Virtual Open House

Welcome to the Department of Health Sciences Virtual Open House

The Department of Health Sciences at Brock is known for its one-of-a-kind degree programs.

We have a reputation for strong community partnerships, which provides our students with unique opportunities to gain valuable research and experiential education experience in many health sectors across Niagara, into the Greater Toronto Area, across Canada and worldwide.

The result is that our students are able to learn, engage and make a difference to the health of the population at a local, national and global level and are well prepared to move into professional programs such as graduate degrees in health research, medical schools, physiotherapy, health policy and promotion, nursing and leadership roles.

On this page, you’ll hear from current students about their Brock experience, as well as get valuable information from your future professors and alumni. This page showcases a sample of what Brock Department of Health Sciences has to offer you.  

Start exploring!

Chloe Harrison, Child Health Student Year 2

Jessica Dobroski, Public Health student, Year 4

Valerie Pagnotta, Medical Sciences student, Year 4

Department of Health Sciences Degree Programs

Bachelor of Child Health (BCH)  

This program provided a unique balance of overall children’s health, from mental to physiological perspectives, giving me a well-rounded understanding to help assess and treat children from infancy to adolescence.” 

– Lauren Collins, Child Health grad ’14 

Would you like to work with children?  

Are you interested in exploring child health from multiple perspectives?  

A Child Health degree from Brock University is for individuals who wish to develop a career working with children and adolescents in health-related professions. 

 The program draws on the strengths of the departments of Health Sciences and Child and Youth Studies to provide a degree that meets the needs of those interested in child health, wellness and child development. 

 Students in this program will explore child health from physical, mental, social, and emotional perspectives. 

 Students in their fourth year will gain practical skills through experiential learning opportunities in a health-related profession. 

Where can you go from here? 

  • Child Health Educator
  • Health Communications Specialist
  • Health Event Coordinator
  • Health Program Coordinator
  • Research Coordinator

With Further Study 

  • Behaviour Analyst
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Midwife
  • Medical Doctor
  • Naturopath
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Pathologist

In the field of Child Health, our faculty members are involved in leading research initiatives, for example, the Canadian Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study and the COMPASS system, a research platform for evaluating natural experiments and generating practice-based evidence in school-based prevention.

COURSES 

YEAR 1

  • Health Sciences 
  • Biology I and II 
  • Child and Youth Studies 
  • Statistics 
  • Humanities context credit 

 YEAR 2  

  • Biostatistics 
  • Health of Canadian Society 
  • Research Methods in Health 
  • Nutrition 
  • Child and Youth Development 
  • Children and Youth with Exceptionalities 
  • Childhood, Youth and Society 

YEAR 3  

  • Human Sexuality 
  • Issues in Health Policy 
  • Health Promotion 
  • Health of Children  

YEAR 4 

  •  Mental Health and Addictions 
  • Experiential Learning in Child Health 
  • Child Mental Health 
  • Physical Activity in Child Health and Disease 

Learn more about degree requirements and course information in the current Health Sciences Calendar 

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH  

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Community Health  

“What made this program unique for me was my ability to pair my study at Brock with a diploma in Dental Hygiene from Niagara College.” 

– Stephanie Klok, Community Health grad ’14

Are you interested in helping to improve the health of your community? 

 Our three-year degree in Community Health will provide you with the knowledge and theories needed to pursue a career in the health field.  

This program is ideal if you are interested in receiving a broad, well-rounded understanding of health and wellness at both the individual and societal levels.  

You will gain a solid understanding of the theories and application models underpinning health promotion and disease prevention. You will acquire a good understanding of the Canadian health system, as well as the various determinants of human health, including social, biological and environmental.  

The various courses in health research and statistics will also prepare you to understand health patterns and trends in different sectors of the population.  

After obtaining this degree, you will be prepared for the job market, but you can also continue your education with additional training to become specialized in a health-related field.  

An important feature of our Community Health program is that it allows entry to students coming directly from high school and to professionals looking to improve their career.  

Individuals who have obtained a human-health related degree at a Canadian publicly funded college may apply to this program and receive a recognized number of credits toward their degree.  

Where can you go from here?  

  • Health Communications Specialist
  • Health Educator
  • Event Coordinator
  • Wellness Consultant

With Further Study 

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Health Inspector
  • Massage Therapist
  • Occupational Health and Safety Manager 
  • Pharmacy Technician

COURSES

YEAR 1

  • Health Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Humanities context credit
  • Sciences context credit

 YEAR 2  

  • Biostatistics
  • Health of Canadian Society
  • Research Methods in Health
  • Health and Behaviour

 YEAR 3 

  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research in Health Sciences
  • Health Promotion

Learn more about degree requirements and course information in the current Health Sciences Calendar 

 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Medical Sciences

“This program has fully equipped me with the expertise required to follow my passion on the path to clinical or medical research.”

