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Health Sciences 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.

*This Health Sciences program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.


Health Sciences* 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 Sciences, 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 grads have been up to one year after their graduation:

55% Professional or graduate programs

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

43% 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

2% Other (e.g., travelling, job searching, etc.)

More information

*In September 2022, Health Sciences will be the new name for our Health Studies program. It's the same great program - just a new name! As you look around this site, you'll see references to Health Studies since the name doesn't change until September 2022.