Upper-Year Registration

The information below is intended to help students in the School of Health Studies who are entering second, third or fourth year prepare for course registration. Due to the number of student inquiries that are received by the School of Health Studies on a daily basis, please read through the information on this page to find the answer to your question before contacting the office.

Full course descriptions for most courses are available in the Academic Calendar. For special topics courses that were offered previously,  course outlines can be accessed on the School of Health Studies website. Course outlines for the academic year will be posted as soon as they become available.

The Online Timetable lists all courses being offered for the academic year, including notes regarding course priorities and restrictions. Please be sure to check course restrictions and prerequisites in the Academic Calendar prior to attempting to register. Course priorities and/or restrictions are not usually waived.

Not all courses have had instructors assigned to them yet, but that information will be posted to the Online Timetable when it becomes available.

General Registration Information

Registration Times and Class Enrolment

Enrolment appointments are determined by a student's academic level/year of study and are assigned in the following order: Year 4 students, Year 3 students, Year 2 students. An email will be sent to each student's Western email once the enrolment appointment has been assigned, approximately 2 to 3 business days before the student's Fall/Winter enrolment start date.

A few courses offered through the School of Health Studies may fill up quickly. Students cannot receive special permission to be added to a course that is full. If a course has filled, students should still complete their schedule by taking other courses. New in 2020: Students may be able to add their names to a waitlist. Please see information on waitlists on the Registrar's Office website.

Priority Registration: Some courses will be listed as Priority to students registered in certain modules or programs. Those courses will open up to other students on the date listed in the timetable. Please note courses that are Restricted will not open up to students outside the listed modules or programs. Priority and Restricted classes are listed on the timetable, and details on when Priority conditions expire can be found on the Registrar's Office website.

Registration Dates

  • Second Year - July 19-23
  • Third Year - July 12-16
  • Fourth Year - July 5-9
  • Prioritiy Lifts - July 29 and August 3 (check timetable for details)

Note: Students are assigned registration times at random and the School of Studies is not able to override these times.

Prerequisites and Course Restrictions

Only courses listed in the online timetable are offered. We are not planning to add any more courses (or additional sections to courses currently listed) at this time. Please be sure you have taken the prerequisite before attempting enrol in a course. 

Students requiring special permission to take non-Health Sciences courses should contact the department offering the course. If/when permission is granted, the department should forward a notice of permission to our office via email (shsinfo@uwo.ca) to be noted on your academic record. To enrol in the course, you will need to call the helpline at 519-661-2100 when your online registration appointment opens.

If you receive an error message when registering for a course, be sure to check the prerequisite in the Academic Calendar and the course notes in the online timetable for an explanation. It is very important to check the notes and prerequisites when you receive an error message.


Antirequisites are listed in the  Academic Calendar under course descriptions. It is important not to take antirequisite courses as you can’t receive academic credit for courses with similar content. You need to be especially careful with courses such as HS 3801B (if you haven’t completed it yet), as it’s considered an antirequisite to all other statistics courses at the 2000 level or above.

Note: When there is an anti-requisite listed, you cannot take that course instead of the Health Sciences course.

Degree Requirements

It is important to be sure you have completed all the essay courses and breadth requirements for your degree. You have already all completed your Category ‘A’ (first year health sciences courses) and ‘C’ (first year Biology courses) but you may still need your Category ‘B’ which is 1.0 course credits and/or your 2.0 essay courses (of which 1.0 must be at the 2000-level or higher but which does not necessarily need to be in Health Studies).

Module Update - Honors Specialization in Health Promotion

HS 3290A/B has been withdrawn from the University’s course offerings and replaced with HS 3240A/B. Students in the Honors Specialization in Health Promotion who have not yet taken HS 3290A/B should take HS 3240A/B instead. The module has beeen formally updated in the Academic Calendar.

Health Sciences 2244

Because Health Sciences 2244 is Cross-listed with Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies 2244, students in Health Sciences modules can use Health Sciences 2244 as a Category B course towards their breadth requirements for graduation.

New Courses Offerings

The School of Health Studies is excited to offer several new course options for the current academic year. For a list of Special Topics courses, please visit our Course Outlines page.