– Dan Prinsen, Medical Sciences grad ’14

Are you looking for a program that will prepare you to pursue a medical career?

Brock’s BSc in Medical Sciences has been developed for those who want to continue studies in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, chiropractic, physiotherapy, and other health professions.

This program allows students to focus on the biomedical foundations of human health, with courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology,      immunology, chemistry and, biology. In addition, students receive a strong foundation on social determinants of health.

This degree focuses on human health, and the electives allow students to tailor the program to obtain prerequisites in order to further education at multiple schools. Additionally, several courses have an integrated wet lab component that provides an experience relevant to clinical and research settings.

This program prepares you for a career in health care and is well recognized by Ontario medical, dental, pharmacy, and chiropractic schools, amongst others.

This Medical Sciences degree is designed to help students meet entrance requirements for North American schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Optometry and Naturopathy.

Where can you go from here?

  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Data Analyst
  • Health Analyst
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Program Evaluator
  • Research Coordinator
  • Workplace Health Consultant

With Further Study

  • Biostatistician
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Nutritionist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Genetics Counsellor
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Doctor
  • Midwife
  • Naturopath
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech Pathologist

COURSES

YEAR 1

  • Health Sciences
  • Biology I and II
  • Chemical Principles and Properties I and II
  • Statistics

YEAR 2

  • Human Systems Anatomy
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Research Methods in Health
  • Biostatistics

YEAR 3

  • Health of Canadian Society
  • Medical Microbiology

Choice of Nutrition, Immunology, Endocrinology, Pharmacology, Cardiac Pathophysiology

YEAR 4

  • Research Methods in Epidemiology
  • Human Pathology
  • Clinical Epidemiology

*Students have opportunities to participate in practicums and faculty supervised research projects.

Learn more about degree requirements and course information in the current Health Sciences Calendar

Bachelor of Public Health (BPH)

“Through the public health program, I was able to work with an interdisciplinary team of health professionals on a project called I-EQUIP. Together we collaborated to find new and innovative ways to transform the healthcare system.”

– Erica Bridge, Public Health grad ’13

As the oldest Bachelor of Public Health degree in Canada, our program provides you with a highly sought-after specialization that will enable you to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with emerging issues in public health that affect both local and global communities.

Our program focuses on individual, community, and population health and wellness with an emphasis on health promotion, health administration, health policy, and health programming and evaluation. You will also learn about the biological, and environmental determinants of health.

The knowledge and practical skills you will gain, include:

  • developing public health programs and policies;
  • planning, implementing, managing disease prevention and health promotion programs;
  • and conducting health research.

 

Where can you go from here?

  • Health Care Manager
  • Health Communications Specialist
  • Public Health Promotor
  • Health Event Coordinator
  • Data Analyst
  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Health Program Coordinator
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Manager of Health and Safety Operations
  • Research Coordinator

With further study

  • Biostatistician
  • Dietician/Nutritionist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health Inspector
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Midwife
  • Naturopath

Learn more about degree requirements and course information in the current Health Sciences Calendar

COURSES

YEAR 1

  • Health Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Humanities context credit
  • Sciences context credit

YEAR 2

  • Biostatistics
  • Health of Canadian Society
  • Research Methods in Health
  • Health and Behaviour
  • Public Health and Society

YEAR 3

  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Biostatistics II
  • Issues in Health Policy
  • Qualitative Research in Health Sciences
  • Health Promotion
  • Processes of Health and Wellness

YEAR 4

  • Health Administration
  • Global Issues in Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health Capstone
  • Research Methods in Epidemiology

*Students have opportunities to participate in faculty-supervised research projects.

Learn more about degree requirements and course information in the current Health Sciences Calendar

This concurrent degree program in public health is the first of its kind in Canada.

Students are granted direct entry to both four-year BPH (delivered face-to-face) and one-year MPH (delivered completely online) degree programs, allowing for the completion of two degrees within five years. They may choose to pursue both degrees, or exit the program after their BPH degree if their career or academic aspirations change.

Come for a Bachelor’s; leave with a Master’s

This highly desirable public health specialization places an emphasis on the science of protecting the safety and improving the health of communities through education, policy making and research for disease and injury prevention.

Core competency skills include:

  • population epidemiology,
  • biostatistics,
  • qualitative research methods,
  • infection control,
  • emergency preparedness,
  • health equity,
  • social marketing and communications,
  • e-health
  • health promotion, and
  • policy-making.

