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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Community Health (BA)


Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Community Health 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 learn 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 three 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.
  • 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 Mental Health and Addictions concentration provides you with the knowledge and applied skills necessary to provide service and support to persons who are affected by mental health and/or substance use problems.

If you choose to concentrate in Autism and Behavioural Science or Mental Health and Addictions, you will take courses from Conestoga College in your third year and earn a graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Sciences or Mental Health and Substance Abuse — At-Risk Populations respectively. In only four years, you will graduate with both an undergraduate degree from Laurier and a graduate certificate from Conestoga College, a pairing that normally takes five years to complete.

Interested in transferring to Laurier? Review our Admission Requirements and other information on how to apply in our Admissions Toolkit.

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Community Health

Program Highlights

  • View the Community Health experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • We have three major areas of focus: Health Studies; Autism and Behavioural Science; and Mental Health and Addictions.
  • Instructors integrate the latest scientific advancements and knowledge into their courses.
  • As in all Brantford campus programs, this one offers an experiential learning component.
  • Connect with your fellow students and create opportunities to grow and succeed in your field through the Health Studies Student Association.

Sample Courses

  • Canadian Health Care Systems
  • Critical Perspectives on Health and Human Sexuality
  • Health and Gender
  • Health Policy
  • Environment and Health
  • Global Health and Social Justice
  • Physical Determinants of Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Autism: Individual and Social Issues across the Spectrum
  • Issues in Mental Health
  • Disease and Society


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 24.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Leadership Option
  • Criminology Minor
  • Psychology Minor
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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