HS 3721A/B: Aging Globally, Lessons from Scandinavia

This international course will introduce students to healthcare systems, public health policies, homecare practices, hospitals, long-term care, and aging research in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Students will gain cultural competencies and acquire knowledge in gerontology by collaborating with students overseas, and meeting older adults, researchers and policy makers throughout Scandinavia.

Antirequisite(s): Health Sciences 3091A/B (if taken in 2017/18 or 2018/19)

Note: This course was previously offered as Health Sciences 3091A/B, a special topics course. It has now been assigned a new number and become part of the School of Health Studies regular complement of courses. 

Extra Information: In 2021-22, we hope to deliver the course that will include travel in May 2022. Preparations are in full swing, but we all have to be mindful that COVID-19 travel restrictions might continue beyond December 2021 and we might have to pivot back to online delivery of this course on short notice. For more information, please attend info sessions on September 20 and 22, 2021.

HS 3093F: Special Topics, Media and Mental Health

Please see course outline, when available, for course details.


HS 4615F/G: History and Ethics of Food

Food is everywhere, and it is mundane – and this makes it important to examine further. Some are driven to not eat, some will only eat certain things, others monitor their intake of macronutrients. Many overeat to their own demise without knowing why. This course examines these questions and more.

Antirequisite(s): Health Sciences 4092F section 001, if taken in 2018/19 or 2019/20.

Note: This course was previously offered as Health Sciences 4092F/G, a special topics course. It has now been assigned a new number and become part of the School of Health Studies regular complement of courses.

HS 4092G: Special Topics, Trauma-Informed Care in the Health Professions

Please see course outline, when available, for course details.

Assistance with Course Registration

Students requiring help with the course registration process should consult the Registrar’s Office website, as well as their YouTube channel, which features step-by-step video guides to registration.

Students encountering technical difficulties with registration should contact the Registration Helpline at 519-661-2100 or complete the Helpline's online form to receive a call back.

Wait Lists

New this year, Health Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Communication Sciences Disorders courses with priority registration (noted in the timetable) will have a wait list option.

Second Year Registration Information

Typical Second-Year Course Loads

Please ensure that you’ve checked your adjudication comments (View My Grades -- Grade Report) so you know which module you’re registered in for the current academic year. You can find requirements for each Health Sciences program on our Programs pages.

As a general rule, students can follow these guidelines for building their upper-year timetables.

NOTE: These guidelines are for students who are enrolled exclusively in Health Sciences modules, and are not applicable to students who are enrolled in multiple modules, e.g. double majors.

For students in a Health Sciences Major:

  • Take 2.0 Health Sciences credits per year (years 2, 3 and 4) to achieve 6.0 credit Major
  • Take 3.0 electives per year to complete degree requirements

For students in a Health Sciences Specialization or Honors Specialization:

  • Take 3.0 Health Sciences credits per year (years 2, 3 and 4) to achieve 9.0 credit Specialization/Honors Specialization
  • Take 2.0 electives per year to complete degree requirements.

Required 2000-Level Courses

All Health Sciences modules require the following 2000 level courses:

While you are not required to take all of the above courses in your second year, they are recommended and some act as prerequisite courses for 3000- and 4000- level courses. Please review your module and the  Academic Calendar for further information.

Third and Fourth Year Registration Information

Independent Study and Practicum Courses

Independent Study and Practicum courses are available only to honors module students in years 4 (or 5) of the Health Studies program. Information regarding these course options, including links to the applications that are required to be completed and submitted to our office, is available on the Practicum and Independent Study page.

Returning Students (5th Year) Who Have Already Graduated

Students who have already graduated but are returning to take additional courses should reference the notes section of the online timetable. It is important to know that a variety of 3000- and 4000-level Health Studies courses will not be available until priorities lift on July 19. It is important to know that a variety of 3000- and 4000-level Health Studies courses will not be available until priorities lift. This is to ensure students who haven't yet graduated are able to obtain spaces in the courses they require for graduation.


When contacting the SHS office regarding course registration, please:

  • Email shsinfo@uwo.ca from your "UWO" email account
    • Include your student number in the email
  • Call 519-661-4119
    • Call to inquire about drop-in advising hours
  • Visit the School of Health Studies office
    • HSB Room 222