Biomedical Studies BHSc

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Biomedical Studies BHSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Getting your Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) from the University of Northern British Columbia means taking a wide range of modules focusing on the sciences which inform and underlie modern healthcare and health research. It is a fairly multidisciplinary field, and you will study aspects of the life sciences, the behavioural sciences, law, ethics, and the social sciences. In the end you’ll have gained a nuanced approach to human health and the factors which contribute to or harm it.

    This degree encompasses three distinct yet closely related Majors. These are the Major in Biomedical Studies outlined below, the Major in Community and Population Health: Aboriginal and Rural Health and the Major in Community and Population Health: Environmental Health. Other degree programs offered by the School of Health Sciences at UNBC include the Master of Arts in Disability Management, the Master of Sciences in Health Sciences and the PhD in Health Sciences. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 4 years of full time study.  

    Biomedical Studies Modules Include:

    • Basic Statistics
    • Cell and Molecular Biology
    • Ethics and Law in Health Care
    • First Nations Health and Healing
    • Functional Anatomy
    • General Chemistry I
    • General Chemistry II
    • General Chemistry Lab I
    • General Chemistry Lab II
    • Genetics
    • Health and Chronic Disease Management
    • Health Care Systems
    • Human Health and Development
    • Human Physiology I
    • Human Physiology I Lab
    • Human Physiology II
    • Human Physiology II Lab
    • Intermediary Metabolism
    • Introduction to Health Psychology
    • Introduction to Health Science I: Issues and Controversies
    • Introduction to Psychology I
    • Introduction to Psychology II
    • Introductory Biochemistry
    • Introductory Biology I
    • Introductory Biology I Laboratory
    • Introductory Biology II
    • Introductory Biology II Laboratory
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Organic Chemistry I
    • Organic Chemistry II
    • Organic Chemistry Lab I
    • Organic Chemistry Lab II
    • Principles of Epidemiology
    • Research Design and Methods for Health Sciences
    • Statistics for Business and the Social Sciences
    • The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada

    Learning And Teaching

    UNBC uses many different learning and teaching methods, depending on the subject of each module. These can include lectures and seminars, professional skills workshops and special events. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs. 

    UNBC’s BHSc program is delivered by the School of Health Sciences, which focuses on a holistic perspective on health and an awareness of the health care and research communities more broadly. 

    Career Possibilities

    This degree will prepare you for many different health care, academic or commercial research careers throughout Canada or the wider world. 

    Some students will seek out Master’s degree programs in Biology or other sciences, or will enter into specific professional programs such as medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, peach pathology, physical therapy or the veterinary sciences. Others will seek immediate employment in the biomedical, pharmaceutical or biotech industries, among many others.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BHSc degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a secondary school program with a high grade average in their relevant coursework, or the international equivalent.  

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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