The School of Health Studies is a diverse community of students and professors committed to excellence in health studies. A Bachelor of Health Sciences degree provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective of health and well-being, with professors drawn from a variety of traditional academic areas, such as anatomy, epidemiology, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, nursing, rehabilitation sciences, and kinesiology. With the contemporary emphasis on inter-professional healthcare teams and systems, our interdisciplinary curriculum provides a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue professional training in medicine, or rehabilitation sciences (such as, speech pathology, physical therapy, or occupational therapy). It also provides an excellent background for students interested in careers or master's-level education in areas of health promotion, health policy, gerontology, bioethics, or health measurement.
The School of Health Studies is based on a holistic view of health and wellness. Health is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". WHO further states that "health is seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities".
Health is an essential part of wellness. Wellness refers to a positive state of human flourishing that includes the physical, mental (e.g. psycho/social), and spiritual/moral dimensions of the human experience.
The School reflects a commitment to understanding health and wellness and the changing health needs of society.
- To develop in students an appreciation for the holistic nature of health and wellness
- To expose students to a variety of concepts and issues in health and wellness, and enable them to develop expertise and skill in selected areas of interest
- To inspire students to think critically, reflectively and creatively on health-related issues, and to make decisions on the basis of evidence, ethics and values.