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Applied Research Methods in Health Sciences

Applied Research Methods in Health Sciences


Courses in this learning track address the ways in which health-related research is conducted, with the inclination for advancing critical-reasoning skills. Courses that comprise this learning track will introduce fundamental skills involved in research methodology determination and statistical analysis of data. Students will have the opportunity to build mixed methods research designs as well as learn to navigate the process of literature review and experimental design. Some courses hone in on discipline-specific research methodologies as well, allowing for application of experimental design to particular fields.

This track requires students to take a total of 5 courses; 4 Required and 1 Additional

Track Coordinator: Dr. Qingling Duan

Required Courses

All of these courses must be taken for this track to be completed

This course can be taken as an option course towards your Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, however is offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science. Please visit Arts and Science Online to review when this course will be offered and all pertinent information pertaining to this course.

BMED 270, Fundamentals of Health Research Methodology introduces fundamentals of health-related research methods with a focus on developing critical reasoning skills, using examples from a wide range of health-related research topics.

Prerequisites: Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing and one of STAT 263/3.0; BIOL 243/3.0; CHEE 209/3.0; ECON 250/3.0; GPHY 247/3.0; KNPE 251/3.0; NURS 323/3.0; POLS 385/3.0; PSYC 202/3.0; SOCY 211/3.0; STAT 267/3.0; STAT 367/3.0; COMM 162/3.0 or permission of the instructor

Instructor: Dr. Helene Ouellette-Kuntz

BMED 370, Genetics and Genomics is an interdisciplinary course that will provide an introduction to the field of applied genomics for identifying genes underlying multifactorial traits, diseases, and drug treatment outcomes.

Prerequisites: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and BCHM 218/3.0 or BCHM 270/3.0 or permission of the instructor

Instructor: Dr. Qingling Duan

BMED 383, Advanced Research Methodologies will develop the understanding of the three primary types of research employed in health sciences: experimental quantitative, observational quantitative, and qualitative. For each approach, research procedures will be explored.

Prerequisites: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and (BMED 270/3.0 or EPID 301/3.0 or HLTH 252/3.0 or PSYC 203/3.0 or SOCY 210/3.0) or permission of the instructor


Additional Courses

Students must take at least ONE (1) of the following courses to complete this track

BMED 470, Principles of ‘Omics’ will build on the information learned in BMED 370 and explore the integration of genomics with other ‘omics’ such as transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics and metabolomics data in the study of mechanisms controlling biological processes and disease risk. This course will cover technological advances in omics data collection, computer systems for management and processing, as well as methods for the integrative analysis of large-scale omics data in biomedical research.

Prerequisites: Minimum of 4th year (Level 4) standing and BMED 370/3.0 or permission of the instructor

Instructor: Dr. Qingling Duan

BCHM 482, Proteomics and Metabolomics covers the basic principles of protemoics and metabolomics and their application in the new systems biology ‘omics’ approach to scientific discovery. This course will emphasize methodologies used and the applications in research and medical diagnostic settings.

Prerequisites: For BHSc students: Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing and BCHM 218/3.0, BCHM 270/3.0 and BMED 370/3.0 or permission from the instructor. For non-BHSc students: BCHM 315/3.0 and BCHM 316/3.0 or BCHM 310/9.0 or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Dr. Robert Campbell

IDIS 280, Interprofessional Approaches in Healthcare aims to prepare learners with the knowledge and capabilities for working within complex interprofessional environments that are common in the healthcare sector.

Prerequisites: Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing or permission of the instructor

Instructors: Dr. Rosemary Brander

IDIS 480, Advanced Interprofessional Approaches in Healthcare presents philosophies and methodologies crucial for safe and excellent teamwork in healthcare. It aims to prepare students with additional knowledge and advanced capabilities to work within complex interprofessional environments.


Prerequisites: Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing in the BHSc program and IDIS 280/3.0 or permission from the instructor

Instructors: Dr. Rosemary Brander