). Review curriculum for specific required and restricted courses. Double counting of courses applies to two different plans:
- Degree (major) and minor or option or specialization
- Minor and option (cannot declare Gerontology Minor and Aging Studies Option) or specialization
- Option and specialization
How to get started on a health research specialization
Check the Health Research Specialization page to see if you meet the requirements. To declare the specialization, submit a completed Plan modification or internal/faculty transfer application form and have an SPHHS academic advisor approve your request. Read and follow the instructions on the form, then submit it to the Registrar's Office for processing.
Please do not send your completed form by email attachment.
Note: Be aware of the double counting of courses