Higher TA-to-student ratios than traditional programs
You design your own learning schedule
Newly developed courses
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The costs of earning a degree online are also significantly less than a traditional on-campus experience.
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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.
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.
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.
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.