The following are a list of courses required for admission to the program:
Six Grade 12U or M-level credits, including:
- Grade 12U English (ENG4U)
- Grade 12U Biology (SBI4U)
- Grade 12U Advanced Functions
- Grade 12U Calculus and Vectors
- Grade 12U Math of Data Management
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.
Western Admission Scholarships (only 250 of these are given):
- For a Final admission average of 90.0% to 91.9%
- $2,500 each ($1,500 in first year, plus $1,000 for optional study abroad experience)
- For a Final admission average of 92.0% to 100.0%
- $3,500 each ($2,500 in first year, plus $1,000 for optional study abroad experience).
- For Top high school admission average.
- 250 scholarships at $8000 each ($6,000 in first year, plus $2,000 for an optional study abroad experience.)
More information on admission scholarships can be found here
There are various merit-based and needs-based awards within the health sciences faculty. The following are awards that may be achieved after you begin your first year.
- Brian Innes Health Studies Rural Health Award
- William Vernon Hill Scholarship
- The Parents Fund Award
- Dick and Zelma Fisher Distance Clinical Education Award
- Founders Awards
For details on faculty scholarships, check out this link here
As a first year health sciences student, there are 2.5 credits worth of required courses and 2.5 credits worth of electives that you may take. Required courses include:
Personal Determinants of Health (Health Sciences 1001A/B)
This course focuses on personal habits and patterns that affect health. Various health-related topics are covered, with an emphasis on how to improve individual health. Topics include stress, substance use, obesity, nutrition, exercise, chronic disease, aging and laughter!
Social Determinants of Health (Health Sciences 1002A/B)
This course introduces important social influences that may affect health, and encourages students to view health in relation to social factors, equity, and social justice. Topics include food security, working conditions, urbanization, environmental degradation, social marginalization and exclusion, immigration and colonialism.
Personal and Social Determinants of Resilience and Wellbeing (Health Sciences 1110A/B)
This course introduces the study of personal and social determinants of resilience. This is a newer course requirement, so I have not had to take it.
Biology for Science I (Biology 1001A)
This course is the first half of biology, with topics that include inheritance, evolution, ecology, behaviour, ecosystem health. There is also a lab component with this course.
Biology for Science II (Biology 1002B)
This course is the second half of biology, with topics that include molecular genetics, physiology, bioenergetics. There is also a lab component with this course.