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Frequently Asked Questions

 Successful completion of the OSSD and the following prerequisite courses (English 4U*, Biology 4U, Chemistry 4U, and any 4U Mathematics), plus another two U or M level courses. Information for International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, international, and other educational systems are found in the BHSc Admission Regulations

*Minimum grade of 80% in ENG4U.

 No, this is not required but it is strongly recommended.

A minimum average grade requirement for admission to Queen’s is 75%. However, we anticipate the competitive average for admission to the BHSc program will be high 80’s.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate transfer students at this time. Students who have taken more than 2 university-level courses are ineligible for the BHSc program.

A total of 100 first year students will be admitted to the program for the Fall 2019.

For the most up-to-date information pertaining to tuition fees, please visit the website for the University Registrar:

Yes. Students who register as full-time students are eligible to apply for OSAP.

Students who demonstrate superior academic ability, creative and original thinking, involvement in school or community activities, and proven leadership can apply for a Queen’s major admission award: .

Please contact Queen’s Student Awards at or visit their website: for more information.

Students may submit their applications directly through OUAC using the code QH;

No. Students must register for full-time studies in the on-campus program, unless extenuating circumstances occur. If part-time is desired, consider the online BHSc degree.

Yes. International students are welcome to apply to the program. For international requirements, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website:

The BHSc program is a direct-entry program that has been purpose-built to provide graduates with pathways to future studies in the health professions, as well as opening the door to many career opportunities. Queen’s offers three programs related to human health: Health Sciences, Life Sciences, and Health Studies. All three programs offer experiential learning opportunities that embrace multi-disciplinary approaches including research opportunities. The common topic among these disciplines is the focus on the human, each providing viable paths to the health industry.

Health Programs at Queen's

Health Sciences

  • Focuses on the health of humans from multiple viewpoints: from global and population health to molecular biology, and everything in between.
  • Bridges the life & physical sciences with the social sciences.
  • A direct-entry program, either online or on-campus, enabling you to dive right into the health sciences from day one.
  • One or more subjects of interest can be explored in depth, allowing for specific areas of study to appear on your transcript.
  • The flipped classroom approach allows for in-depth discussions and inquiry-based learning, with an emphasis on developing skills including collaboration, communication, and advocacy.

Life Sciences

  • A true biomedical science at heart with lab experiences throughout your degree.
  • A first-year of exploration in the sciences before settling into the core curriculum of Life Sciences.
  • International opportunities that include the option to begin your first year studies at our Castle in England or to choose from multiple exchange opportunities across the globe in upper-years.
  • Either a fourth-year capstone project or an independent study, where you can complete your own research in a one-on-one setting.
  • The ability to add a minor (in many Arts and Science disciplines) to your degree.
  • With an emphasis on cells and molecules, you can focus your studies in sub-plans that align with your specific interest.
  • An accelerated opportunity to graduate school.

Health Studies

  • A social science at the core, the focus is on health promotion and wellness, health behaviour change, and global and population health.
  • A first-year of exploration throughout the social sciences including a foundational course, Social Determinants of Health (HLTH 101), before settling into the upper year core curriculum of Health Studies.
  • Unique research-based course stream that includes a third year research skills development internship followed by an individually tailored honours thesis.
  • A fourth-year capstone community-based project in health program planning and evaluation.
  • The ability to add a minor (in many Arts and Science disciplines) to your degree.
  • International opportunities that include the option to begin your first year studies at our Castle in England or spend a term at the Castle in one of the upper year health programs that focus on global health and disability, or to choose from multiple exchange opportunities across the globe in upper-year.

The BHSc program at Queen’s offers a wide variety of courses, ranging from those that are rooted in biomedical science to those that explore health and healthcare on a global scale. Courses have been designed so that students will maximize their learning of course material, encouraging interaction with both peers and professors.

For more information on courses required for the degree, click here.

For more information on program and course structure, click here.

Students who graduate with a health sciences degree often find careers in one of three areas: health policy, management, and research.

Additionally, many students who study health sciences are interested in pursuing professional programs that train them to become healthcare professionals, including medical doctors, dentists, and physiotherapists.

For more information on possible career paths, click here.

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