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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 22, 2014
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Health Sciences

Health Sciences at Laurier 

The Health Sciences program at Laurier is designed for students interested in pursuing postgraduate opportunities in health-related fields, such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy and veterinary medicine.

Students approach the study of health through a combination of fundamental courses in biology, chemistry, psychology and math, as well as applied health courses. Exposure to health-care practitioners and applied researchers lend relevance and scope to the academic curriculum. 

Program highlights

  • Students may choose a “generalist” stream or may elect to focus in one of the applied areas of specialization (Bio-Med, Med-Chem or Med-Psych). 
  • Students gain hands-on laboratory and practical experiences through field placement components integrated into senior health sciences courses. 
  • Health Sciences utilizes Laurier’s Community Service-Learning (CSL) program allowing students to engage directly in theory-to-practice experience. 
  • Through a case-based learning approach in several senior courses, students are introduced to the pedagogical method used by many health-allied professional programs 

Course offering 

  • Research Methods for Health Science
  • Human Anatomy
  • Organic Chemistry I : Fundamentals
  • Cell and Modular Biology

Admission requirements 

4U Requirements IB Requirements  Admission Range 

English at 60%; 

Advanced Functions at 60%

Biology at 60%;

Chemistry at 60% 

*Combined minimum average of 75% in 4U Math & Science courses

HL or SL English at 4; 

HL or SL Biology at 4;

HL or SL Chemisty at 4;

HL or SL Mathematics at 4 

Low - mid 80s

IB Minimum score: 30 


Health Science graduates can take further studies in graduate health sciences programs or in professional programs, including:

  • medicine
  • dentistry
  • education
  • health administration
  • pharmacy
  • physiotherapy 
  • veterinary medicine 

The program is specifically designed to allow students the opportunity to meet the course requirements for health-allied post-graduate programs such as:

  • chiropractic
  • occupational therapy 
  • speech pathology
  • optometry 
  • respiration therapy
A degree in Health Sciences from Laurier will also help prepare you for the 
  • MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) 
  • DAT (Dentistry College Admissions Test) 
  • OAT (Optometry Admissions Test) 

Student experience 

0000cowie.jpgAllyson Cowie, now a third-year Health Sciences student, was excited to start studying at Laurier. For her, it was the combination of sciences, health studies and electives that made Cowie choose Laurier. “The opportunities that come with the Health Sciences program, as well as being a Laurier student, are truly amazing, “she says, “At Laurier, everyone wants to see others succeed.”

According to Cowie, Laurier is more than an educational institution; it’s a community full of positive energy and great people. It’s also a place where you discover more than science, you can find your path to success. “For me, my time in Health Sciences so far has been a challenging and rewarding journey, one that I can’t wait to continue."

Cowie plans to follow the Bio-Med Specialization within Health Sciences. Upon graduation she hopes to attend medical school in pursuit of a career in pediatric medicine.

Faculty experience 

0000MacPhee.jpg“The one aspect I like most about Wilfrid Laurier University is that we teach and work in an environment that readily provides us with the opportunity to get to know our students,” says Dr. Renée MacPhee, a professor in the Health Sciences program. 

MacPhee is one of the first to be appointed to a tenure track position as assistant professor in the recently created Health Sciences program. She completed her PhD in Health Studies and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo. In addition, she has taught at Laurier since 2004 in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education with research interests in the area of emergency health-care. 

“In order to adequately prepare students for careers in the field of health sciences, one must be readily able to address all facets of health,” she says. Using community links like the Region of Waterloo Public Health Department, Region of Waterloo EMS and other services as well as field trips to the Ontario Science Centre, MacPhee is able to bring the reality of the health field into the classroom. 

“These experiences create a living classroom, provide salient experiential learning experiences, and provide students with opportunities they might not otherwise have to learn about the world in which we live”.