Health Sciences at Western University
The following are a list of courses required for admission to the program:
Six Grade 12U or M-level credits, including:
It is suggested that you take Grade 12U Chemistry if you wish to pursue a career in medicine or dentistry.
To be considered for the program, you need to have an average of 80% on six U or M level credits, including the prerequisites listed above. With that said, admission is competitive so try to strive for a higher average.
More information can be found here.
Health science is a great option for those looking to pursue a health-related career but don’t necessarily want to be restricted to taking natural science courses. If you want a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to health, this program would definitely be a good fit. I believe it’s a healthy balance of the social sciences, as well as the biological sciences. Many people decide health science is not for them as they expected a more rigorous science curriculum, so if that’s more of your preference, medical sciences or general sciences would be a better fit!
With that said, there are various streams in health science that you may choose to pursue, including rehabilitation sciences, health and aging, health promotion, and health science with biology, or you may opt to remain in the general health science stream. Typically, you begin taking courses in your chosen stream in 3rd and 4th year. Regardless of the stream you opt for, all students in health science will receive a Bachelors of Health Sciences (BHSc).
There are many opportunities provided outside of classes in this program. These include:
Practicum and Independent Study: The practicum courses allow students to apply their program knowledge by working with a community partner. There are two different practicums, and students are eligible to apply for their 4th year of study. Independent study allows students to work with a faculty member on a project.
Experiential and International Learning Opportunities: This encompasses Community Engaged Learning Courses (CEL) and International experiences. Community Engaged Learning Courses (CEL) involves service to the community as a part of the curriculum. Students may participate in a placement or project for a community organization. International experiences allow students to apply classroom theories in a new location.
Undergraduate Summer Research Internships (USRI): students can gain research experiences and learn new research methods alongside faculty mentors. There is special emphasis on professional development and at the end of the summer, students share their research with others.
Many students choose to pursue medicine or dentistry. Another common career path is occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, and speech-language pathology. This program also prepares students interested in careers or master’s-level education in areas of health promotion, health policy, gerontology, bioethics, or health measurement.
There are 3 styles of buildings for first year residence: traditional, suite-style and hybrid.
Traditional: Traditional-style residences are known for making the closest connections, where your floormates become like your family. Buildings include Delaware Hall, Medway-Sydenham Hall, Saugeen-Maitland Hall.
Suite-style: Geared toward more independent living, in Suite-Style you’ll look after more of your own domestic responsibilities, including the option to cook some of your own meals in a shared kitchen. Buildings include London Hall, Essex Hall, Elgin Hall, Lambton Hall and Alumni House.
Hybrid: This style boasts the best of both worlds! You’ll have a roommate living in the same room as you, but you’ll have more privacy in this semi-private style. Buildings include Ontario Hall and Perth Hall.
More information can be found here
I lived in Ontario Hall and would recommend it to anyone living on campus first year! The food was (arguably) the best on campus, and the rooms are modern and clean. The rooms are also spacious, and the layout is great for those who have a roommate. There is a subway and convenience store nearby, as well as the Thompson Recreation and Athletic Centre for those who enjoy keeping fit! Each floor has various study rooms equipped with whiteboards, and lounges with storage and a sink. There are also various facilities in the building such as a table tennis and pool room. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of the residences!