The MPH program also offers a 32-week practicum—completed in Canada or internationally—which enriches students’ research skills, and expands their professional competencies and networks.

Career opportunities

  • Health Policy and Promotion Officer
  • Public Health Management
  • Health Systems Analyst
  • Research Coordinator

This concurrent degree program offers an undergraduate co-op and non co-op option.

Learn more about Brock’s online Master of Public Health program

COURSES

YEARS 1 – 4: See Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) sample schedule above.

YEAR 5 -Accelerated Program

  • Quality Health Systems Through Collaboration and Partnership
  • Qualitative Research: Interviewing and Beyond
  • Epidemiology
  • Critical Foundations of Public Health
  • Biostatistics in Public Health
  • Policy and Practice: Critical Evaluation and Synthesis in Program Planning
  • Public Health Practicum

** Programs Plus sample elective opportunities include:

  • Infection Control and Environmental Health,
  • Global Issues and Health Equity,
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness,
  • Social Marketing and Health Communication,
  • Environmental and Occupational Health,
  • Health Economics,
  • Leading Change in Public Health

Learn more about degree requirements and course information in the current graduate and undergraduate calendars

Our creative teaching methods enable students to learn and apply knowledge from biosciences, social sciences, statistical sciences, and the humanities to understand the health of individuals, families, and communities.

Navigate through our slideshow presentation to learn more about the programs and opportunities that are available to students in the Department of Health Sciences at Brock University.

Download Here >>> HLSC Fall Preview 2020

Reading the admissions chart

 OUAC code: The program code you will place on your application at ouac.on.ca

 Programs and degrees: The name of the program and the degree conferred upon

graduation.

Co-op: Indicates if co-op is available.

 Required Grade 12 subjects: These courses will be included in the calculation of your admission average.

Recommended courses: These courses are NOT required for admission, but may bebeneficial in preparing for program content. No admissions preference will be given to students with these courses.

Expected admissions average: These ranges are based on admission averages from previous years. Exact cut-offs for 2021 entry will be determined according to program availability and the quality and quantity of applications received. Achieving the minimum percentage listed does not guarantee admission.

For more information on OUAC codes by program and degree within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences view the Admissions Information pdf here >>

This document also includes required and recommended subjects and competitive averages.

Why choose a Brock University degree program?

STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES

“The opportunity for students to work in the cadaver lab, work with the Anatomage table and compare what they are seeing with newly purchased anatomy models provides a full range of learning resources that are unique to Brock’s undergraduate program.”

 –Rebecca MacPherson, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

Anatomy and Cadaver Labs

 Brock University students have access to the most technologically advanced visualization system for anatomy education of any undergraduate program in Canada.

As the first comprehensive university in Canada to have an Anatomage Table for undergraduate anatomy classes, our students interact with anatomy in a functional way, resulting in an enhanced learning experience.

The table features human micro and macroscopic 3D anatomy systems, allowing students to see the organ, muscle and bone on the table, while at the same time seeing the tissues’ cellular structures.

Starting in first-year, Health Sciences students take a systemic and musculoskeletal anatomy class which includes a cadaver lab every other week.

Through a partnership with McMaster’s Medical school satellite program, located on Brock’s campus, first-year classes work in the cadaver lab to observe and investigate with the opportunity for manipulation of the specimens.

Newly purchased Anatomy Lab models for Health Sciences students, include:

• Brain with cranial nerves and circle of Willis

• Functional larynx

• Ankle joint with ligaments

• Wrist and hand joint with ligaments

• Elbow and wrist joints with ligaments

• Deep lumbar spinal muscle model

• Deep cervical spinal muscle model

• Spinal cord and peripheral nerve model

Wet labs

At Brock, we offer a breadth of wet labs, to further enhance student engagement throughout their academic journey.

Students get to tailor their education by choosing different experiences, such as visualizing the human body at the macroscopic and cellular level; running physiology and immunology experiments to understand human systems; studying the mechanics of body movement or getting immersed in the microbial world.

Pathology students, for example, access pathological specimens brought in each week from McMaster University, as well as lab consumables in Brock’s 573 Glenridge Lab. We have recently invested in more microscopes and slides of “normal” and pathological tissues, as well as slides for the students to stain themselves to enhance experiential learning.

Newly purchased Wet Lab equipment, includes:

 • Monochromator Plate Reader for spectrophotometric measurements of samples by colour

• Various equipment used for conducting protein analysis in immune-cancer cell interactions (e.g. electrophoresis chambers)

• Light Microscopes for blood smear viewing

• Consumables for use at the lab bench (antibodies, chemicals and biologicals for cell treatments and assay measurements, media for growing cells, various sterile plastics, etc.)

