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About the Program

“I love everything about the course so far – the course content, the discussions that challenge us to interact with the material and apply it to other situations, and the assignments that ask us to use the information we’ve learned in real world scenarios. The prof and TAs are awesome and so helpful and approachable!”

—BHSc Student, March 2016

Queen’s University is proud to offer one of Canada’s newest and most innovative online degree programs. The Bachelor of Health Sciences degree is a collaborative, inter-professional program created by the University’s Faculty of Health Sciences. Students have access to, and learn from, scientists and professionals within Medicine, Rehabilitation Therapy, Nursing, Global Health, Public Health Sciences, and Biomedical Science.

Program Overview

This degree program may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis and offers a significant amount of customization. Students choose from a variety of strategically designed courses, many of which have been created specifically for the program. Further specialization is encouraged through a series of unique learning tracks allowing for more in-depth study in specific fields of interest.

The curriculum has been designed to develop students’ competencies and skillsets in relation to careers across the health professions. These competencies have been endorsed by healthcare professional schools and have been integrated into the program so that individuals have the credentials to pursue further education in the health professions or graduate studies.

The online environment engages learners with purposeful assignments, requiring students to apply knowledge learned within courses and modules with real world applicability. In addition, a full range of support services is available to ensure student success.

Learning Tracks

Students with an interest in a particular field of the health sciences are able to further customize their curriculum by taking one of six specially-designed learning tracks. These collections of themed courses offer in-depth investigation in a variety of fields ranging from the Chemical Basis of Biology to Global and Population Health. They are completely optional and any student in the honours program can enrol in a learning track of their choice.

Courses within the learning tracks are also available to students on an individual basis, meaning that they don’t have to be registered in a learning track to benefit from its content.

Learning tracks include:

Learning Outcomes

This program aims to address a variety of themes that encompass the health sciences. Upon completing this program, students will have an understanding of:

Develop an integrated understanding of mechanisms and pathways involved in biochemical, subcellular, and cellular function to articulate the underpinnings of tissue function in health and disease.

Integrate the functions of tissues and organs to identify when and why they deviate from normality.

Critically analyze the development of human structure and system function from birth to death and health to disease to recognize the need for intervention.

Predict the interaction between chemical and lifestyle interventions and the body (i.e. drug treatment, diet, exercise) to evaluate the potential benefits and adverse effects.

Characterize the role of microbes, immunity, and inflammation in health, infection, and disease in order to define their contributions to these processes.

Evaluate the impact of social, physical, and cultural influences on individuals, communities, and populations to prepare graduates to be health advocates and educators.

Integrate previous and current policy, ethics, and law underlying health care systems to apply best practices when evaluating and implementing health initiatives.

Use quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and critically evaluate scientific literature and data to fill gaps in knowledge.

Student studying around campus

Curriculum

“This is by far (really far) the most interesting elective I’ve ever taken…I’ve taken many online courses in the past and I’ve never received the kind of support I received.  I never once felt disadvantaged for not having in class interactions.”

—BHSc Student, April 2016

 

The Bachelor of Health Sciences curriculum provides the depth of knowledge and background theory necessary to understand not only how the human body functions in health and disease, but also how its environment – both physical and social – play major roles in health and disease.

Introductory and advanced courses in the chemical basis of biology, physiology, and anatomy provide students with a strong scientific background. Students will also learn how the body defends itself against microbes and pathogens, and how the body can use external medications to combat infection and disease. This is accomplished through such courses as microbes, infection, immunity, and inflammation, pharmacology, toxicology, and therapeutics. The courses feature embedded active learning components, simulations, and virtual labs to enhance application of theoretical concepts.

The curriculum addresses the societal context of health and disease, which is an important component of health and healthcare often overlooked in current undergraduate health programs. Courses on the social and physical determinants of health and disease, the history, ethics, law and policy of health and healthcare, and global and population health will prepare students for application of health concepts to “real-life” scenarios, as well as to emerging challenges in healthcare. To provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and advocate for populations, some courses will contain ‘experiential learning’ components, whereby students are required to complete a number of hours volunteering in a healthcare or other related setting.

Another core element of the curriculum is an understanding of the research methods required to analyze basic science and population data. Courses in statistics, research methodologies, and the fundamentals of ‘omics’ (e.g. genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, pharmacogenomics) will allow students to develop research questions and methodologies to address gaps in health science. Simulations, virtual labs, and living labs (in which students in the course generate their own data, or obtain real data online to analyze) will complement these courses, again allowing students to develop their application skills.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
  • Any online course, including options
  • Any online course, including options
  • Any online course, including options
  • Any online course, including options
First Year Medical Students in showcasing learning technique with Dr. Michael Adams

Faculty

“Sometimes as a student, it is difficult to feel your professors’ genuine care for your well-being, but [their] support and kindness has made everything so much more manageable for me.”

