An understanding of human health is incomplete without an understanding of health within the global context. A complex web of relationships and interactions produce themes of global health that can be seen as emergent properties of the human experience.
Engaging with global health issues requires an interdisciplinary academic experience. The specialization in Global Health in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program provides students with an environment that incorporates insight from the traditional academic fields of anthropology, philosophy, ethics and law, while drawing heavily on the expertise present within the Faculty of Health Sciences in the domains of biostatistics & epidemiology, health economics & policy, molecular medicine & pathology, and health research methodology.
A core component of the specialization revolves around a four-month embedded learning experience with partners and institutions abroad and within Canada. Students spend a year adding to their knowledge and personal development domains in preparation for this experience and will explore curriculum upon their return, which is designed to maximize the experiential learning that occurred outside the formal boundaries of the university.
The specialization is a unique undergraduate opportunity that challenges students to embrace complexity through the development of a global consciousness and the understanding of health as a fundamental component of the human experience. Graduates will attain the knowledge to undertake further studies at the postgraduate level. They will have an opportunity to explore personal developmental and an academic skill set necessary for the role as contributors to global health issues.
Students registered in Health Science 1 who are interested in this specialization will apply during early March to early April via MUGSI/SOLAR by completing the Application for Admission to Level II. In addition students must submit a 500 word statement of interest. Instructions regarding content and process are posted in the Global Health Specialization folder on Learnlink. Enrolment is limited to approximately 20 to 30 students entering in Level II.
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After completion of BHSc Level I and upon acceptance into the Global Health Specialization, registration begins in Level II.