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Bachelor of Health Sciences

Earn a Queen’s University degree. Anytime. Anywhere. Online.

Applications for Winter 2017 term (Degree and Non-degree Student) opens October 4, 2016.

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An Introduction

The Competency Framework

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Flexibility

This is an online program purposefully designed with flexibility at its core. Students can complete courses at their own pace and on a timetable that best suits their lifestyle. The degree may be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis, there are different entry points throughout the year, and students can choose from a General or Honours degree.

Customized Curriculum

Unlike many other traditional science programs, a significant amount of customization is possible through the Bachelor of Health Sciences program.  Optional courses comprise almost a third of the degree program, meaning that students can select courses that interest them the most.  These courses may be selected from a wide range of Arts and Science courses, further enhancing the multidisciplinary nature of the degree.

Students who develop a particular interest in a specific area of the health sciences may choose to take one of six specially-designed learning tracks.  These provide a more specialized focus within a particular field, ranging from Immunity and Inflammation to Global and Population Health.

Degree Options

Courses will be offered in three terms; Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer. Students are able to start the program or take courses at different times if core courses are offered in more than one term.  Students will also be able to take different course loads throughout their degree, allowing them the flexibility to balance their studies with personal commitments.  For example, a student may decide to take three courses in the first term, five courses in the second, and two courses in the third, thereby satisfying the requirements for completing the first year of study and enabling progression to the second year.

Students can choose from two degree options.  After the equivalent of three full years of study (90 credits), students are eligible to receive the Bachelor of Health Sciences (General) degree.  Those who are eligible and wish to continue their studies may add an additional 30 credits to receive the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) degree.

Multidisciplinary Focus

Beginning in the first year, students have access to a wide variety of courses from across disciplines.  Selections may be taken from traditional science courses, new and innovative health science courses, and arts electives such as English and Psychology.  Not only are many of these courses multidisciplinary in focus, they are also immediately relevant to different career paths as they provide the necessary background for admission to a wide variety of professional health programs and graduate studies.

Interactive Learning

An interactive learning community exists in all Bachelor of Health Sciences courses through media such as live videoconferencing, online tutorials and exam preparation sessions, and discussion boards.

Students will encounter extensive interaction between their peers through group activities and peer evaluation, and with their teaching assistants (TAs) through assignment questions and written feedback provided on assignments.

Faculty interaction will be emphasized through discussion forums, videos, written feedback on assignments, and tutorial sessions. There is a commitment to maintaining an educational environment that engages learners using innovative learning approaches and ensures that students have constant interactions with peers, TAs, and faculty members.

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Pathways to Health Professions

This program offers students access to courses that are prerequisites for admission to a wide variety of Health Professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, rehabilitation therapy, and nursing. These programs are increasingly competency-based, meaning that their graduates must achieve and demonstrate competency in specific health-related roles.  This concept has been specifically built into the Bachelor of Health Sciences curriculum, enabling our graduates to demonstrate their achievements in these roles upon applying to a health professional program, thereby strengthening their applications.

Career Paths

Graduates from this program are well-positioned to apply to a wide range of health professional programs including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and advanced two-year nursing programs, as well as public health sciences and health sciences graduate programs.

Laboratory Preparation

During the Spring/Summer term, students have the option to travel to Queen’s University’s Kingston campus to complete an intensive two-week laboratory course.  This optional experience gives students valuable hands-on lab experience in addition to the virtual lab/ simulation/ living lab gained from the online learning environment.

As some health professional programs in Canada require a physical lab component as part of their admission criteria, this unique laboratory course will offer students the opportunity to participate in a variety of laboratories, including physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, microbiology, and biochemistry labs.

This course will allow students to develop a variety of laboratory techniques and critical thinking skills, learn how to generate and test scientific hypotheses through the execution of well-planned methodologies, and further develop data acquisition strategies and skills in scientific communication through writing of lab reports.

