The Bachelor of Health Sciences degree has been purposely built to align with the educational frameworks of professional 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 following six competencies, derived from the CanMEDS framework, have been interwoven throughout this program:
Fluently exchanges and integrates visual, written, oral, and visual ideas, beliefs, and knowledge within and between stakeholder groups.
Promotes and defends scientific, moral, and/or ethical disciplinary values and principles within or between stakeholder groups.
Leverages knowledge to guide, direct, and support (an) individual(s) and/or groups towards a predetermined and mutually beneficial end.
Summarizes, creates, and/or integrates current inter and intra disciplinary knowledge in the pursuit of extending understanding.
Upholds high standards in all endeavours to provide agreed upon products and services to stakeholders.
Leverages knowledge to negotiate relationships within a group that is greater than the summative value of its members.
This program aims to address a variety of themes that encompass the health sciences. Upon completing this program, students will have an understanding of:
1. How our cells keep us healthy
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.
2. How our bodies function when we’re sick and healthy
Integrate the functions of tissues and organs to identify when and why they deviate from normality.
3. How we change across our lifespan
Critically analyze the development of human structure and system function from birth to death and health to disease to recognize the need for intervention.
4. How drugs can help or hurt us
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.
5. How organisms and cells live and fight within us
Characterize the role of microbes, immunity, and inflammation in health, infection, and disease in order to define their contributions to these processes.
6. How our environment shapes our quality of life
Evaluate the impact of social, physical, and cultural influences on individuals, communities, and populations to prepare graduates to be health advocates and educators.
7. How governments impact our health
Integrate previous and current policy, ethics, and law underlying health care systems to apply best practices when evaluating and implementing health initiatives.
8. How we build and evaluate knowledge
Use quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and critically evaluate scientific literature and data to fill gaps in knowledge.