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Community Health (BA)


 brantford

Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Community Health (formerly Health Studies) program explores and recognizes the wide range of social, biological and institutional factors that influence the health and well-being of communities defined by geography, socioeconomic status, gender, cultural makeup, ability and vulnerability.

In this program you'll develop the capacity to:

  • Identify the most significant health challenges in communities.
  • Evaluate the factors that create health risks for members of those communities.
  • Study and make recommendations for program and policy interventions that will improve the health status within your communities of concern.

Consideration is also given to the Canadian and Ontario health-care systems, and the policy framework that underpins the provision of health and social services to specific communities and to the broader population.

Career-Relevant Areas of Specialization

You can focus your studies in one of 3 areas to best meet your educational and career goals:

  • The Health Studies concentration is well-suited to students wishing to pursue a broad array of potential career paths in the health and social services sector, including those requiring further education or training at the graduate level. Students in this concentration develop a considerable breadth of understanding with respect to the physical and social determinants of health, the organization of the health-care system, and methods for undertaking health research.

Students who choose one of the following 2 concentrations will complete their first, second and fourth years of study at Laurier's Brantford campus and their third year of study at Conestoga College’s Brantford campus. This enables you to earn an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Health from Laurier and a graduate certificate from Conestoga College in only 4 years.

  • The Autism and Behavioural Science concentration provides you with the knowledge and experience necessary to provide services and support to children with autism and their families.
  • The Addictions and Mental Health concentration is aimed at those wishing to work with clients experiencing mental health problems and/or issues with substance abuse.

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Program Highlights

  • We have 3 major areas of focus: Health Studies; Autism and Behavioural Science; and Addictions and Mental Health.
  • Community Health is a dynamic field, and your teachers will always integrate the latest scientific advancements and knowledge into their courses.
  • Connect with your fellow students through the program's campus club, which is geared towards raising awareness for health-related issues by focusing on a local and a global health issue each year.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Physical Determinants of Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Canadian Health Care Systems
  • Autism: Individual and Social Issues across the Spectrum
  • Issues in Mental Health
  • Disease and Society

Requirements

  • Admission range of low-mid 70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English.
  • IB Minimum Score: 28.

Careers

  • Community health consultant
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Placement coordinator
  • Seniors centre director
  • Pharmaceutical representative
  • Physical therapist

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