Competency Framework

The Bachelor of Health Sciences degree has been purposely built to align with the educational framework of professional health schools.  It has been specifically designed to develop these skills in students by ensuring that all assessments in the core courses match to these skills, or ‘competencies’.  Students in the program will learn the content that matters and learn how to apply it through each of these competencies.  Upon graduation, students will have evidence to demonstrate in a job or professional school interview how they have achieved each of these competencies throughout the degree.  This could represent a significant competitive advantage over other applicants, especially in the application process for healthcare professional schools.  Instead of being expected to achieve competence in these roles upon graduation from a professional program, our graduates can demonstrate their competence upon entering the program.

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The Online Advantage

Online learning is becoming increasingly popular and the benefits are numerous.  Perhaps the biggest advantage of online learning is the flexibility it provides.  Students can work at their own pace and are not restricted by the traditional format and hours of a classroom experience.  Learning can happen anytime, anywhere, and this gives students the flexibility to customize learning to their own unique lifestyles.  This individual pace also encourages students to become more motivated and engaged as the learning happens at a time and place of each student’s choosing.

Technology

The Bachelor of Health Sciences degree integrates virtual classrooms and labs, real-time simulations, discussion forums, online modules, video lectures, and a host of other innovative technologies to ensure that learning is cutting-edge and accessible, around the clock.  As new educational tools and resources are introduced, they too can be seamlessly introduced into the curriculum.

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Tuition

The tuition fees for 2016-2017 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents are  $630.43 for a 3.0 unit course (typically a twelve-week course) and $1260.86 for a 6.0 unit course (typically a 24-week course)  For international students, tuition fees are $3052.81 for 3.0 units and $7005.62 for 6.0 units.

Cost Comparison

The costs of earning a degree online are also significantly less than a traditional on-campus experience.

 

On-Campus

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Tuition7300730073007300
Books Supplies1100110011001100
Residence14021
Off campus accommodation588258825882
Food202520252025
Total22421163071630716307

BHSc Online

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Tuition6300630063006300
Books Supplies1100110011001100
Total7400740074007400

At 2016 tuition levels, the cost of the four-year online Bachelor of Health Science degree is under $30,000 while an on-campus Bachelor of Science degree costs a minimum of just over $70,000.  The online degree is almost 60% less expensive than the on-campus experience, representing substantial cost savings.

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Queen’s Quality

Queen’s University is one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious institutions.  Top students from across the country and around the world are drawn to Queen’s each year by its  well-deserved reputation for academic excellence, an intensive research environment, and state-of-the-art facilities.  The Bachelor of Health Sciences degree is the latest example of high-quality, innovative programs developed by the University to meet future societal needs.

Welcome

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The Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) degree is a ground breaking multi-disciplinary program developed by Professors in the Faculty of Health Sciences. This program is purpose-built to be an online undergraduate degree to serve as a pathway to health professions. The program’s innovative competency-based curriculum and course design will position graduates for a wide range of health professional and graduate programs in the healthcare and health sciences fields. It is a truly flexible degree that allows students to learn anytime, anywhere.

The BHSc program provides students with the opportunity to meet and engage with an outstanding group of interprofessional Professors here in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Our teaching assistants are carefully selected from an exceptional pool of Queen’s senior undergraduate and graduate students . As a student in the BHSc program, you will be communicating with and learning from faculty and teaching assistants from a variety of fields of science and health care specialties, exposing you to the latest ideas and innovations in the broad field of health sciences. Student success is our top priority, and throughout your studies, you will be supported by a dedicated team.

One of the unique features of Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences is our tight-knit community. Thanks to our use of cutting edge digital technology, the BHSc program will foster that same sense of community and engagement. As a student, you will have the opportunity to participate in student groups, contribute to online discussions, and meet face-to-face online with faculty, staff, and peers. Although you may learn at a distance, in our program you are not distant from the vibrant Queen’s community, and there will be significant opportunities to develop personal relationships with your fellow students and instructors.

