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March 29, 2015
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Health Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health and health care. Students learn that health is determined by far more than the availability of health care, and that health care itself involves more than simply treating illness. Health Studies is a dynamic field, continually evolving to integrate scientific advancements and new knowledge about the role of social and environmental influences on health and well-being, the costs of health care, and the impact of illness on productivity and quality of life. Our programs are designed to offer students insight into:

  • the social, biological, and environmental causes of illness
  • health care policies and the social and political structures that inform them
  • the management of health care in both everyday and crisis situations
  • the challenges and opportunities associated with providing care for specific populations
  • the strengths and challenges of prevention over symptom-based treatments

Health Studies Programs


Our Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Studies is intended to provide students with a broad, comprehensive understanding of health and health care.In addition to a core curriculum, course selection available to BA students provides an opportunity to customize their area of concentration.Although many students select their courses more widely, others choose to focus their degree in one of the following areas:

  • Aging and the Life Course: The Canadian population is getting older. The implications for our health care systems are significant. Aging-specific health care issues will continue to influence the health care field, and demand for seniors’ residences and nursing homes will increase dramatically over the next 20 years. Courses specific to gerontology allow students to learn about the needs and concerns of this growing segment of the population.
  • Community Health and Health Care: Preventative medicine, health promotion, and dealing with modern health problems are the types of issues that concern community health care professionals. Courses will focus on the social nuances between groups and cultures, how to identify social inequalities in health status and access to care, how to protect vulnerable groups, the special needs of rural and minority communities, and complimentary health care
  • Health Policy and Analysis: Students who choose to focus in this area will become conversant with a wide range of health policy issues. Topics studied include government health and welfare programs, health crisis management and health care delivery systems.

Program requirements for the Honours BA in Health Studies cab be found here


It's been said that medicine is both an art and a science, and our Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Health Studies is built around that very idea. Starting with the core curriculum of our BA programs, we add science courses to ensure that students gain a fundamental understanding of the biological basis of human health and disease. This combination of coursework in the arts and sciences provides an opportunity for students to understand human health and well-being from perspectives ranging from the cell to society, and should appeal to those looking to maximize both their expertise and career flexibility.

Core course requirements in the BASc program:

  • BI110 - Unifying Life Processes
  • BI111 - Biological Diversity and Evolution
  • BI236 - Cell and Molecular Biology
  • CH110 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • CH111 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II
  • CT203/HS203 - Disease and Society
  • HS200 - Social Determinants of Health
  • HS201 - Canadian Health Care Systems
  • HS202 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • HS204 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • HS206 - Genetics and the Human Genome
  • HS227/CT227 - Aging: Realities and Myths
  • HS300 - Infection and Immunity
  • HS304 - Nutrition and Metabolism
  • HS315 - Pathophysiology
  • HS320 - Principles of Epidemiology
  • HS322 - Health Policy: Social and Political Forces in the Health Care System
  • HS324 – Biostatistics
  • MA100 - Introductory Calculus for the Natural Sciences

Program requirements for the Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health Studies can be found here.


The health care and social service industry in Canada is the second largest employment sector, with over 1.6 million employees.  Health care budgets are growing, the population is aging, and physicians and other health care professionals are in short supply.  Rising demands for health care, costlier and more diverse treatments, and an increased awareness of the ways in which infectious disease outbreaks can disrupt service delivery and the economy suggest that it takes more than a medical background to manage these issues.

Laurier Brantford's Health Administration program offers a blend of health studies, leadership, business and contemporary studies courses, designed to give students a broad understanding of the diverse factors affecting the development and delivery of health care, both domestically and internationally.  With a complex set of relationships between personnel, organizations, and government, health professionals require a diverse set of skills and a broad knowledge base in order to effectively work within the contemporary health-care system.

Program requirements for the Honours BA in Health Administration can be found here.

To request information from Laurier Brantford about Health Studies, please visit this website.

For information about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Office.


Dr. Kari Brozowski
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator, Health Studies & Health Administration

Dr. Timothy Gawley
Associate Professor, Contemporary Studies & Health Studies

Dr. Rebecca Godderis
Program Coordinator, Society, Culture, and Environment (formerly Contemporary Studies); Assistant Professor, Society, Culture, and Environment & Health Studies

Dr. James A. LeClair
Associate Professor, Health Studies; Program Coordinator, Brantford Foundations

Dr. Janet McLaughlin
Assistant Professor, Health Studies; Research Associate, International Migration Research Centre (IRMC), WLU
(on leave)

Dr. Josephine McMurray
Assistant Professor, Buisness Technology Management & Health Studies

Dr. Richelle Monaghan
Assistant Professor, Health Studies

Dr. Katherine Rossiter
Assistant Professor, Health Studies

Main Office:

Office of the Dean, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
Research & Academic Centre East - RCE 116
(519) 756-8228 ext.5782

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Kari Brozowski
Research & Academic Centre East - RCE 243
(519) 756-8228 ext.5794

Academic Program Assistant:

Kaitlyn Fowler
Research & Academic Centre East - RCE 208
(519) 756-8228 ext.5563