Health Studies student with Professor Mielke

As a Waterloo Health Studies student you'll be working with world-class professors that are making a difference in health in Canada and worldwide.

Health Studies is shifting the focus of traditional health

At the University of Waterloo, you'll study human health in a non-traditional way. Rather than a focus on treatments after diagnosis, we have a larger vision: to find strategies for preventing disease, promoting health, and improving health care services to make them more integrated and responsive.

Be prepared to tackle health challenges and look for the keys to transforming the health of individuals, communities, and health care systems in Canada and around the world.


Health Studies is a direct entry Bachelor of Science (BSc) program available through our co-op or regular system of study. You must choose regular or co-op when you apply.

Opportunities to focus your studies:


You also have the option to pursue an accelerated master’s degree within the School: Master of Science, Master of Public Health, Master of Health Informatics, or Master of Health Evaluation.

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Graduate success

With your Bachelor of Science in Honours Health Studies, you'll be well prepared for careers in public health, research, and health policy, as well as for health profession programs such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, and epidemiology.

Over the past few years, here’s what some of our Health Studies grads have been up to one year after their graduation:

57% Professional or graduate programs

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Health Informatic​s​
  • Speech Language Pathology

39% Starting a career

  • Scientific evaluator, Health Canada
  • Research clerk, Cancer Care Ontario
  • Surgical coordinator, Ophthalmic Consultant Centre
  • Clinical research project assistant, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Programs and standards advisor, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

4% Other (e.g., travelling, job searching, etc.)

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