The BHSc degree plan is an incredibly flexible and customizable program. With part-time or full-time options, and you will have the ability to enrol at various points through the year. This program will truly adapt to the lifestyle of each individual student.

As a Dean, my dream is to graduate healthcare professionals who are better than the generation before them. We do this by setting the bar high. As a student, you will be challenged to ask questions, seek answers, advance care, and to inspire change. That’s the vision that we have not only for the BHSc program, but one that we share with the entire Faculty of Health Sciences.

 

Dr. Richard Reznick
Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

On behalf of the faculty and staff in the Faculty of Health Sciences, we are proud to officially introduce one of the country’s newest and most innovative degree programs. The Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) program has been in development for the last four years and represents a completely new approach to health sciences education.

The BHSc program is one of North America’s only fully-online health sciences degrees. It has been built around a suite of new and engaging courses designed specifically for the program, all of which help provide graduates with pathways to further studies in the health professionals. The curriculum is structured around a competency framework which enables students to demonstrate their abilities and apply their knowledge in different and more meaningful ways. This competency-based approach has also been recently introduced in medical schools across Canada, meaning that our students will be learning in the same way as their counterparts in health professional programs.

We are proud of this new program as it will bring new opportunities to those who were not previously in a position to begin a university career.   Students will be able to take Queen’s courses anytime, anywhere thanks to the online format, and they can develop a schedule that suits their individual needs and learn at their own pace. In addition, the costs of online learning are much lower than an on-campus experience, making this new health sciences degree program much more accessible than more traditional programs.

Perhaps the most rewarding part of developing this new program has been the comments we have already received from students currently registered in several courses offered for the first time this year. Their feedback has been nothing short of outstanding and it has become clear that our current students have felt engaged, interested, supported, and valued throughout the term.

I hope you will take this opportunity to learn more about the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at Queen’s University, and would encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have.

 

Dr. Michael A. Adams
Professor and Head, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences
Co-Director, Bachelor of Health Sciences

Dr. Rylan G. Egan
Assistant Professor and Director, Office of Health Sciences Education
Co-Director, Bachelor of Health Sciences

Dedicated Faculty

Instructors for this program have been selected from across the Faculty of Health Sciences and are leaders in their fields.  Students will be taught by scientists and health professionals in Medicine, Global Health, Public Health Sciences, and Biomedical Science.

All instructors for core Bachelor of Health Sciences courses are faculty members at Queen’s University and have been recruited because of their commitment to teaching and learning.  Many currently teach on-campus at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and the calibre of the faculty is a testament to the quality of the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree.

Innovative Courses

The Bachelor of Health Sciences program has been purpose-built to expose learners to a wide range of knowledge in the field.  Innovative courses have been developed such as “Developmental Origins of Health and Disease”, “Health Ethics, Law, and Policy”, and “Evolutionary Biology of Cancer”.  These courses are unique and have been designed specifically for Bachelor of Health Sciences students .  The courses also align with the educational framework of professional health schools.  All assessments in the core courses match to professional health skills, or ‘competencies’.  Students in the program will learn the content that matters, and learn how to apply it through each of these competencies.  Upon graduation, students will have evidence to demonstrate in a job or professional school interview how they have achieved each of these competencies throughout the degree.  This represents a significant competitive advantage over other applicants, especially in the application process for healthcare professional schools.  Instead of being expected to achieve competence in these roles upon graduation from a professional program, our graduates can demonstrate their competence upon entering the program.

Supportive Environment

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program will be able to access support services designed to ensure their success.  Technological support is available to support the online learning experience and all students will receive individual, continuous feedback based on personal analytics.

Students will have access to their progress and success throughout the program, being able to clearly track areas that are relevant to the requirements of professional programs.  They will also be able to discretely compare how they are improving throughout the program and compare this progress to their cohort.

All Queen’s students also have access to a wide variety of academic support services.  More information is available online at http://www.queensu.ca/academics/support.

Higher TA-to-student ratios than traditional programs

You design your own learning schedule

Newly developed courses