Cairns Family Health & Bioscience Research Complex

 The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex (CFHBC) is advancing Canada’s science and technology infrastructure. It houses world-class work by researchers in areas like cancer, infectious diseases, and bone and muscle health. It is a hub for innovative research and knowledge transfer. Students interested in research will have the opportunity to work in the CFHBC in upper years.

 

Students have opportunities to participate in internships and gain practical experience in a health-related profession of their choice.

Community partners

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (FAHS) has more than 350 active community partners dedicated to providing students with opportunities in experiential learning and research.

Through our strong community partnerships, students gain valuable research and experiential education experience in many health sectors from health research, hospital care, public health, and community not-for-profit organizations.

Of the Faculty of Applied Health Science’s more than 3,900 undergraduate students, more than 75% of them participate in experiential learning prior to graduating. This adds up to more than 4 million hours of community service work completed by FAHS undergraduate students annually.

The result is that our students are able to learn, engage and make a difference to the health of the population at a local, national and global level and are well prepared to move into professional programs such as graduate degrees in health research, medical schools, physiotherapy, health policy and promotion, nursing and leadership roles.

Gain experience without leaving campus

We are home to some of the longest-running experiential learning opportunities for students at Brock.

Placements range from athletic injury management, to supporting children and youth participation in inclusive and adaptive physical activities.

Work with Brock athletes or help to provide seniors and individuals with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, and amputations with exercise programs specific to their individual needs.

There are many rewarding experiences waiting for you.

Learn more >>

Bridging academic and community health innovations, the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being pursues multi-disciplinary research and provides supervised community exercise programs to improve health and quality-of-life in older adults, cardiac patients, and individuals with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and amputees.

The Brock-Niagara Centre provides the opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in rehabilitation, medicine, physiotherapy and other healthcare related professions with the chance to develop professional skills in dealing with specific populations in real-life situations.

Learn more >

Brock Health Sciences offers a unique two-year Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program (I-EQUIP) — where students work on the design and implementation of applied projects with local health-related organizations.

The aim is to provide an experiential education opportunity for students to learn about and apply change management, quality improvement and teamwork principles to projects in an effort to enhance health services and programs.

Learn more >

Interested in pursuing a career in health care?

Med Plus is a four-year non-credit program which runs concurrently with students’ academic study.

Students who complete Med Plus go on to pursue further education in medical, physiotherapy, chiropractic, graduate school and more.

Learn more >

Sample Student Initiatives

The Mobility Project,

The Mobility Project

The Mobility Project is about movement – about people getting where they want to go and how they got there.  It’s about engaging people and sparking a dialogue about bodies & barriers, resilience & resistance, passion & determination, creativity & courage, stigma & disability.

Through Their Eyes Project

Through Their Eyes Project

Through Their Eyes is a community-campus partnership that gets undergraduate students who are studying public health out into the community to learn firsthand the strengths, challenges, and opportunities for making communities healthy places!

Cope Care Connect

Cope Care Connect is an initiative of some truly amazing Public Health students in Brock University’s Department of Health Sciences Department who are fostering a campus culture that reduces distress and increases resilience among all members of the Brock community.

COVID-19 Prevention Pixel Colouring Book

Spotless Sammy the Sanitizer helps English speaking school-aged children in grades 5 to 8 learn more about the importance of COVID-19 preventative measures with this pixel colouring book created by students for students.

Sample Student Public Health Messages

This Is Public Health: Fall Injury Prevention

This Is Public Health: Stay Safe, Ditch the Vape

Sample Brock Research

What happens to brain cells with Alzheimer’s disease?

How do intestinal parasites affect children and communities?

brock students at Niagara Falls

Important Dates

Stay on schedule and be sure you don’t miss any deadlines

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Health Sciences Calendar

Learn more about degree requirements and course information in the current Health Sciences Calendar.

Contact Us

Administrative

Mary Montgomery
Office: STH 329
905 688 5550 x4228
hlsc@brocku.ca

Department Chair

Paul LeBlanc
Professor
Office: STH 327
905 688 5550 x4216
hlscchair@brocku.ca

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM COORDINATOR/ACADEMIC ADVISOR

Maryann Polce-Gordon
Office: STH 325
905 688 5550 x4790
HLSCadvisor@brocku.ca

Undergraduate Experiential Learning

Janet Westbury
Office: STH 324
905 688 5550 x4143
jwestbury@brocku.ca