—BHSc Student, April 2016

Core instructors for this program have been selected from across the Faculty of Health Sciences 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.

Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty

Dr. Michael Adams

Michael A. Adams, PhD

Co-Director, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Professor, and Department Head

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

John S. Allingham, PhD, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Structural Biology, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

John S. Allingham, PhD

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Structural Biology

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Susan Boehnke, PhD

Senior Scientist

Centre for Neuroscience Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences

Laura Butler, MD, CCFP

Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Robert Campbell

Robert L. Campbell, PhD

Assistant Professor, Academic Advisor for BHSc students (last names S-Z)

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Jenn Carpenter, MD, FRCPC, CCFP

Director, Office of Global Health and Medical Director, Pamoja Tunaweza Women's Clinic, Tanzania

Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

Cheryl Cline, PhD

Associate Professor, Director, Faculty of Health Sciences Office of Bioethics and Ethics Lead, Undergraduate Medicine Program

Departments of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and Philosophy (cross-appointment), Faculty of Arts and Science

Qingling Duan, PhD

Assistant Professor and Queen's National Scholar in Bioinformatics

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Rylan Egan

Rylan G. Egan, PhD

Co-Director, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Assistant Professor, and Director OHSE

Office of Health Sciences Education, Faculty of Health Sciences

Hisham S. Elbatarny, MD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Hisham S. Elbatarny, MD

Assistant Professor

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Charles H. Graham, PhD

Professor

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Laura Kinderman, PhD, Associate Director, Bachelor of Health Sciences & Office of Health Sciences Education, and Assistant Professor, Office of Health Sciences Education, Faculty of Health Sciences

Laura E. Kinderman, PhD

Associate Director, Bachelor of Health Sciences & Office of Health Sciences Education, and Assistant Professor

Office of Health Sciences Education, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Klodiana Kolomitro

Klodiana Kolomitro, PhD

Assistant Professor and Educational Developer

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Madhuri Koti, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Leslie MacKenzie

Leslie W. MacKenzie, PhD

Associate Professor

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Nancy L. Martin, PhD

Associate Professor

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Jeanne Mulder

Jeanne E. Mulder, PhD

Program Development Associate, Bachelor of Health Sciences and Assistant Professor, Academic Advisor for BHSc students (last names F-K)

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Helene Ouellette-Kuntz, PhD

Professor

Department of Public Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences

Terence Ozolins, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Terence Ozolins, PhD

Assistant Professor

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Nikki Philbrook

Nikki A. Philbrook, PhD

Program Development Associate, Bachelor of Health Sciences and Assistant Professor, Academic Advisor for BHSc students (last names L-R)

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Susan Phillips, MD, MSc, CCFP, Professor and Coordinator, Women's Health Program, Department of Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

Susan Phillips, MD, CCFP

Professor and Coordinator, Women's Health Program

Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

Will Pickett, PhD

Professor and Head

Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Science

Cynthia M. Pruss, PhD

Assistant Professor

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. William Racz

William J. Racz, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Prameet Sheth, PhD

Assistant Professor

Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

Myron R. Szewczuk, PhD, Professor, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Myron R. Szewczuk, PhD

Professor

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Chandra Tayade, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Chandra Tayade, DVM, PhD

Associate Professor

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Laura van Staalduinen

Laura van Staalduinen, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Sonal Varma, MD, FRCPC, Assistant Professor, Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

Sonal Varma, MBBS, FRCPC

Assistant Professor

Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

Christopher A. Ward, PhD

Associate Director (Studies), Bachelor of Health Sciences, and Associate Professor, Academic Advisor for BHSc students (last names A-E)

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Arts and Science Faculty

Alan Ableson, PhD

Jill Atkinson, PhD

Ugurhan Berkok

John Carran, PhD

Adam Chippindale, PhD

Christopher Fanning, PhD

Kenton Ko, PhD

Jeffrey Lalonde, MSc (A)

Robert May, PhD

Charles Molson, MSc

Robert Morrison, PhD

Marsha Singh, PhD

Lori Vos

Stephen Walker

Academic Support

“I want to thank you for making students feel like valuable members of the course. We weren’t just treated as students but also as people you could learn from and valued. That is so special and fairly rare in courses. It really makes the learning environment positive and I believe it contributed to my success in this course.”

—BHSc Student, April 2016

Bachelor of Health Science students who have academic questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the program’s Academic Advisors.  These are faculty members specifically trained to provide confidential academic support to students in need.  Students may request assistance by sending an email to bhscadvisor@queensu.ca.  An Academic Advisor will then respond as soon as possible.

Academic Advisors

Program Leadership

The Bachelor of Health Sciences program is offered through the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University.  The Faculty is comprised of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Rehabilitation Therapy and was established in 1854.  Today, it offers a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs in addition to a highly integrated health research program.  The Dean of the Faculty is Dr. Richard Reznick.

Program Leads